How Writers and Content Creators Can Survive in a World of Advanced AI

My conversation with ChatGPT

Question: How are you able to write articles?

ChatGPT: I am able to write articles by using a technique called language generation, which is based on machine learning. I have been trained on a dataset of text from the internet, which allows me to understand and generate human language. When given a prompt or topic, I can generate text that is relevant and coherent.

Question: Is there anything new in what you write?

ChatGPT: I generate text based on patterns and information that I have learned from my training data, which is sourced from the internet, so the information I provide may be similar to what is already available online. However, my responses are generated in real-time, so the phrasing and wording may be different from existing sources. Additionally, as my knowledge cut-off is from 2021, any new information that has emerged after that date is not included in my knowledge.

Question: If AI can write blogs and papers, what will people do instead in the future?

ChatGPT: As AI technology continues to advance, it may be able to perform a wide range of tasks that were previously done by humans. In the case of writing, AI-generated content may be used to supplement or even replace human-written articles, blogs, and papers in certain circumstances. However, it’s important to note that while AI can generate text that is coherent and relevant to a given topic, it’s not always able to fully understand the nuances and subtlety that a human writer might bring.

It’s also likely that many new opportunities will arise as a result of AI, and that people will find new ways to add value in areas where AI is less effective. For example, fact-checking, editing, and curating AI-generated content will be important roles in the future. Additionally, jobs that require creativity, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence may be less susceptible to automation.

Moreover, People will also be able to focus on other areas such as content creation, strategy and management, research, and other areas that require human skills like creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking. The ability to work alongside AI will be a highly valuable skill in the future.

Question: What is the potential impact of AI’s ability to write on the job market?

ChatGPT: The potential impact of AI’s ability to write on the job market is not entirely clear, as it will likely depend on how the technology is used and how quickly it develops. However, it is likely that the use of AI-generated content will result in some job losses in industries that rely heavily on writing, such as journalism and content creation. However, other jobs may be created as a result of the increased use of AI-generated content, such as fact-checking, editing, and curating AI-generated content.

Overall, the impact of AI’s ability to write on the job market is likely to be complex, with both positive and negative effects. While it may automate some jobs, it will also create new opportunities and change the nature of work in ways that we can’t yet predict.

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6 Tips for New Managers

Becoming a manager is a stressful, yet rewarding, experience. Beginners in management often fail in their first role. This is mainly because of their misconceptions about what it means to be the boss. In this post, you will find the main misconceptions about management, reality, and tips for successful leadership. The main misconceptions of the new managers are:

  1. I can rely on the same skills that led me to the management role.
  2. Being a manager means I am more independent.
  3. Formal authority is a source of power.
  4. Results delivery requires controlling people.
  5. I must build relationships with individual subordinates.
  6. I will make sure that the operation will keep running smoothly.

1 – Be a leader. Don’t be a star.

  • Myth: I can rely on the same skills that led me to my new role.
  • Reality: The required skills to be a successful manager are completely different. You learn them mostly by experience. You need to put your emotional intelligence at work.
  • Tip: Prepare yourself for the management role before you take it. If you already are a manager, it is never too late. Learn and practice.

2 – Stay humble, you can’t do whatever you want

  • Myth: Now I can implement my brilliant plans. I can change everything.
  • Reality: You are tied with a complex chain of interactions. You discover that someone who works for you could get you fired.
  • Tip: Build your network inside the organization. Learn how to negotiate and influence. Understand the interdependencies and stay humble.

Angry boss yelling at his assistant secretary

3 – Don’t rely on your formal authority. You must earn it.

  • Myth: My position is a source of power. 
  • Reality: You can’t be more wrong. It will surprise you that people will not give you respect and trust you for your formal authority, you need to earn it.
  • Tip: Demonstrate competence (listen more than talk), character (your willingness to do the right thing) and influence in the organization.

The more talented the subordinate, the less likely he/she is to follow orders.

4 – Don’t seek compliance. Seek commitment.

  • Myth: I must get compliance from my subordinates. I am in charge; I control.
  • Reality: More often than not, direct reports will not respond when you tell them to do something.
  • Tip: Build commitment by empowering individuals to achieve team goals. Don’t use orders.

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The Optimal Level of Stress

Stress is the response of your body to challenge. Your level of stress predicts your performance in your job and your relationships. On the one hand, high levels of stress would cause strong anxiety, exhaustion, and impaired performance. On the other hand, low levels of stress would result in boredom, inactivity, and disengagement.

You need an optimal amount of stress to perform at your best. In psychology, this is known as the Yerkes–Dodson law, depicted in the figure below.

The Optimal Level of Stress

If you are a manager or a leader, make sure that your people are experiencing the optimal level of stress to stay engaged, motivated and at their best performance.

Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.