Dr. Daniel Hook, CEO of Digital Science, the London-based technology company, expressed in a company blog that while artificial intelligence (AI) seems scary and may threaten jobs, workers of the near future have less to fear than they think if they are willing to learn how to use AI as a tool that expands their capabilities.
“Becoming a proficient user of AI ‘magic’ will be a key skill,” according to the CEO of Digital Science.
With AI forming a central part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Dr. Hook says the workforce has much to gain by taking advantage of new opportunities such as those offered by ChatGPT and other emerging AI technologies.
As a result, AI could become a less specialized and more natural skill set for most people in their daily work lives.
Dr. Hook has a significant interest in the development of AI technologies, some of which have interacted well with the development of digital science, as evidenced by investments in Dimensions and Writefull.
Dr. Hook says that the best users of AI technology today, known as “fast engineers,” are a kind of “modern programmer and wizard who understands how to make an AI do their bidding.” He likens the skills required to get an AI to produce a desired result as “a kind of dark art.”
However, that is likely to change, he says, as AI interfaces have “the potential to fit more seamlessly into our daily lives and workflow s than a programming interface.”
“We live in a world where what AI can achieve seems magical to us, where we are limited only by our imaginations. The consequences are wondrous and terrifying in equal measure,” says Hook. “This strange new world is one in which words have a new power they didn’t have a few months ago.”
“While world domination by an AI is not likely in our imminent future, jobs will almost certainly change. However, if we see AI as the tool that it is and think about how it can complement our work, we begin to position ourselves for the new world that is emerging,” the specialist assures.