The Choices We Make
A short story by ChatGPT about the 2023 Generative AI & American Society Survey.
In the year 2023, the world was not as we knew it. Generative AI had taken center stage, creating a rift in the very fabric of employment. As a data analyst, Mark felt both threatened and intrigued. But what surprised him the most were the results of the recent "2023 Generative AI & American Society Survey." He skimmed through the percentages: 27% of the 18-29 age group felt ready for AI, but only 12% of those above 60 did.
He chuckled. "Old habits die hard," he mumbled to himself.
Mark had been thinking a lot about switching career lanes to something more creative, perhaps writing. But the survey didn't bode well for that idea either. Apparently, 21% of respondents believed that creative professions like artists and writers would be negatively impacted by Generative AI.
His phone buzzed. A message from his friend Emily, a game designer, flashed on the screen.
"Hey, you won't believe what happened at work today! One of our new interns is actually a Generative AI model. Can you believe it?"
Mark chuckled and texted back, "Actually, I can. More people seem to think your job will benefit from AI than be harmed. Just saw a survey."
While pondering his own career choices, Mark also wondered about his sister, who was a teacher. The survey indicated a nearly split opinion on jobs like hers—5-7% believed teaching would benefit from AI, while a similar percentage felt it would suffer.
His thoughts were interrupted by a news notification.
"Ongoing strikes by writers and actors against AI usage continue to draw crowds," it read.
Mark was puzzled. Only 5% in the survey thought performing arts would be most harmed. Was this a case of the minority shouting the loudest?
He sighed, closed his laptop, and looked out the window. The sun was setting, casting long shadows over the city, much like the uncertainties AI was casting over various careers.
Mark knew choices had to be made, and they had to be made soon. AI wasn't coming; it was already here. And whether it would be a tool or a competitor was a decision that couldn't be made by statistics alone.
"Uncertainty might be the only certainty in this AI-driven world," he thought as he reopened his laptop to study up on Generative AI. "Best be ready for whatever comes next."