Has AI become too intelligent, and should we pause its development? Can it really replace white collar workers in offices? We have seen a lot of questions like this recently. But maybe we should also think about the other side. How much intelligence do many work tasks actually require? Do we actually use an important part of our time for quite meaningless routines? I played a little bit with ChatGPT to create the routine things we see daily in the office.
Let’s start with a message from the CEO to employees. I intentionally asked ChatGPT to send a message from a well-funded startup CEO who doesn’t understand too much about strategy but uses typical phrases to motivate employees. Here is the result:
AI-powered CEO memo
As your CEO, I wanted to take a moment to address our recent struggles and talk about how we can achieve success moving forward. I understand that we’ve experienced some setbacks, and I take full responsibility for that. However, I believe that we can turn things around if we all work together.
Firstly, it’s important to remember that we have a lot of money to work with. I know that we’ve burned through a lot of it, but we can still use it to our advantage. We need to be more aggressive in our spending and invest heavily in advertising and marketing. We should be buying up ad space everywhere, sponsoring big events, and throwing lavish parties to get our name out there.
Secondly, we need to be more flexible with our product offerings. We’ve been too focused on one product, and it’s time to expand our offerings. We should be developing new products as fast as we can and throwing them out there to see what sticks. We can’t be afraid to take risks.
Finally, it’s important to remember that success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes hard work, dedication, and most importantly, great leadership. I’m proud to be leading this team and I believe that with our combined efforts, we will achieve great things. As your CEO, I’m committed to leading this team to success, no matter what obstacles may come our way.
So let’s continue to work hard, stay focused, and never lose sight of our mission. I have no doubt that together, we can achieve amazing things.
Thank you all for your hard work and dedication.
[Your CEO’s Name]
HR motivational memo
Next we turn to the HR department, which likes to send updates to people and motivate them to work. Let’s see, what ChatGPT can do when asked to write a typical HR update email:
We hope this email finds you well. As you know, our company values your hard work and dedication to your roles. We understand that sometimes work can become monotonous, and it’s important to stay motivated and focused on our goals.
We encourage you to take breaks throughout the day and find ways to stay energized. Whether it’s taking a walk outside or chatting with a colleague, it’s important to refresh your mind and come back to your tasks with a clear head.
Remember that your contributions to the company are valued and appreciated. We believe in your potential and know that you can achieve great things. Keep up the good work, and let’s continue to strive for success together.
[Your Company’s HR Department]
Looking smart on LinkedIn
And then of course everyone wants to develop the personal brand and look smart on LinkedIn. So let’s ask ChatGPT to write a LinkedIn update that makes me look good:
Exciting news! I am thrilled to share that I have recently joined an incredible team of professionals at [insert company name here]. I am honored to have been given this opportunity to work alongside such talented individuals and make a meaningful impact in our industry.
As a firm believer in the power of collaboration, I am eager to leverage my skills and expertise to drive innovation and create value for our clients. I firmly believe that with hard work and dedication, we can achieve great things together.
I am grateful for the experiences that have brought me to this point in my career and excited for what lies ahead. I look forward to continuing to grow, learn, and contribute to the success of our team.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey, and I am eager to connect with new colleagues and partners as we work together to make a difference.
#newbeginnings #excitingopportunities #teamwork #professionalgrowth #success
How am I doing?
Let’s do one more thing: have ChatGPT write an update to my boss and colleagues about the great progress I’ve made although I have no clue what to do.
Dear Boss and Colleagues,
I wanted to take a moment to update you all on the progress I’ve made over the past few weeks. I’ve been working tirelessly to improve our processes and streamline our operations, and I’m pleased to report that we’re making great progress.
I’ve been collaborating closely with our team to ensure that everyone is aligned with our goals and working towards the same vision. We’re all focused on delivering the best possible outcomes for our clients, and I’m proud to say that we’re making a real impact.
I’ve also been working on some exciting new initiatives that I believe will help take our organization to the next level. I’m confident that with these new strategies in place, we’ll be able to achieve even greater success.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our entire team. I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your contributions. Together, we’re building something truly special.
I’m excited to continue working alongside all of you, and I look forward to achieving even greater success in the weeks and months to come.
Is AI more intelligent? …
I admit, I asked ChatGPT to create some ironic messages. But the results are the kind of emails and updates we see in many offices all the time. Indeed, in many workplaces, people use a lot of their work time to write and read messages like these.
So, could AI replace some people in offices, or at least some of their tasks? Is this then why people are worried that AI can take over work that requires creativity and intelligence from human beings?
On the other hand, maybe the relevant question isn’t whether AI has become too intelligent, but can it make the office work more effective? Then it’s totally another question in terms of how much this tells about the intelligence of AI. Probably it tells us something about how much people actually use their brain power in their work – or, in some cases, how much they are allowed to use it – when the reality is that it’s often better to send messages in line with expectations than really try to say something unique or creative.
There are plenty of concrete cases showing how ChatGPT can help you – for example, writing some software code components, drafting legal documents or summarizing information. For things like this, ChatGPT can be very valuable in making work more effective, because they’re not really creative or intelligent work – they are basically finding and organizing information from somewhere.
So, are we glorifying these kinds of work tasks too much? Or could it be that it’s better not to use valuable work time for this kind of routine stuff when we could be doing something more useful?
…Or are you not as creative as you think?
I believe AI development will have an important impact on efficiency and can change our work. But it can also be a nasty surprise to many people if they realize that their work doesn’t require so much intelligence and creativity.
AI is definitely more powerful than human beings at processing vast amounts of information. But is it also revealing that many things we do and say are not so unique, and are in fact quite formulaic?
If you think you perform really demanding, creative work that requires a lot of intelligence, maybe this is a good time to do a fact check. Is that really the case, or is it better to prepare for the potentially positive changes AI can soon make for your work?