While it never made me very fun at parties, my hypercritical reflex has been rewarded with the sweet satisfaction of being able to say “I told you so” more often than not. Everyone brings a default disposition to the table, and for me that includes a deep suspicion of hope and optimism as irrational exuberance.
But there’s one trend people are excited about that—try as I might—I’m having a hard time passing off as mere hype: generative AI.
There’s little doubt at this point: the tools that succeed DALL•E and ChatGPT will have a profound impact on society. If it feels obvious that self-driving cars will put millions of truckers out of work, it should be clear even more white collar jobs will be rendered unnecessary by this new class of AI tools.
While Level 4 autonomous vehicles may still be years away, production-ready AI is here today. It’s already being used to do significant amounts of paid work, often with employers being none the wiser.