🔗 GPT and my own career trajectory - Tyler continues his embrace for The AI. it opens up new ways of working for writers (and “creators”) across the creation lifecycle: inspiration, structuring, writing, and re-harvesting additional content (talks, articles, etc.). This positioning is something like embracing the automation and productivity that The AI brings and using the freed up time and resources to do something “more valuable.” The hard part is finding what they “more valuable” is and making sure it doesn’t lower your revenue and overall power. I mean, I don’t think automation or globalism helped factory workers that much.
Still, I agree with him if only for my own survival. That position is overly dramatic - most of us will “be fine,” as people like to say. Like so many of my peers, I like technology for itself, and I like tools for figuring out new and interesting things to do and ways to do them.
The selfish question here is “how can I use The AI to make my work better, to make me more valuable.” The troubling question is “what types of work will The AI make obsolete or totally valueless/cheap.”
For example, it looks like voice over work for audio books is under attack. Rather, the humans who do now are under attack. I suspect writing copy for websites and glossy PDFs are under attack (again, what I actually mean are the people who do that work). A lot of journalism too.
As a nerd, I get excited about what technology can do, but as a human, I’m often tired of trying to find “more value.” I’m a big believer in reaping the value of work already done, stopping the capitalist quest to constantly grow and improve.
Improvement is a young person’s game.