Will AI take my job? How can we protect ourselves from artificial intelligence? What jobs will AI replace? What jobs will be relevant by 2030?
These are a few questions that people ask regarding artificial intelligence. The fear and panic are real. Well, the answer to some of these questions is yes, while for others, it’s not so simple. It’s a forked reality riddled with more questions.
Yes. The machines are waking up. Don’t worry, we still have a long way to go before the Sarah Connor Chronicles play out, or the Decepticons decide we are standing in their way. Well, I know once many people hear the word “Ai,” they imagine gloom and doom. Let’s lighten it up a little bit.
You may have seen or read the Pretoria of online opinions and counter-opinions about the rise of AI (particularly the current king of them all: AKA ChatGPT) and the amazing things it can do, as well as how it will change our work lives, social lives, and many industries. Well, this is to tell you what you may have already suspected: “The AI will only get smarter.” Ta-da.
Only two choices present themselves here: wake up and learn to integrate them into your work flow, or learn to beat the machines. We will talk about the morality of the tools later. As previously stated, this is not a piece about the morality of AI or how it will take our jobs. This is to tell you to prepare. They have already started taking the jobs. Imagine a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie created by Michael Bay where the Autobots are playing on our side right now. That’s a good or bad thing, depending on how you see it. Your worry should be when the Decepticons enter the scene.
I think “When the Yogurt Took Over,” from “Love, Death, + Robots” ( Season 1, Episode 6), made it subtle but highlighted our deepest flaw: our overdependence on little machines. It may have been intentional that John Scalzi reimagined the machines without bodies to rule out the scary Terminator vibe. But the point was clear: AI will get smarter and possibly outsmart us.
Not to digress, so how do you beat the machines?
How to Prevent Artificial Intelligence from Taking Your Job
If you are wondering what to do to keep your job from AI, the answer to the earlier question is this: Do what the machines can’t do.
So how do you beat a machine that is going to become a million times faster and smarter than you? Again, the answer is the same: learn to do something that the AI can’t. If you can’t think of anything else, let me put it this way: AI is unable to cook for the time being. Not everyone will want to be a chef, or, on the other side, eat what was prepared by AI. but you get the idea. There are still a million and one things that need the human touch, and even if AI begins to do them in the future, people, being people, will one day seek the ones with a human touch.
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I also think that as more and more AI tools are created, the more valuable human skills will be in the long run. This will follow the simple law of diminishing returns. For example, when you have seen so much AI-made art, you will one day desire the brush strokes of a flawed human making flawed lines on a canvas. Therefore, high supplies of AI will reduce demand, and the scarcity of human skills will increase the value of whatever is needed from it.
So tilt toward the jobs Ai cannot do. In my next piece, I will highlight what jobs AI cannot do in detail and let you know how to follow them up while there is still time.
In conclusion, AI will come to stay and enhance everything, or at least come close. While many scientists and top thinkers have warned of the imminent doom of developing AI, for now it is going to aid humans. But for those afraid of their jobs, just do what AI cannot do. You will be fine. I will leave you with a quote by Stephen Hawking on AI:
“Already we have concerns that clever machines will be increasingly capable of undertaking work currently done by humans, and swiftly destroy millions of jobs. AI could develop a will of its own, a will that is in conflict with ours and which could destroy us… In short, the rise of powerful AI will be either the best or the worst thing ever to happen to humanity.”