Tim Wu On AI And Employment

A thirtysomething man engages ChatGPT, 2022.

AI (immediately at question are ably-creative Large Language Models like ChatGPT) will result in less meaningful work. The quality of work matters because it substantially impacts the quality of general life. Predictions that past technologies would create much more leisure didn’t pan out and now we have meaningless work (David Graeber’s “Bullshit Jobs”). We have a culture and an economy obsessed with output and so make work. E-mail made the workday never ending without necessarily making people more productive. AI will make skilled workers “middle managers” who oversee their work at greater scale. We have to make AI respect humanity through “collective will”.

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