In the world of rapidly changing artificial intelligence, the unexpected can happen. Last year OpenAI’s GPT-3 revolutionized artificial intelligence with great language skills. It showed talents no one thought possible (even its creators were amazed), and soon commercial opportunities — such as code, email, copy, or news article writing applications — began to be revealed. GPT-3 is the best example of how artificial intelligence can change the rules of the game overnight.
GPT-3 was an eye-opening milestone. It changed the course of events, even though we don’t yet know where we’re going. At least most of us. Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, wrote this tweet a few days ago:
“Prediction: AI causes the price of work in front of a computer to fall much faster than the price of work in the physical world.
This is the opposite of what most people (including me) expected and has strange effects. “
Altman’s bold prediction fits perfectly with the GPT-3 vibe created last year. If it can write code, could it stop encoding? If it can write poems, fiction or songs, could it stop writing? It seems that we need to completely rethink our perspective on the future that is coming for us.
And it’s not just GPT-3. Other, more efficient systems that are also capable of multitasking – such as Google’s mother or Chinese Wu Dao 2.0 – has been published recently. Combined with the high availability of a huge amount of computing power through cloud services, these technologies could degrade jobs that seemed safe a long time ago. Now a person who can’t code or write can tell GPT-3 to do it for them with amazing results.
I don’t think artificial intelligence will kill coding or replace writers, but these jobs will certainly make an impact. If everyone could use artificial intelligence after five years like Shakespeare or Hemingway, but in a new unique style, what happens to the value of good writing? Maybe as a Twitter user pointed out The problem with Sam Altman’s chain is that “people are nowhere near as creative as we think we are”.
Thanks to their language skills, GPT-3 & Co is able to perform a wide range of tasks that fall into the category of computer-based non-routine cognitive jobs: public relations, finance, programming, creative (writers, writers, musicians …), and many more. No one knows how or how much artificial intelligence affects these jobs, but those of us who work with our brains in repetitive tasks in front of a computer experience the consequences in one way or another.