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When AI Takes Your Job, Who Will You Be?


Have you ever had an unsettling chat with ChatGPT about your own obsolescence? I recommend it. As AI conquers white-collar tasks from art to law (and I’m strongly convinced that this is a “when” not “if” kind of question), it's increasingly forcing existential questions on us. If job gives life meaning, what's left when the bots excel?


As an entrepreneur now, I took great pride as a consultant before launching my startup ai LaMo. I'll never forget the jarring moment ChatGPT first crafted a better slide title than my best efforts. Yet with angst comes opportunities to redefine identity.


Even This AI Entrepreneur Felt Unsettled by ChatGPT’s Ability

Many derive fulfillment from career achievements.. But as AI excels at legal writing, medical diagnoses, and even slide titles, people fear tumbling into an identity crisis.

I felt that unease myself when ChatGPT outperformed my titling abilities in seconds. And I'm an AI entrepreneur, beyond enthusiastic about this technology! Yet even knowing the field intimately didn't eliminate the discomfort of witnessing such swift upending of hard-won competencies.


If AI can now ace expertise that formed my former consulting identity, what does that mean for how other professionals internalize self-worth? What happens when their skill bastions fall to machines even faster?


My slide title experience was merely unsettling. But as AI broadly conquers white-collar work, from art to law, it forces existential confrontation for many workers.


Creativity and Humanity - The New Hallmarks of Value?

Chess grandmasters offer clues. The top-ranked took losing disastrously hard. But others evolved creative styles showcasing humanity along with skill. Though once revered for brilliance alone, they remained influential by developing personal charm.


This echoes how social media shifted fame from pure expertise to likeable influencers. A similar inversion may await fields where AI matches then exceeds human technical abilities.


Angst and Opportunity in Redefining Ourselves

Soul-searching seems inevitable during such transitions. If vocation gives life meaning, what identity pillars remain when the job's gone? Can we reshape self-worth around emotional intelligence rather than measurable achievements?


Despite my own discomfort, I'm excited to see people thinking beyond jobs for purpose. With angst comes opportunities. Guiding AI's potential for good seems crucial - lawyers ensuring algorithms align with justice, doctors imbuing care with more compassion (especially if AI takes over those time-consuming pesky medical notes.)


Addressing employment impacts remains critical too. But if we navigate those waters, deeper questions await about finding meaning in the age of intelligent machines. For now I’m more excited than scared but ask me in a few years.


Key Takeaways:

  • AI taking over white-collar jobs may trigger an identity crisis for professionals who have built self-worth around career achievements.

  • Chess grandmasters adapting after losing to AI offer clues - remaining influential by showcasing creativity and humanity along with skill.

  • With the angst of workforce disruption comes opportunities to redefine purpose beyond occupations. Guiding AI's potential for good may be part of finding meaning.

Cover image crafted using Midjourney. Want to see how it was made? Check out the creative prompt used: "A close-up hyperrealistic high-definition photo of a confused middle-aged man in a white collared shirt and blue tie sitting at a desk in an office. He holds his head with a puzzled expression looking at a computer screen. On the screen is a robot avatar with a chat bubble that says 'I've been programmed to take over your job duties'. The man's body language and expression convey uncertainty about what to do next now that AI has made his role obsolete. The portrait style is hyperrealistic. Hyperdetailed photography, photorealistic. Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera.****”


Disclaimer: This blog post was authored by a human, but research and editing assistance was provided by artificial intelligence.


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