If you’re remotely connected to tech, you’re likely to have heard of ChatGPT. It’s the AI-powered chatbot that’s been making headlines ever since it was launched in late 2022.

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ChatGPT is designed to generate responses based on prompts and requests from users. It can produce everything from job descriptions to essays and poetry. It’s been used to generate headlines, write product descriptions and even write messages for dating sites. Here’s how it describes itself, in response to a request by Forbes:

“ChatGPT is a large language model developed by OpenAI that has been trained on a diverse range of internet text to generate human-like responses to a given prompt. It is based on the GPT (Generative Pre-training Transformer) architecture and can be fine-tuned for various language tasks such as question answering, language translation, and text summarization.”

While some see it as a novelty and others are impressed by the success of the AI technology, there’s also a darker side to tools like ChatGPT. Crucially, whether or not it’s a threat to human-occupied jobs.

Will ChatGPT and AI tools change the world of work?

A number of industries have started to ring alarm bells about mainstream use of AI-powered tools such as ChatGPT.

Similar concerns have been circulating for some time, as more organisations adopt automated systems and tools. Many of these are powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, and are designed to automate manual and repetitive tasks.

The idea is that these tools will free up time for human workers, so they can focus on more valuable work instead. But worries over potential job losses and a new industrial revolution persist.

In relation to specific tools like ChatGPT, certain sectors have expressed their concerns. This includes academic and educational institutions, who are worried about the ethics of using AI tools to generate papers and even children’s homework. This has even led to the creation of a tool called GPTZero by a student, who claims it can determine whether or not a piece of writing was created by ChatGPT.

Search engines such as Google are alarmed by the popularity of ChatGPT, fearing that users will find information and websites using the chatbot instead. Copywriters, graphic designers, artists and other content generators are also worried that AI tools could render their roles redundant.

So, where does this leave us?

Unfortunately, at this early stage, no one quite knows what the long-term implications of AI-powered technology will be for jobs and human-led work. ChatGPT and other tools like it present an exciting prospect to enhance human talent and skills. But it remains to be seen whether they will replace certain job roles altogether.

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