AI is just a new gadget that promisses hope of 'managing things succesfully' even if we don't know how to manage them without AI. I have seen managers waiting for AI to arrive, to solve their problems, due to lack of natural ability, education, skill, experience and everything else.
First kind of AI were - text processors. That move eliminated secretaries and typists. And all of them did in deed do something more than typing. Once they were gone, simingly 'low level' jobs fell on 'higher level employees', i.e. upper managers themselves. Is any company more productive since secretaries and typists went the way od dinosaurs? Same with drafters and engineering technicians. We got AutoCAD, word processors and spreadsheets. So now engineers themselves can do bills of materials, cost calculations, and of course - drafting - we got AutoCAD, eh. And type reports themselves. And learn how to edit a technical text... And stop thinking, no time for that, we spend time wrestling with new inteligent tools.
Basically, all 'higher level' professions had to learn skills used by 'lower level' positions, becaue technology eliminated those jobs. Jobs may have been eliminated, but work has not. Meanwhile, we forgot to spell. Perhaps that is why a restaurant is serving pee with potatos as a side dish. Both pee and pea are legit words, and AI spell checker accepted them.
There was a mention of horses vs. cars a few posts above. True, nobody would like to go back to horses. On negative side, we all got a bit fatter than necessary because machines mostly did all work for us. Problem aknowledged, solution - jogging, aerobic, gym, weight lifting. Why? To prevent our muscles from dying off. With AI, same will happen to our brains, and it has started. Who remebers more than two phone numbers? Who can do times table, or add up charges before restaurant check arrives? Can we find our way around without using Google? What kind of jogging works for brain? Taht is AI in work....
Engineers who do not think, are they still engineers? Humans who stopped thinking, and started obeying instructions from AI smart machines?
Thank you, but no thank you 🙂