I asked GPT-3 to write a guest post about the importance of connection today. In seconds, this is what the AI chatbox wrote:

Connection is a fundamental human need. We are social creatures, and we thrive when we have strong connections with others. In fact, research has shown that having strong social connections can have a number of benefits for our physical and mental health.

One of the most important benefits of connection is that it provides us with a sense of belonging and community. When we feel connected to others, we feel like we are part of something bigger than ourselves, and this can provide us with a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Connection can also provide us with support and understanding. When we have strong connections with others, we have people in our lives who we can turn to when we need help or guidance. These connections can provide us with the emotional support we need to navigate difficult situations, and they can also help us to feel less alone and isolated.

In addition to the emotional benefits of connection, research has also shown that it can have positive effects on our physical health. For example, studies have shown that people with strong social connections are less likely to develop certain diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. They are also more likely to have a stronger immune system, which can help them to fight off illness.

Connection is also important for our mental health. Having strong social connections can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, and it can also help to increase our overall sense of well-being. In fact, some studies have even found that people with strong social connections are less likely to experience mental health issues than those who are more isolated.

In conclusion, connection is an essential part of being human. It provides us with a sense of belonging, support, and understanding, and it can have positive effects on both our physical and mental health. By making an effort to cultivate strong connections with others, we can improve our overall well-being and lead happier, healthier lives.

Incredible. I am just in shock at the speed at which GPT-3 could write this. This is clearly the beginning of a new era. AI is now in the hands of everyone with an internet connection.

So, what does this all mean?

It means if your job is to follow a simple set of instructions, you are in trouble. Automation has been around since the Ford era. And now it is being perfected. If your job was to create content, you need to offer more value than just putting 200 words on an email blast. GPT-3 can do it faster and with no mistakes. So, why do we need a content creator anymore?

This is clearly the end of writing emails that don’t actually say anything, the end of blogs just to fool the Google algorithm, the end of Twitter that isn’t insider information and even writing basic code. (Yup, GPT-3 can write code too.) The AI is only getting better with 175 billion parameters already in play.

It may be early to say this but this could be the end of Google too. At first, when you are using GPT-3, out of habit you treat it like Google. But its capabilities can do far more than we even realize.

This also might be the last chance we have to redefine our careers before our careers redefine us. Doors are going to start closing shut over the next decade plus. The meaningless job, the ones most human beings despise anyway, will probably be done by some kind of computer soon.

Again, what does that mean?

When the Wright Brothers built the airplane, they solved one problem but created more. You needed airports, air traffic controllers, pilots, and on, and on, and on. There are some that believe AI will be the end of these problems. I am not so sure. It is probably a bit of both. AI solves meaningless job problems but the complex problems will still be here for the foreseeable future.

Which ones?

Redefining what it means to be human after jobs go away, connection, leadership, initiating, art, climate change, world peace, nuclear disarmament…the really big and interesting problems will be left to solve.

It’s a scary world and we are really comfortable with the jobs we have. But jobs are a modern invention. Before industrialism and commerce, humans used to be hunter-gatherers. And the research shows they didn’t work that many hours. They worked a few and the rest of their time they did all the things we say we want to do. Which is to rest, spend time with our friends and families, make art, pick up more hobbies, exercise, and cook a meal. Doesn’t sound so bad once we redefine the problem.

Change is coming. I am excited about the problems that are to be solved and the ones it is going to create along the way.