AI Was Supposed to Do the Boring Tasks, It’s Doing the Fun Ones instead

Where is TaxGPT?

Christian Behler

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When humanity started to dream about Artificial Intelligence, the vision was always that the programs would do the tedious and repetitive jobs and we could spend our time being creative and working on passion projects.

Now, this vision has been turned upside down by the first widely-used AI algorithms like Stable Diffusion or ChatGPT. Instead of helping us with the tasks that nobody wants to do, they are mostly used for creative applications which a lot of people are passionate about and enjoy.

It started with the image generation algorithms like Stable Diffusion, Midjourney, or DALL·E. These programs can create new images in a few seconds, which would take human artists tens or even hundreds of hours. A lot of people — myself included — love making art. In fact, there are so many people who enjoy it that the market is saturated and it’s very cheap to commission an artist, which makes it difficult to earn a living from art. While these algorithms are a very interesting technology, they don’t really serve an urgent need and only drive the prices for art even lower than they already are, thus creating even more starving artists. Not to mention the copyright issues with the training data for these models.

Natural language models like ChatGPT are a bit more promising. At the moment, the technology is still in its infancy and people are trying a lot of different ideas. The algorithm can compete with many humans in creative tasks like writing poems, short stories, and even novels. I bet all of us either have the dream of publishing a novel at some point or at least know someone else who does. Creative writing is something that a lot of people enjoy, which means you cannot easily earn money from it.

Even blogging like this will be heavily impacted by programs like ChatGPT. I like writing and I can earn a little bit of money from it. However, as a non-native speaker and nerd, I don’t think I’m a good writer. Not only can ChatGPT write better English than me, but it can also do in less than a second what would take me a few hours. Sadly, when it comes to writing on the internet and making money from it, quantity trumps quality. This means that in the next few months, the internet will…

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Christian Behler

M. Sc. Computer Science and Physics, Indie Game/Software/Web Developer, Writer, 3D Artist, and too many other interests. https://pingpoli.medium.com/membership