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GenAI's real threat is to white collar workers

By Voltaire Staff

Blue collar workers will live to see the day and white collared will fall into disuse as Generative AI finally devours the software.

Such is likely to be the scenario, if we are to believe ChatGPT, one of the most disruptive of generative AIs developed in the past few years.

According to a survey done by Indeed Hiring Lab, ChatGPT, in its own words, is 'good' or 'excellent' at jobs such as software, legal, IT, media, HR, and banking -- in short an ideal tool to replace the humans in these professions.

Skills in which it rated itself either 'poor' of 'fair' belonged to such blue collar professions as driving, nursing, childcare, and construction.

The Lab started with a universe of more than 55 million job postings it published in the last one year, identifying more than 2,600 individual skills across these jobs, and sorting them in 48 skill families.

It then asked ChatGPT to rate its ability — poor, fair, good, or excellent—to perform each skill family.

ChatGPT said it was 'excellent' at only four of those 48 skill families, and 'good' at another 16. It rated itself as 'poor' or 'fair' at performing a majority – 28 -- of the 48 total skill families analysed.

The most perceptive finding in the survey is ChatGPT’s sweeping inability to confidently perform jobs that involve manual work, such as those require complex physical manoeuvring, personal contact, empathy, and real-world experience.

ChatGPT said it was 'good' or 'excellent' at only 29 per cent of all skills specified in driving job postings. Almost 60 per cent of all skills mentioned in a typical driving occupation job posting are in the "vehicle operation" skill family—a family in which GenAI rated its own ability to perform those skills as 'poor.'

On the other end of the spectrum, software development jobs emerged to be the most vulnerable with ChatGPT saying it was 'good' or 'excellent' at more than 95 per cent of all skills specified in software development postings.

The GenAI said it was only 'fair' at engineering skills and leadership skills -- but each represent just 1 per cent of skills noted in a typical software-related posting.

Nevertheless, even as GenAIs become more ubiquitous over the years, they are unlikely to cause a major upset in the job market, since, according to Indeed, 20 of the 25 most common jobs posted on its site account for 22 per cent of all its job postings that at present came up as vulnerable to be replaced by ChatGPT.

Truck driver, caregiver, cook, server, nurse, restaurant manager, store manager, housekeeper are just some of these top 25 jobs.


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