The Dawn of A.I. Means This Is a Necessary Skill Now

Make the shift from knowledge worker to knowledgeable worker

Joe Procopio

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I think we’ve reached peak fear-mongering for A.I. as it relates to taking jobs from hard working folks like you and me.

Maybe they can still paint a little bit more dystopian hellscape to squeeze the last of the clicks out of us, but if you haven’t already found yourself in a dark moment wondering how to safeguard your position against the machines, well, you might just be a machine yourself.

That’s a joke. I like breaking the ice with a joke.

But what I really want to talk about is the one skill you need to A.I.-proof what you get paid to do.

And the good news is a lot of you are already doing it.

If You Can’t Beat Them, Please Don’t Join Them

Here’s what I don’t want you to do.

I don’t want you to run off with a half-cocked understanding of how Generative A.I. is hitting the mainstream and then come up with some expensive and useless use case of someone else’s tech that is only going to make you more disposable and someone else a little more rich.

Yeah kids, the GPT gold rush is over. It happened quick, like when a lot of folks were still buying NFTs. But Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are involved now, they’ll take it from here, like the FBI commandeering jurisdiction from the local sheriff. So unless you plan on getting deep into the deep tech, don’t try to start a dot-a-i copycat.

I’ve been involved with Natural Language Generation and Generative A.I. since 2010, and to be totally transparent, I still need a bunch of refreshers on the tech to get me back up to speed on the low-level code.

But to be even more honest, I’m not burning a lot of midnight oil trying to figure out the syntax that’s all of a sudden making people with money throw that money at the people who are getting machines to do what they’ve always done, only faster.

I’m more concerned with coming up with the right possibilities to maximize those advancements.

GPTs Are Hitting Us Like Bricks

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Joe Procopio

I'm a multi-exit, multi-failure entrepreneur. NLG pioneer. Building TeachingStartup.com & GROWERS. Write at Inc.com and BuiltIn.com. More at joeprocopio.com