With the recent launch of ChatGPT, we’d love to know your thoughts on this and what you think this means for the future of employment?
This is a tricky question! I have not tested the commercial version of ChatGPT, and I did not find the free version particularly impressive. It works really well for creating abstracts – so it will at least save me some hours of work!
I’m less concerned about it’s impact on future employment and more concerned about how it will affect our ability to express ourselves in written language. There’s already signs of social media having a negative impact on our writing. How bad will it get if we rely on a machine to generate our text? A slight de-skilling seems plausible, if not imminent. Generative language models can be a valuable tool in teaching, research, and many other fields – I’m certain of it. But I believe it’s augmenting rather than replacing technology as it still often requires a human finish.