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Two Skeptical Claims Against an AI-Driven Work-Free World

  1. Some skeptics claim that there is a limit to what AI can do.
    • This is an arbitrary claim. There is no reason to believe there is an unbreakable limit to technology. When certain paths are being exhausted, new ones might be discovered.
    • Anyway, predicting the future isn’t required anymore. Even without further advancement in AI, once current AI abilities are widely and deeply integrated into industries, they are likely to fundamentally change the economy and society.
  2. Other skeptics claim that while AI makes some jobs obsolete, it will create new ones.
    • These skeptics regard work as if it were fundamental to nature. They feel that like energy is conserved in nature, so does work. This isn’t the case – human work isn’t integral to nature. (The term ‘Work’ is used in physics, but metaphorically)
    • While AI might create new jobs, it is unlikely that it will create more jobs than it made redundant.
    • Moreover, there is no reason to believe new jobs created by AI won’t, in turn, be made redundant by it soon after.
    • Prompt engineering is an example of a new, high-paying, job created by AI, that is already on the verge of being rendered obsolete by it.
    • Even industries that are less directly affected by AI might shrink due to the AI-driven shrinkage of related industries.
    • AI doesn’t need to replace all human work to fundamentally change the economy and society. It doesn’t even need to replace most human work to do so.
    • Even if only 30% are unemployed – and it’s pointless to encourage them to find jobs, as there are none available and it’s obvious the shortage only increases with time – governments will have to introduce solutions that are currently considered radical. Solutions such as UBI.

Prompt engineering has taken the generative AI world by storm. The job, which entails optimizing textual input to effectively communicate with large language models, has been hailed by World Economic Forum as the number one “job of the future”
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However, despite the buzz surrounding it, the prominence of prompt engineering may be fleeting for several reasons. First, future generations of AI systems will get more intuitive and adept at understanding natural language, reducing the need for meticulously engineered prompts. Second, new AI language models like GPT4 already show great promise in crafting prompts — AI itself is on the verge of rendering prompt engineering obsolete

AI Prompt Engineering Isn’t the Future | Harvard Buisness Review

AI Will Make Enough Human Work Redundant to Change Our Lives

  • 53% of companies use AI, and 24% plan to start in 2024.
  • 37% of companies using AI say the technology replaced workers this year.
  • 44% of companies surveyed say AI will lead to layoffs in 2024.
1 in 3 Companies Will Replace Employees With AI in 2024 – ResumeBuilder.com

Skeptics Are Afraid to Lose Meaning

Work

[…] 70 percent of employees said that their sense of purpose is defined by their work.

Help your employees find purpose—or watch them leave | McKinsey

Work is commonly cited as a source of meaning in life.

Finding meaning in what one does | Pew Research Center

Money

[…] these studies suggest that having greater financial resources weakens the link between meaning and happiness.

Financial Resources Impact the Relationship between Meaning and Happiness | Stanford Graduate School of Business

Those with higher income more likely to draw meaning from work.

Finding meaning in what one does | Pew Research Center

Possession

Education

Social Status

These results suggest that upper-class individuals indeed have a higher Quality of Life. […] this seems to be mostly due to the increased status of upper-class individuals […]

Exploring the Relationship between Social Class and Quality of Life: the Mediating Role of Power and Status | Springer Link

Progress

The Potential Loss of Meaning is Scary

Some Sources for Meaning, Such as Relationships and Hobbies, Are AI-Proof

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