By Linchi Kwok

Forget about the old days of “people serving people.” More restaurants and hotels are now using robotic cooks, delivery robots, self-serving kiosks, Chatbots, and other AI-empowered machines in service operations.

Some businesses must rely on machines to address the labor shortage issue. Others count on machines to deliver faster and more consistent service. Moreover, many consumers have become used to automatic self-services during the pandemic. It is not surprising to see robots taking over more service jobs.

What is the latest robotic “thing” that deems to take over even more human jobs?

That is ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer), the popular chatbot from OpenAI. Launched in November 2022, ChatGPT is designed to answer user requests with AI-generated articles, essays, jokes, and even poetry. By January 2023, ChatGPT was already set to reach 100 million monthly active users (Hu, 2023). On average, about 13 million unique visitors used ChatGPT every day in January. As a reference, it took nine months for TikTok and 2.5 years for Instagram to reach 100 million users.

ChatGPT could also threaten white-collar jobs.

The development of ChatGPT and related AI can be a threat to more than just front-line labor. Tech jobs (e.g., coders, data analysts, programmers, and software engineers), media jobs (e.g., content creation, technical writing, and journalism), and legal industry jobs (e.g., paralegals and legal assistants) are particularly at risk (Mok & Zinkula, 2023).

Is ChatGPT good enough to steal our jobs?

I did a test earlier by asking ChatGPT this question: Are robots stealing jobs? ChatGPT gave me the following answer:

Robots and automation can certainly displace some jobs and change the nature of work in many industries. As technology continues to advance, it is likely that we will see an increase in automation in various fields, which could result in some human jobs becoming unnecessary or obsolete. However, it is important to note that automation can also create new jobs, improve productivity, and increase efficiency in many industries.

For example, automation can be used to perform repetitive, mundane tasks, freeing up workers to focus on more complex and creative tasks. Additionally, automation can lead to the development of new industries and job opportunities, such as those related to the design, programming, and maintenance of robots and other automated systems.

Therefore, while it’s true that robots and automation can displace some jobs, it’s important to consider the potential benefits as well the challenges of automation. It’s also important to invest in education and training programs to help workers acquire new skills and adapt to the changing job market.

How not to get replaced by robots or ChatGPT at work

ChatGPT is good, and it will only get better! Machines and AI are deemed to take over more human jobs. While it can be challenging for us to compete with AI in technical skills, we humans can do a better job in more complex skills like leadership, creativity, motivation, and critical thinking.

Do you expect robots will steal more human jobs soon? What can we do if we do not want to get replaced?

Note: This article was also published in The Hospitality News Magazine.  Click here to view the original version of this release.

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