Being a plumber, electrician and gardener is the best way to prevent AI from taking over your job as the ChatGPT revolution gains momentum
- Lord Rees believes that the threat to our way of life from ChatGPT has been exaggerated
- He said lawyers and programmers are among those at risk of jobs being taken by an AI tool
If you want to prevent artificial intelligence from taking over your job in the future, learn a trade.
Plumbers, electricians and gardeners are among the safest jobs amid the rise of AI chatbots, according to astronomer Royal Lord Rees.
Many white-collar professionals previously assured that their special talents were irreplaceable, but have more problems, he says, with lawyers and computer programmers at risk of having their jobs taken over by AI tool ChatGPT.
Accountants could share jobs with the bot, which could look at balance sheets, and doctors could work with a more comprehensive AI that could analyze medical scans.
But skilled workers may have the last laugh in a future job market dominated by AI. It is reassuring that Lord Rees, an esteemed academic and former president of the Royal Society, believes that the threat to our way of life from ChatGPT has been exaggerated.
Pictured: The astronomer Royal Lord Rees (file photo). Plumbers, electricians and gardeners are among the safest jobs amid the rise of AI chatbots, according to Lord Rees
Many white-collar workers previously assured their special talents were irreplaceable, but are in more trouble, says Lord Rees, with lawyers and computer programmers at risk of having their jobs taken over by AI tool ChatGPT ( Stock Image )
Rather than facing humanity with the emergence of machines more intelligent than us, he says AI devices may be more like “idiot savants,” who understand words in great detail but are still limited in their real-world capabilities. world applications.
On the threat of AI in the workplace, Lord Rees told the Edinburgh Science Festival: ‘Skilled jobs in the service sector, such as plumbing and gardening, require non-routine interactions with the outside world – they would be much more difficult to automate. ‘
Speaking to the Mail, he said: “Plumbers and gardeners have to go into a strange house and fiddle with appliances – and that requires an understanding of the real world.” Tech bosses, including Twitter owner Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, recently signed an open letter demanding that all AI research be paused for at least six months to ensure the technology doesn’t harm humanity. threatens.
But Lord Rees said of a robot future, “The jury is out on whether they’ll be idiot scientists or display superhuman abilities and whether we should be more concerned about glitches or bugs.”
However, the cross-bench peer, whose latest book If Science is to Save Us is about the technological future, believes the future belongs to machines, which will outlive humans. He says the first humans to merge their minds with computers to become part Cyborg will live on Mars.
To do that, he said, we need to embrace computers taking over work in call centers and robots replacing the people who pack packages in Amazon warehouses.
‘Forget work-life balance to achieve success’
Anyone who wants to be successful as an entrepreneur must forget about a good balance between work and private life, said a top businessman.
British co-founder of lastminute.com, Brent Hoberman, argued that those who want to achieve great things in business should instead be obsessively committed to their work. He also wondered if kindness was compatible with success.
Mr Hoberman, who sold his company for nearly £900bn, admitted to taking an ‘age-focused’ approach to hiring, rating young, ‘hungry’ workers over experienced, old hands. He told the High Performance Podcast, “The best entrepreneurs…they don’t have a work-life balance. Work is their life and they love it. The reason why there was some last-minute magic in the early days was because we hired bright, hungry young people.”