ChaptGPT is a hot topic among ICT specialists and Internet users in general. Within days of its debut, innumerable tweets, articles, and YouTube videos have already been created to discuss its possibilities. Without a doubt, in my opinion, the introduction of this tool represents a quantum leap in artificial intelligence research and development. But it’s important to remember that, in the end, what we’re talking about is a demo that was briefly made available for free but that, from an economic standpoint, would be unsustainable given its high operational expenses. But technology will eventually catch up, and I’m confident that it won’t be long until these tools are designed and industrialized in such a way that they can be supplied at reasonable prices for consumers while maintaining the financial viability of the businesses that create them.
The economic, political, and social effects of the development of these technologies, however, seem to me to be an area that is currently not being thoroughly researched. Although ChatGPT has received unparalleled attention from tech enthusiasts—one million users in five days seems to me to be a figure that speaks for itself—there should be some thought put into how this technology should be handled. For instance, ChatGPT can be a very useful digital assistant in the workplace that, when used properly, can considerably boost individual productivity. As CTO myself, I have urged my team members to use it to speed up writing and debugging portions of code and scripts. But even to the uninitiated, I think it is obvious how powerful these technologies have become, to the point where they could soon render many occupations obsolete, or at the very least drastically reduce their numbers. Consider, for example, careers like copywriting, teaching foreign languages, and customer service, among others. Not to mention more nuanced legal issues. I’ll give just one among many examples:
Who owns the rights to this book?
Of course, I am not the only one asking these questions. Some people have already predicted how the marketing industry will change, for instance:
The future I hinted at in this post is materializing far more quickly than I had anticipated. In order to make the social costs this revolution unavoidably brings with it bearable, the political class is required to govern it with the same urgency as the other epochal issues we face today.
PS Do you think I authored this post myself or did I instruct ChatGPT to do it? Please, see the credits section to unravel the mystery.
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