Although petitions are underway in LA, where writers, have been raising their legitimate concerns over Artificial Intelligence (AI) impacting their livelihoods, and the union managed to reach an agreement for The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, there is no question AI is a job disrupter.
Every major technological change brings disruption to jobs that can be easily displaced with more advanced automation methods. As must as the media giants say they will curtail the use of AI generated content, I don’t believe this for a nano-second and the future for our artists is going to evolve considerably and professionals in this industry need to start preparing themselves for this inevitable future.
Many leading IBM
Goldman Sachs has also predicted that over 300 million jobs will be lost, degraded by AI.
Newer technologies like ChatGPT, will further impact journalism and writers advocates researchers from OpenAI, the inventors of ChatGPT which allows people with average writing skills to produce essays, articles, plays, and even movie scripts.
While others like Carl Benedikt Frey, Director of the Future of Work at the Oxford Martin School, has stated that “The only thing I am sure of is that there is no way of knowing how many jobs will be replaced by generative AI.”
No wonder the writers are concerned about their future.
What I would do if I was a writer would be to learn as much as I can about AI and how to use AI generated content and focus on being a producer, bringing human and machine in closer harmonization.
As much as I love being human, I also just asked Open AI’s ChatGPT what it thought of a writing professional’s career being impacted by generative AI ? This is what it said:
“While AI may lead to changes in the writing industry, it is unlikely to result in the wholesale displacement of writers, especially in creative fields like television. Instead, AI is more likely to augment and complement the work of writers by automating certain tasks and providing tools to enhance productivity. Writers who adapt to these changes and continue to refine their creative skills will likely remain valuable in the industry. It’s essential for writers to stay informed about industry trends, technological advancements, and the evolving role of AI in content creation to remain competitive in the field.”
I don’t agree with what ChatGPT has said here as its only a reflection of the historical data perspectives it has in its in LLM (AI Model) but it sure feels better to read a statement like this.
No matter which way you look at the future, AI generated content is here to stay and will only increase, especially when the economics and efficiencies start to become more prevalent.
The best advice is always to learn to unlearn in a world where disruption with AI is simply going to be here for a very very long time.