Employees have admitted to using ChatGPT – the revolutionary artificial intelligence (AI)-powered chatbot – to hold several full-time jobs.
They call themselves “overworked” because the tool allows them to complete each role’s workload in at least half the time.
Most of the work they do involves a fair amount of writing, like creating marketing materials, which the chatbot has proven to be remarkably good at.
ChatGPT is a big language model – an AI system that has been trained on massive amounts of textual data to generate human-like responses to given prompts.
When it was released for free by start-up OpenAI in December, it opened people’s eyes to the power of technology in recent years.
‘Overemployed’ workers say ChatGPT lets them finish their workload in at least half the time, so they can take on a second job simultaneously (stock image)
It was quickly used for passing exams, delivering a sermon, writing software, preparing legal documents, and giving relationship advice – to name a few.
WHAT IS CHATGPT?
ChatGPT is a large language model that has been trained on a massive amount of textual data, which allows it to generate strangely human-like text in response to a given prompt.
OpenAI says its ChatGPT model was trained using a machine learning technique called Reinforcement Learning from Human Feedback (RLHF).
This can simulate a dialogue, answer follow-up questions, admit errors, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests.
He responds to text prompts from users and may be asked to write essays, song lyrics, stories, marketing pitches, scripts, claim letters, and even poetry.
But nearly six months later, its users have become more proficient and can now use ChatGPT to trick their employers into thinking their work gets their full attention.
In fact, they have several other employers who think the exact same thing.
“ChatGPT does like 80% of my job,” said Ben, an overemployed worker whose name has been changed. Vice.
Ben works in marketing for fintech companies and first heard of the idea of playing more than one role during the pandemic.
Reports began surfacing in the second half of 2021 of employees taking advantage of the huge shift to remote work to land additional employment.
But it wasn’t always out of greed, as many people lacked financial security in the face of mass layoffs and economic uncertainty.
Ben from Toronto couldn’t join the overworked community at the time because his job was too demanding, but when he discovered ChatGPT things changed.
He and many of his colleagues in the marketing world have been able to use AI to quickly find specific information or generate written documents that are almost indistinguishable from those written by a human.
After it drastically reduced the time it took him to complete his workload, he wondered if he could take another job and do the same.
Sure enough, earlier this year he did just that, and even used ChatGPT to write his cover letters while applying.
When ChatGPT was released for free by start-up OpenAI in December, it opened the public’s eyes to the power of the technology in recent years. The tweets are not from the people interviewed for this story
For ChatGPT to write marketing materials, a worker will give him a model and context as a prompt, and it will generate him the basis of the final product in minutes.
HOW DOES CHATGPT REDUCE AN EMPLOYEE’S WORKLOAD?
- Generate marketing materials
- Write code
- Write programs for Microsoft Excel
- Transcribe Zoom meetings
- Write professional, human-like messages and emails
In order for ChatGPT to write a story for him, he will give him a model and context as a prompt, and this will generate him the basis of the final product in a few minutes.
Ben added that the recent version of GPT-4, an even more powerful version of the original, is even better at understanding his specific needs.
“I can just tell it to create a story and it does that for me, depending on the context I gave it,” he told Vice.
The text it generates will usually require some minor tweaking, he added, as it will occasionally make mistakes.
This element is what some workers believe will prevent them from completely losing their jobs to AI, as their expertise is still needed to verify what is being generated.
Ben also uses ChatGPT to write messages for his manager, which he sets to be lowercase, so they look like they were typed by a busy worker.
Another employee uses it to transcribe Zoom meetings so he doesn’t have to pay attention to them and can review the notes later.
A thrice-employed financial journalist also said he used it to write programs for Microsoft Excel, cutting processes that would normally take two weeks to just hours.
The incredible power of ChatGPT has struck fear into the hearts of some, making them fear they will lose their jobs and be replaced by a robot (stock image)
The incredible power of ChatGPT has struck fear into the hearts of some, causing them to fear that they will lose their jobs and be replaced by a robot.
Some tech leaders, like Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and the late Stephen Hawking, say rapid advances in AI pose a “profound risk to society and humanity.”
But others, like Bill Gates and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, hail it as the “most important” innovation of our time, saying it could solve climate change, cure cancer and improve productivity.
The latter is certainly true for one worker, who told Vice that ChatGPT allows him to hold four jobs simultaneously.
A software engineer currently earns over $500,000 (£400,000) working two jobs with the help of ChatGPT because it helps him write consistent code and business memos.
To help him achieve his goal of having a net worth of $10m (£8m) by the age of 35, he also wants to find a way for a third party to imitate his voice and sound. image, so that they can “do my work for me”. ‘ using ChatGPT.
The techs also said they use the AI to write professional-looking emails because they “probably aren’t as good at writing stuff as most people.”
Most of the workers Vice spoke to didn’t believe what they were doing was immoral, comparing it to people working one job during the day and the other at night.
One said he didn’t trust he would be ‘rewarded with better pay’ by working harder at one company, and that it was a realistic way to generate more of income.
But they are happy to keep their plan a secret for as long as possible, as they are aware that they could take advantage of a brief window of opportunity.
When their managers understand how an AI – which does not require a salary – can do much of their work, they may inadvertently withdraw from the workforce.
Comparing advancements in technology to the development of the modern loom, Ryan told Vice “it’s going to be one loom operator, as opposed to, you know, 100 weavers.”
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