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Experts explain which jobs AI is most likely to take over from humans

Ben Thompson

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Experts explain which jobs AI is most likely to take over from humans

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While many have already reaped the benefits of ChatGPT to cheat on essays or write their cover letters, humans may soon themselves be short of work as the AI looks likely to take over many jobs.

Since being released last November, the chatbot has been used for a wide variety of tasks - including writing and illustrating a children's book, creating a $600 article in seconds, and creating a Presidential speech from the perspective of Madonna.

The chatbot might be set to take many jobs. Credit: OpenAI
The chatbot might be set to take many jobs. Credit: OpenAI
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Although it has provided endless entertainment, ChatGPT may be a cause for concern among those who could find their livelihoods on the line.

Business Insider spoke to experts to find out in which jobs workers have the most chance of being replaced by AI technology.

Tech Industry Professionals

They started off their list with those in the tech industry, including coders, computer programmers and data analysts, writing: "AI like ChatGPT is good at crunching numbers with relative accuracy. In fact, advanced technologies like ChatGPT could produce code faster than humans."

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ChatGPT is even capable of being interviewed on TV. Credit: Channel Four News
ChatGPT is even capable of being interviewed on TV. Credit: Channel Four News

Journalists

The outlook wasn't overly positive for people working in the media, such as journalists, as economist Paul Krugman noted that ChatGPT could perform reporting duties 'more efficiently than humans'.

Marketing analysts, financial analysts and graphic designers may also have cause for concern, as they're included on Business Insider's list.

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Teachers

Shockingly, even teachers aren't above replacement by technology, as Pengcheng Shi, who works in the department of computing at Rochester Institute of Technolog, claimed that ChatGPT could 'easily teach classes'.

Speaking to The New York Post, Shi said: "Although it has bugs and inaccuracies in terms of knowledge, this can be easily improved. Basically, you just need to train the ChatGPT."

Accountants and customer service agents also find themselves on the chopping block, as they are included on the list of jobs most likely to be made obsolete by AI.

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The extent to which AI will dominate the job market remains to be seen, although a 2013 Oxford University study found that 47 percent of US jobs could be eliminated by the 2030s.

On the other side of the pond, the future isn't looking too bright for the UK's workforce.

In 2019, the Office for National Statistics estimated that approximately 7.4 percent of jobs were at high risk of being automated by the mid 2030s.

ChatGPT is already making an impression on the workplace, with Google and Amazon both conceding that the bot could become an asset within their companies.

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However, it has been noted that ChatGPT can make mistakes - including making up quotes when tasked with writing a news article, and making inaccurate statements about maths.

ChatGPT has even been branded a potential tool for 'mass destruction' by an Australian MP - who partly wrote his speech calling for an enquiry using the chatbot.

Topics: Technology

Ben Thompson
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