ChatGPT is the brainchild of AI developers to make doing business easier. For many small companies, these chatbots make common questions easy to answer and allow them to dedicate fewer resources to simple issues. Yet as first reported by Vice, remote workers are banding together to make the most of this AI. Finding each other online, they call themselves “overemployed” and hold down multiple remote jobs at the same time.
One member of the group, Ben, spoke with Vice’s Motherboard about using ChatGPT to maximize his work opportunities. With the OpenAI lab’s innovation, he saw the golden ticket for easy work. While everyone in his kind of marketing was already using it to make their jobs easier, he wondered if it could be used effectively enough to get a second job.
In his words “That’s the only reason I got my job this year. ChatGPT does like 80 percent of my job if I’m being honest.”
This is the main concern of many employers who are forcing remote workers to come back to the office. Many are worried that if they aren’t being watched like fish in a tank, they’ll either joke around all day or be holding down multiple jobs at the same time. Given the creative nature that tends to accompany job titles like marketing manager, copywriter, or graphic designer, using AI to produce your work is not seen as working smarter, but rather as theft and misappropriation of funds.
For people like Ben, when they get a new task to complete for work, they simply open the ChatGPT and tell the AI the parameters of what they need to be created. While it’s not a perfect system and Ben still needs to check over its results, and make adjustments, it now takes a week’s worth of work and condenses it into hours. It can even respond to chat messages on Slack for him to his boss.
Others interviewed described using the AI bots to hold down multiple jobs of their own. For many, this was done with the goal of being able to juggle multiple tasks and ensure they were able to remain fully successful in multiple careers. Dedication like this is easily done with prioritized work and multiple bots running. This kind of AI allows them to ensure that they can even do things like write code.
While many are avoiding putting confidential coding and other source information on the program, everyone has said that it has been a crucial way for them to get the most results with the least bit of work.
A member of the community named Charles told and proved to Motherboard that he is already making $500,000 a year working two jobs and is worth roughly $3 million. At not even 30, he has goals to be pulling down $800,000 and have a net worth of $10 million before 35. These kinds of goals are lofty for anyone, but that kind of growth is exponential. In the long term, he wants to have an AI be able to fully work for him as he’s on the beach with no one the wiser.
This kind of goal sounds like a dream come true, but employers are not ignorant of this kind of AI manipulation. Yet if he can do this, what’s to stop a company from doing the same thing? It’s not hard to find cheap workers in India to represent him, and they have more than enough skilled coders to undertake the same efforts for fractions of the cost.
Unleashing the robotics plague upon us could simply be the poison pill we never needed. While AI and robotics have been great for technical industries where simulations and the precision of a robot can be a beautiful thing for engineers and clients. However, as we are already seeing in restaurants, they can replace people easily with this technology, and not miss a beat.
As one other participant alluded to in his interview with Motherboard, it’s not any different from the loom. It’s cheaper, faster, and more precise to have one loom instead of 100 weavers.