The question is not "will AI replace my job," but "when will AI replace my job?"
I have believed for a long time that artificial intelligence would replace most blue-collar jobs, such as manufacturing, transportation, and construction. But in recent days, I have changed my mind.
With the release of ChatGPT from Open AI and others to follow, a new horizon in AI has been reached: highly skilled, professional jobs or tasks. It looks like the professional category is going to be the first wave of AI disruption.
I have been playing in the Open Ai (the company that created ChatGPT and DALL-E) sandbox.
Here are some of the professions I can see being disrupted in the short term by this technology:
Lawyers and Legal assistants
While AI will take over a lot, even the more significant majority of these professionals' tasks, I don't believe it will completely replace humans.
At least not anytime soon.
But I believe AI will make simple, fast, and cost-effective a lot of tasks that currently cost a significant amount of money and time to produce.
And, yes, many people will lose their jobs because of it.
And the truth is that some people should lose their jobs.
Let me illustrate.
You probably have heard recently the story of the judge who banned the AI lawyer from the courtroom, citing that it was disrespectful of the court.
As I read that story, my mind went straight to my first and only time as a juror. I was picked as juror 11 on a DUI case. The defendant's lawyer was ill-prepared for the trial. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure he had read through the pre-trial brief. I felt bad for the man being tried.
I know with certainty that the defendant would have had a much better chance at a fair trial if an AI bot was providing someone in the courtroom with points to argue and rebuttals to the prosecution. After all, the AI would have known not only the law and the facts of the case but also the types of arguments the judge and those of us on the jury would most likely be sympathetic to.
As it turned out, the lawyer who was assigned the case barely knew anything about the defendant or the presiding judge. He admitted the case was given to him only a few days before trial. He fumbled names and dates and got trapped by the prosecution on some of the facts, and gave his client zero chance of a good verdict.
But beyond fixing incompetence issues, AI can free us to think, dream and live in a world that's less about checking tasks from our to-do lists and more about creating and innovating.
There is plenty of concern about some of the ethical issues of having machines make judgment calls on the fate of humans. But interestingly, that already happens more than you know. Most of our interactions on social media have been guided by an AI algorithm that knows us better than our friends and family.
On the other hand, I would love to be replaced by AI in most of my mundane tasks and freed up to dream of new ideas, products, and experiences my AI assistants would help me bring to life.
How do you feel about being replaced by artificial intelligence? Are you dreading it or looking forward to it?