Of course, in August 2011, Marc Andreessen famously wrote, "Software is eating the world." He had to. It's not like he had a choice. He witnessed firsthand how the cost of running internet applications dropped from $150,000 to $1,500 a month. All the technological ducks were suddenly in a row, and the rest of the world had no idea.
More than a decade later, we got used to the apps generating annual incomes higher than many of the world's countries' GDPs.
If software wouldn't eat the world, covid could have been much worse. Everything is a software problem.
And now, in 2023, we can confidently say, "AI is eating the world." AI has surpassed the scope of software and is creating a new world in which humans can work more efficiently and be more productive.
We used to think that machines, robots, and artificial intelligence were coming after blue-collar jobs. But they're coming after the well-educated mediocre white-collar cogs as well.
Whatever tasks can be well-described in a simple step-by-step guide are going to go away. First, they were outsourced to countries with no unions, no human rights, and low costs of labor. And the next level of outsourcing is AI. We got used to robots replacing manual labor, and now we'll have to get used to AI replacing "good enough" creative work.
So, what's the answer? The only well-paid manual workers are now craftsmen. It's probably going to be the same for the creatives. The mediocre ones who used to sell their freelance hours on Fiverr and UpWork are no longer needed. ChatGPT can take over. Of course, we'll always have room for the best.
As AI continues to drive economic and societal change, it's clear that we are only beginning to scratch the surface of its potential. The future belongs to those who embrace this technology and use it to create positive outcomes.
Of course, nobody remembers that Garry Kasparov won the first match against Deep Blue.
The lizard brain helped us to survive, but the growth mindset can help us thrive. AI is the fuel that can power our dreams and take us to a new place where anything is possible. As we look ahead with optimism, it's up to each of us to ensure that AI continues to be used ethically and responsibly. We must work together to make sure that the opportunities presented by this technology are available for everyone.
I've written this article with the help of AI. But you can't tell which parts were written by me and which were generated by Jasper. Does it even matter?
Today is a Sunday. My speaker is playing the playlist I asked my Google Assistant to play. iPhone alerts me to tasks I asked Siri to add to my reminders yesterday. Jasper.AI helps me outline and write this article. Grammarly takes care of linguistics.
AI is eating the world and making it better. It's making us better.