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OpenAI CEO: Yes, AI Will Take Jobs Away

Technology has historically replaced human workers only to add new jobs. Is AI any different?

Sam Altman, the CEO of the AI company OpenAI, which was responsible for developing the Large Language Model ChatGPT, said in an interview with The Atlantic that AI will definitely be taking some jobs away, striking a blow to some AI optimists who claim that this won’t be the case. According to Business Insider,

“A lot of people working on AI pretend that it’s only going to be good; it’s only going to be a supplement; no one is ever going to be replaced,” he said. “Jobs are definitely going to go away, full stop.”

ChatGPT Creator Sam Altman Says ‘Jobs Are Definitely Going to Go Away’ (businessinsider.com)

While certain jobs might go the wayside, it’s possible AI could introduce new jobs. However, the question remains whether those affected will be able to find their way to them, and how long the disruption caused by AI will take to settle.

Emerging technologies have always replaced human workers, historically. Those jobs, however, have generally been practical, not cognitive. AI threatens to replace human intelligence. What do you think? Should we let AI do the heavy lifting but leave the critical and imaginative thinking to the humans?

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OpenAI CEO: Yes, AI Will Take Jobs Away