ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence technology that has the potential to replace numerous jobs. Despite its limitations, the AI tool possesses capabilities similar to human intelligence.
The surprisingly sophisticated chatbot, which is freely available to the public, is already changing certain professions since its launch in November.
This has resulted in Microsoft laying off 10,000 employees and choosing to invest billions in chatbox technology.
Now, experts around the world are concerned that the popularity and usage of the app could potentially affect many high-paid workers.
Pengcheng Shi, associate dean of the department of computer science and information sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology, told the New York Post that “AI is replacing white collar workers. I don’t think anyone can stop that.”
Sectors likely to be affected by AI-ChatGPT
According to experts, below are the sectors and jobs that are likely to be affected by the growing popularity of ChatGPT.
News compilation: Although it can produce articles, the technology is having trouble making a name for itself in the newsgathering industry, producing mixed results.
Editing of texts, summaries and creation of headlines: Copy editing is undoubtedly a skill that he excels at. It does a great job of summarizing, condensing an article, and other related tasks. Also, the tool excels at creating headlines.
Graphic and website designers: Chinmay Hegde, a professor at New York University, argues that website designers and engineers responsible for very simple coding risk becoming redundant. AI can create code that adapts to a user’s demands and parameters to build websites and other IT components.
Finance and health: Finance, healthcare and publishing are among the vulnerable businesses. Humans will figure out how to use the AI as it continues to make incredible progress.
The academy: The tool can instruct middle or high school students. For example, ChatGPT outperformed several people during an MBA exam conducted by Penn’s Wharton School.
After darren hickA philosophy professor at Furman University in South Carolina spotted a student cheating with the popular program, remarking that the discovery left him in “abject horror.”
Software Engineering: According to Shi, “Relatively easy software design jobs will be a thing of the past by 2026 or sooner. As time goes by, probably today or in the next three, five, 10 years, those software engineers, if their job is to know how to code… I don’t think they’re very necessary.”
The tool has some limitations currently, although it is likely that there will be advances in the future. In the meantime, below are the current limitations:
Errors and inaccuracies: ChatGPT has bugs and inaccuracies in terms of knowledge, but it can be easily improved as you only need to train it.
Inability to create an independent thesis: PhD candidates hoping for a shortcut to creating a thesis may be out of luck as the tool is beyond AI’s capabilities at the moment.
The inability to verify the facts: The tool cannot check the facts efficiently.
The inability to provide accurate citations: You can easily provide an essay but with made up quotes.
Human decisions are still needed: In theory, AI could teach without supervision, but Shi and Hegde argue that for the foreseeable future, university courses will require a human instructor. They trust that important financial and economic decisions will almost always be made by humans, even if the data sheets don’t.
What this means for the workforce in Nigeria
Many jobs could be lost in the next few years as bots like ChatGPT continue to improve. As the unemployment rate in Nigeria is currently high, one wonders what unemployment gap this will create for the average Nigerian.
Hopefully, the government and the private sector will analyze this trend to avoid a foreseeable disaster.