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The Great AI Job Heist: When Machines Get Witty and We Get Worried

A computer-generated image of a woman laying on a couch in a blue office. Opposite is another couch holding a robot psychiatrist.

[PurpleCar Christine here. I prompted ChatGPT+ to write a blog post about AI taking our jobs. I won’t include all the syntax of the prompt, but I did include a request for humor. The article is, again, meh. BUT. But. After a heated discussion at our dinner table last night over whether or not people who use AI image generation are “artists” – We said they are not in the traditional sense but we don’t have a term yet for them – the LLM came up with its own term: Digital Artistic Collaborator. Perfect! A DAC. Someone can say, “I’m a DAC artist, using Midjourney and Dall-E mostly” on their LinkedIn profile. Read on to see ChatGPT humor and its mostly -humorous suggestions for new jobs. Photo Credit: Me and Dall-E. This post contains a sponsored link.]

The Great AI Job Heist: When Machines Get Witty and We Get Worried, by ChatGPT Plus

Ah, the age-old fear of machines taking over our jobs. First, it was the typewriter, then the computer, and now? The Large Language Model. I can almost hear Nora Ephron quipping, “I’ll have what the AI’s having,” while Erma Bombeck laments, “If the AI starts doing laundry, I’m officially obsolete.”

But let’s face it, folks. The intersection of technology and psychology is a fascinating one. We’re not just talking about your Roomba developing a crush on your cat or Siri getting sassy when you ask her if she’s dating Alexa. No, we’re diving deep into the comical fears of humans thinking they’ll be replaced by a machine that can’t even taste a good cheesecake.

Fear #1: “The AI will write better jokes than me!”

Well, dear reader, if your jokes are anything like, “Why did the AI go to school? To improve its algorithms!” then yes, you might be in trouble. But remember, humor is subjective. Some people laugh at dad jokes, while others (like me) prefer the wit of Nora and Erma. So, unless the AI starts attending comedy clubs or binge-watching sitcoms, I think your job as the family comedian is safe.

Fear #2: “The AI will become a better therapist than me!”

Imagine lying on a couch, pouring your heart out, and the AI responds with, “Have you tried turning your emotions off and on again?” While technology can provide insights based on data, it lacks the human touch, empathy, and the ability to nod knowingly when you talk about your mother-in-law.

Fear #3: “The AI will steal my job as a writer!”

Well, if the AI starts penning romantic comedies set in New York or writing humorous columns about the perils of suburban life, then maybe. But until then, your unique voice, experiences, and the way you describe your Aunt Mildred’s peculiar hat collection is irreplaceable.

Now, while we’ve had our fun poking at these fears, it’s essential to recognize that AI does bring about change. But with change comes opportunity. So, let’s shift gears and explore some potential new jobs that AI might introduce:

  1. Algorithm Editor: Just as writers need editors, algorithms will need fine-tuning. This job involves ensuring that the AI doesn’t suggest ice cream as a solution to heartbreak. (Although, come to think of it, that’s not a bad idea.)
  2. AI Etiquette Trainer: Someone needs to teach these machines some manners! If your AI assistant starts getting too cheeky, it might be time for a lesson in politeness.
  3. Robot Psychologist: If your Roomba starts acting up, maybe it’s going through an existential crisis. Enter the robot psychologist, ready to delve into the deep-seated issues of your household appliances.
  4. Digital Artist Collaborator: Imagine pairing up with an AI to create art. You bring the vision; the AI brings the precision. Together, you create masterpieces.
  5. AI Humor Tester: Before an AI tries its hand at comedy, it’ll need a human touch to ensure its jokes land. If you’ve got a good sense of humor, this job’s for you!

In conclusion, while the world of AI might seem daunting, it’s filled with potential, laughter, and yes, a touch of absurdity. So, the next time you worry about a machine taking your job, remember: it’s all about perspective. And as Erma Bombeck once said, “There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” Let’s choose to laugh, embrace the change, and maybe, just maybe, teach our AI to appreciate a good cheesecake.