AI and work…it’s imminent
We’re in a stage place with AI right now where for most of us it’s still a parlour trick. Something that we’ve seen create images of the Pope in bling or summon up meal planners that we’ll never use. But we’ve not really seen how it will impact our jobs.
Along the way there have been some huge claims:
- An MIT study said that knowledge work could become 37% faster and more effective simply by using Chat GPT
- A study by Github found that software developers were 55% faster using Github Copilot
Anecdotally I have heard the same from software developers.
And in aggregate there’s certainly a chance that we’re not thinking of the implications of these things. The economist Paul Krugman this week said that if AI is able to deliver an additional 1.5% of growth per year to the economy then we should stop worrying about national debt and a percentage of GDP.
Of course, he would say that his own extrapolations on these things are just an attempt to float ideas.
That’s why today’s podcast was so important for me to feature. I got the chance to chat to Alexia Cambon, Senior Director of Modern Work Research at Microsoft and Nick Hedderman, Senior Director of Modern Work, Microsoft. The discussion has implications for all of us, and how quickly we set about changing the way we work