ChatGPT is going to change the world; it will replace programmers, replace jobs, replace developers, and destroy education. Ohh, I forgot one thing – ChatGPT will take over the world. These are some of the terms you find if you write on Google ChatGPT will… But is it? I mean, is it that scary?
And, of course, you are always gonna have this friend who is convinced that ChatGPT is the most scary thing ever and that we all should find new ways to live life. But personally, I’m not sure ChatGPT is such a scary technology. And bear in mind that I’m not talking about AI in general but simply about ChatGPT. Maybe I’m wrong, but I am still not convinced by the apocalypse that is about to be caused by AI chatbots.
Why ChatGPT will not change the world?
ChatGPT will certainly improve a lot of things. Presumably, it can help developers and coders create more powerful technologies, help content writers and copywriters generate content, translators easily translate languages, and even musicians make music without knowing music.
But is it going to change the world??? I mean, besides developers who can now use AI bots to write codes for them, what’s the big change here? So we’ll have more content online. Anyway, ChatGPT uses content that is already written somewhere to create more content. It’s a pure case of pulp fiction, and Google and other search engines are those who have to make the adjustments. I genuinely cannot believe this is going the change the way we consume content. Moreover, people still want to read genuine and authentic content. ChatGPT can mimic that, but I doubt if it could ever create something from scratch.
What about education? Many people claim that ChatGPT and other AI bots are going to destroy education. Well, not sure about that. I mean, it certainly has the potential to spread misinformation and unreliable content. Yet, humankind is striving to explore and learn more and more. Education is the passport to the future. So, maybe ChatGPT can help students pass an exam or deliver homework with no effort, but for those who are keen to expand their knowledge, ChatGPT is nothing but a valuable tool. Anyway, these students who use ChatGPT to pass an exam will have or want, at some point, to get education and knowledge. That’s human nature, not necessarily necessity.
What’s more? ChatGPT can also be used in music to generate melodies, chord progression, and even an entire album. But even so, as someone who is producing music as a hobby, I cannot see anything that can replace the emotions of music, the excitement of playing an instrument or producing music on your own. In fact, it’s more likely that many musicians will oppose these tools rather than embrace them.
So, overall, ChatGPT has the ability to change things. But I’m not concerned about it. Even as a content writer or editor, I still doubt that AI software can kill all content-related roles. Sorry, Frankenstein or not, but I’m not scared about ChatGPT. Not at all.
Economy after ChatGPT – What could possibly happen?
So, let’s say ChatGPT is indeed going to change the world. What could possibly happen?
Obviously, the biggest concern is that ChatGPT will replace or kill jobs. Indeed, a justified fear. But why? And who should be concerned about that?
In case ChatGPT will replace human jobs, the economy must adapt. The effects won’t be catastrophic. It could create, in the worst scenario, though, a financial scarcity where the majority of people have no income. An economic crisis, in that scenario, can allegedly create a new economic model. Prices of houses, goods, and services will decline. However, if global production remains the same with ChatGPT replacing human jobs, then we might have to try, for the first time, the basic income economic model.
But realistically, if there’s a tool that can replace human jobs, then the global problem is much bigger than any individual. Economists and policymakers know that most people worldwide have no impact on global production. But they must be a part of the labor force in order for the economic machine to continue functioning. They will have to create new jobs, and if that’s not possible, then there’s no other way than providing social care in the form of basic income and other government welfare schemes.
Ok, of course, no one, including or especially myself, cannot predict the future. That is a tricky business. Clearly, ChatGPT is a revolutionary tool that might change a lot of things in the way we work, communicate, and develop.
But the conversation about ChatGPT has gone too far. There were many technological developments over the last 100 years that had much significant impact. The economist John Maynard Keynes predicted in 1930 that people would work 15 hours a week. And even so, nowadays, the average person works around 40 hours a week, despite all the advancements and developments.
The bottom line – whether ChatGPT is going to destroy humanity or not is a matter of opinion, ideology, or the lack of one. It’s also important to remember that the whole point of ChatGPT is to deepen, not destroy, humanity.
So, if you are pessimistic and see a dark tunnel, then it completely makes sense for you to be concerned about it. Humankind has proven that it has an evil side, so any tool that might turn out to be bad is, indeed, could be scary. Including ChatGPT.
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