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Is Artificial Intelligence Really Killing Art and Jobs?

Artificial intelligence killing art and jobs

AI is all set to kill the art. It is not my statement. These are the remarks of Jason M Allen that he conveyed to the New York Times just after he became the “emerging digital artists” category winner at the Colorado State Art Fair. Mr. Allen created “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial” using Midjourney, an artificial intelligence system. He said, “Art is dead, dude.”

He further elaborates on this software that generates images by inputting simple text prompts like “an astronaut riding a horse.” Despite earning only $300 (£262) from the contest, the news struck a soft spot for Mr. Allen. While many artists were upset by Mr. Allen’s victory, he remained unfazed. He told the paper that “It’s over. AI won. Humans lost.”

Artificial intelligence (AI) can potentially replace approximately 300 million full-time jobs, claims an investment bank Goldman Sachs report.

The impact of AI on jobs is real. Robots have already replaced humans as chefs, servers, security guards, financial analysts, and reporters, reading out the weather report. Artists are upset because robots can work as efficiently as actors, jockeys, and musicians. Are these claims too scary to believe, or is the objective behind them to make people search and familiarise themselves with generative AI tools? 

The launch and worldwide accessibility of OpenAI’s ChatGPT has already caused concern for those who haven’t been paying attention or thought it was relevant. 

Naturally, career coaches and HR experts are already addressing the issue of workers experiencing anxiety about their future and the relevance of their skills in the ever-evolving labor market.

Is Artificial Intelligence new? 

No. It has existed for years. Still, it has recently garnered more attention than ever before. Many workers have unknowingly been affected by the technology. 

This chatbot uses machine learning to respond to user prompts. It is already helping workers with tasks such as writing cover letters and resumes, generating ideas, and creating art in the workplace. It’s significantly impacting hiring recruiters who must adapt to the new technology. As competing companies rush to launch similar tools, the technology will only become more substantial and sophisticated.

While some workers worry about being replaced by AI, experts suggest that the technology has the potential to positively impact workers’ daily lives and skill sets, ultimately improving the overall work economy. BBC Worklife interviewed experts about what to expect from AI in the present and future workplace.

While AI has the ability to automate specific tasks and job roles, it can also create new opportunities and increase productivity in various industries. 

AI can automate routine and repetitive tasks, such as data entry, assembly line work, or customer service leading to job displacement in those areas. 

However, AI can also argue human capabilities, increasing efficiency and productivity. It can assist with data analysis, decision-making, and complex problem-solving, allowing humans to focus on higher-level tasks that require creativity, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence.

Historically, technological advancements have disrupted specific job sectors and created new industries and job opportunities. 

You win some. You lose some 

While AI may replace some jobs, new appointments can emerge in areas such as AI development, machine learning, robotics, and data analysis. Additionally, AI technologies can enhance job roles, improving efficiency and productivity.

Adapt and update your skills

Individuals and societies must adapt to the changing job landscape. It may involve upskilling and reskilling the workforce to acquire the necessary skills to work alongside AI systems. Policymakers, educational institutions, and businesses are vital in facilitating this transition by providing training programs, retraining initiatives, and creating a supportive environment for workers.

What role do the Government and the business sector have to play?

Businesses, too, have a role to play in encouraging a culture of lifelong learning among their workers. They can help by:

For the Government, AI will:

To conclude, AI is here. It is undoubtedly impacting specific jobs by automating routine tasks. The loss should be compensated by creating new avenues and increase productivity.

The overall effect on employment depends on how sound individuals, businesses, and societies adapt to the changing technological landscape. Let us hope for the best.

Love from Soul

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