Will ChatGPT and AI Replace Us?

Should you be worried about ChatGPT and AI?

In the past few months we’ve seen the emergence of several breakthrough AI systems.

First, DALL-E created unique artwork and digital images for us based on short natural language prompts.

Second, Jukebox made use of neural nets to generate music, including singing, in a variety of genres and artist styles.

And now, ChatGPT is answering our questions, writing our articles, and giving us advice.

It’s doing a damn fine job of it too and will only get more sophisticated with time.

For decades now, technophiles have tried to allay our AI job displacement concerns.

“Technology has always created more jobs than it destroys.”

“AI will free people up to work on less rudimentary and more interesting work.”

“Human beings were meant to be creative, and that is one thing AI won’t be able to do.”

But as we witness the rapid emergence of generative-AI models, it’s hard to stand by these claims.

Since launching a week ago, ChatGPT has attracted over one million users, and unlike crypto before it, it has seen the proliferation of numerous real-world use cases that don’t require mental gymnastics to make sense of.

People are using it in myriad ways:

  • Writing articles, emails, letters, and jokes
  • Getting relationship, health or life advice
  • Performing market research
  • Plotting stories
  • Generating SQL queries
  • Turning unstructured data into structured code
  • Generating code from scratch
  • Coming up with marketing strategies
  • Writing contracts
  • Identifying interesting topics to write about

It has so many use cases, that it is becoming widely considered a Google Killer.

In some ways, ChatGPT’s simplicity and elegance does to Google what Tesla did to internal combustion engine vehicles. It makes Google look stupid.

It’s clear today that AI can be creative, and that AI can replace not only rudimentary tasks but also cognitive tasks that usually require deep expertise and deep work to complete, but can do so in an instant.

Yes, ChatGPT is far from perfect, but when you consider the rate at which technology progresses, it won’t be long before it is.

So what does this mean for humanity?

So much of our sense of self and identity is tied up in what we do, our unique insights, our contributions to the world.

If we lose a sense of identity or purpose, our whole world can effectively come crashing down. It can pre-empt mental health spirals and depression.

And so, what do we do about this?

What value do we have to our current organizations, if much of what we do, can and will be automated away?

  1. Rethink what we do, and consider pivoting to something else
  2. Find a way to go above and beyond in our current roles and deliver a unique contribution in a way that AI can’t yet (for example, human relationship building)
  3. Leverage ChatGPT to be 10X the contributor we were before 💪

Since the dawn of time, our survival has been dependent on our adaptability to change.

And in these heady times, it seems we will need to adapt or ultimately perish.

Ultimately, it comes down to whether we choose to see ChatGPT and tools like it as a threat or an opportunity.

In an AI-driven world, choosing the latter path will make us more likely to succeed.