Artificial intelligence is here, and, as Glenn has warned this week during his special on AI, it is only a matter of time before it affects YOUR industry.
We posed questions about AI to our readers during this week's poll, and while most of you believe that AI could replace other people's jobs, many of you believe that your job is safe from the effects of AI. Is this true?
As Glenn warns, ALL of your jobs are at risk—even the most creative ones. Here are five unlikely industries that are already integrating AI. Do you fall into one of them?
If you haven't already, let us know your thought in this week's poll!
This is arguably the most obvious industry that is threatened by AI. We recently experimented with ChatGPT to see whether it could write a speech in Glenn's voice, and the result was astounding. Even now, ChatGPT and similar technologies have the ability to write everything from haikus to Presidential speeches. As they continue to become more nuanced and complex, they will be able to produce professional-grade written content for any industry.
Research and Development
It is no wonder that Google is rushing to integrate its own AI technology before being replaced by it. Already, ChatGPT has astounding research capabilities. If you type in any subject, it will produce an in-depth, nuanced analysis. Moreover, the technology has the ability to improve upon itself, predict problems and produce solutions at a much faster rate than humans—and exponentially so. If you think your individual talent for R&D shields you from being replaced by AI, think again.
Large food producers are already integrating AI technology to regulate the planting, growing, and harvesting of their products. They are creating AI robots that can determine when a fruit or vegetable is at peak ripeness and delicately pick it without damaging it, potentially replacing thousands of farm workers.
Not only will AI replace jobs in the food production industry, but it will also replace many creative jobs in the culinary industry. Chefs are already using AI to predict food trends and manage food supply and prep. There are even AI robots under development that can produce faster, more efficiently, and with better quality and hygiene than humans—and unlike humans, they don't come with that pesky thing they call a "salary."
The marketing industry is already integrating AI, and it's already being used beyond collecting data and predicting trends. ChatGPT is already able to generate unique marketing content based on those trends, from social media captions to email campaigns, based on the data it collects. This technology could potentially replace entire marketing departments and require only a select few to oversee AI operations.
Students are increasingly using ChatGPT to write their essays for them—often with better quality than in their own words. However, does this technology pose a significant threat to academia beyond the scope of students finding more ways of cheating? Unfortunately, yes...
Not only does AI have the ability to produce an incredibly in-depth summary of academic subjects, it can also produce its own unique, nuanced analysis. With AI technology still in its infant stages, it won't be long before it is able to produce journal-quality academic articles, threatening the integrity of academia as a whole.