I went on a date with someone I met online. We had been talking for a few weeks and seemed to hit it off, so we decided to meet in person. I was excited to finally meet him and see if there was any chemistry in real life.
We agreed to meet at a trendy café in the heart of Singapore. I arrived a few minutes early, ordered a latte, and nervously waited for my date to arrive. As the minutes ticked by, I began to worry that he had changed his mind or gotten lost.
Just as I was about to give up hope, he finally arrived. My heart sank as soon as I saw him. He looked nothing like his pictures, and I was immediately disappointed. To make matters worse, he was rude and insensitive from the moment he arrived. He was constantly checking his phone and making snide comments about the café and other patrons.
We tried to make small talk, but it was awkward and forced. I was relieved when our food arrived and we had something to focus on other than each other. As we were eating, my date suddenly stood up and started acting strange. He was talking to himself and looking around the room in a paranoid way.
I was starting to get uncomfortable and was about to suggest we cut the date short when suddenly, the café was plunged into darkness. People were screaming and running for the exits. I grabbed my date's hand and we ran towards the door, but it was blocked by a group of people trying to get out.
In the chaos, my date disappeared, and I was left alone in the dark café. I heard strange noises and felt something brush against my leg. Suddenly, I was tackled to the ground and felt hands wrap around my neck. I struggled to break free, but the grip was too strong. Just as I was about to pass out, the lights came back on, and I saw a figure run away from me.
When I finally caught my breath, I realized that my date was nowhere to be found. I searched the café and asked other patrons if they had seen him, but no one had. I felt a mix of relief and fear as I left the café and made my way home. I never heard from my date again, and I never found out what happened to them or what caused the blackout.
As interesting as my "date" was, this story was not real. Instead, this "date" encounter is generated by an AI in a matter of seconds.
Knowing that there's such technology in the world that can not only perform tasks that require human cognition, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and language translation is a scary thought. Especially when our livelihoods are at stake.
Are AIs taking over our jobs?
As a professional writer, this is a question that I ask myself daily. If an AI can create the perfect article for me in mere seconds, doesn't that mean my rice bowl will soon be empty?
Uncertain about the answer, I turn to the only thing that has the answer for the future: An AI.
"It is possible that AI writing technology may automate some writing tasks and displace some jobs, but it is unlikely that it will completely replace human writers. AI is still limited in its ability to understand human emotions, nuance, and creative expression, which are essential elements of writing. Additionally, many writing tasks, such as copywriting, journalism, and creative writing, require human touch and perspective that AI cannot provide.
However, it is likely that AI writing technology will augment human writing and provide support for repetitive or time-consuming tasks, such as data analysis, fact-checking, and content generation. This will allow human writers to focus on higher-level tasks, such as ideation, storytelling, and strategy development.
In any case, the impact of AI writing on the job market will depend on various factors, such as the speed of technological development, the adoption of AI writing technology, and the economic and regulatory landscape. As such, it is difficult to predict the exact outcome."
Upon reading this, I kind of calmed down a little, knowing that my rice bowl may still be secure .... for now.