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Anthropic’s Chief of Staff Discusses the Future of Employment

Avital Balwit from Frontier Lab Anthropic has shared some thoughts on the future of work. Balwit says the next three years might be the last that she works. This is not because of illness or retirement. Instead, it is due to technological changes that could end employment as we know it.

Imagine a world where AI can do almost all tasks better than humans. This seems like science fiction, but Balwit believes it is near. Anthropic’s AI models, like Claude 3, are becoming more capable with each iteration. These models can generate content, summarize text, and even analyze information. Tasks that used to require human skills are now being automated.

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People in certain jobs might be affected more than others. Balwit notes that remote work, like copywriting and customer service, is at high risk. These tasks can be done online and are prime candidates for AI automation. Jobs that involve intricate handwork, like plumbing or hair styling, might be safe for now since robots lag behind in those areas.

Balwit also discusses how people might react to losing their jobs. Past studies show that unemployment can lead to sadness and anxiety. But if everyone loses jobs at the same time, like during the pandemic, the shared experience might lessen the negative feelings.

Government roles and regulated industries might see slower changes. AI will likely work alongside humans in medicine and law for a longer time. These areas have strict rules and training that make it harder for AI to take over quickly.

Interestingly, some jobs might always need a human touch. Counselors, babysitters, and teachers are examples where people prefer human interaction. Even as AI gets better, these roles provide emotional and social connections that machines can’t fully replicate.

Balwit emphasizes that AI is the automation of automation. This means AI improves itself, making it a different kind of technological revolution. While the Industrial Revolution changed many jobs, AI could automate almost all tasks.

So, what should you do? Balwit suggests thinking about how to adapt. If you work in a high-risk job, consider learning new skills or moving to a safer field. Understanding AI’s potential helps you stay ahead and make better career choices. The future of work is changing fast, and staying informed is key.

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