(USNewsBreak.com) – Discussions centered on artificial intelligence (AI) have been plentiful in recent months, especially with the emergence of technology like ChatGPT. With its ability to help write code and compose essays, emails, and articles, many people have expressed concerns about how AI will affect the workplace and specific positions. According to a new study, these concerns may not be entirely unfounded.
A study published on March 23 by OpenAI, OpenResearch, and the University of Pennsylvania takes a deeper look at the impact of AI on the workforce. The emerging technology reviews large language models, deep learning algorithms that use massive datasets to “learn” and summarize, translate, predict, recognize and generate content, and generative AI, which uses data it’s been trained on to create new content.
These types of artificial intelligence have become commonplace in the last few years. ChatGPT is one of the more recent to hit the mainstream, and it’s already shown promise in a number of areas. AI is also finding its way into the workforce, where it may impact several white-collar or educational jobs, such as mathematicians, writers, web designers, accountants, and legal secretaries. On the other side of the spectrum, blue-collar jobs are largely unaffected.
According to the analysis in the study, approximately 80% of the workforce is likely to see at least 10% of its tasks allocated to AI. Meanwhile, 19% or so will see at least 50% of their work impacted. With these figures, the study reasons that AI “could have considerable economic, social, and policy implications.”
It’s important to note that while these figures might seem a bit concerning, the researchers point out that this doesn’t necessarily mean the technology will entirely replace workers. Rather, it could save them “a significant amount of time completing a large share of their tasks.”
What This Means Going Forward
The study seems to insinuate that there could be several outcomes. For one, while AI may not fully replace tasks, it could cut back significantly on the amount of time one needs to spend on each job. How this will impact employment over the long-term remains to be seen.
Researchers have noted that, over time, AI has only improved. Companies have developed smarter versions, and it’s highly likely it will continue on an upward trend. Do you think this will have a positive impact on the workforce, or will it pose a threat in the future?
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