2023 may be known as the year artificial intelligence becomes mainstream. Leading the way, of course, is ChatGPT — OpenAI’s latest creation that seemingly gives answers about anything under the sun.
To say it is a disruptive force is an understatement. Recently, Microsoft (which has investments in OpenAI) announced that ChatGPT would power their Bing search engine. Not to be outdone, Google announced that they are working on a ChatGPT rival, Bard, to incorporate conversational AI in their search platform.
As with every advent of new technology, this latest wave of AI platforms looks to change the labour landscape. Even at its nascent stage, some analysts predict that specific jobs are at risk of being replaced by ChatGPT soon.
In this article, we’ll learn how workers can protect themselves from being replaced by AI and how to pivot towards making waves in the space as an AI professional with the Australian Institute of ICT’s Certified Artificial Intelligence Professional Course.
Know AI's Strengths and Weaknesses
In The Art of War, Sun Tzu famously said: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”
The first step for anyone wondering if ChatGPT and other AI tools available right now can replace them in their jobs is understanding how it works and its limitations.
Today’s AI fundamentally relies on training data — information that human researchers and developers have collected to serve as a learning model for it to perform its tasks. Think of it as going to school, where one reads books and learns from teachers to know a particular concept or accomplish a specific task. The more one spends learning, the more one becomes proficient.
That, in itself, maybe the downside of AI tools like ChatGPT. It only knows what it knows, regardless of right or wrong. The veracity (or truthfulness) of the training data can be — and is being — questioned by members of the tech community and the media.
Founder of WolframAlpha.com, Stephen Wolfram, noted on his blog the countless mathematical mistakes ChatGPT committed. Mashable reported that it also fails miserably at answering facts and trivia questions. Finally, Search Engine Journal cites numerous reasons that content created by ChatGPT isn’t great for SEO.
As one leading researcher in the AI space mentioned in his LinkedIn account, ChatGPT is "Mansplaining as a service."
It’s worth mentioning that ChatGPT also states on its home page, as of February 2023, that it has “Limited knowledge of world and events after 2021.”
Workers who feel their jobs are at risk of being replaced by AI should check out the programs first-hand to see their strengths and weaknesses to understand the value only humans can provide.
Start Upskilling Against AI
That said, even as AI has its limitations, training models will inevitably improve. Sooner or later, it will make business sense for employers to downsize (or eliminate) specific entry-level jobs that AI can handle (whether through off-the-shelf solutions or custom-built programs). Lower-level positions that deal with daily repetitive tasks, such as in the media, programming, customer service and legal fields should take notice.
So how does one future-proof themselves from the AI onslaught? By upskilling, of course.
Upskilling makes employees more valuable as they can do more than their job description. It prepares them for a promotion rather than a layoff with the new skills they’ve gained from training.
Online courses are an excellent start for those who wish to upskill while working. AIICT’s offerings, for example, let anyone learn at their own pace. At the same time, they’ll learn from the best through weekly sessions with trainers and mentors with first-hand industry experience, preparing them for a more fulfilled career in the workplace that AI cannot simply replace.
Be Part Of the AI Revolution As Well
But the best way to beat the AI game is to join the AI game. As much as artificial intelligence is set to make some jobs obsolete, it also opens new career opportunities. According to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report, the artificial intelligence industry will bring about 97 million new jobs worldwide in the coming years.
Fortunately, AIICT now offers anyone a head start to joining the AI revolution with its Certified Artificial Intelligence Professional Course. This course provides renowned certifications from industry titans AWS and TensorFlow, allowing students to explore AI's fascinating and rapidly evolving world. Beyond the learning process, AIICT also prepares, guides, and introduces students to potential employers in the AI field with its exclusive Industry Partner Program. AIICT will help students present themselves in the best possible way to prospective employers within the Lumify Group network and other organisations seeking talent in AI.
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