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  • Writer's pictureWilliam Webster

Picture this


I've taken a screenshot of the notes from my previous blog and uploaded them to ChatGPT. Then I've asked ChatGPT to write using the following prompt:


"please create a long-form article from my notes. Avoid hyperbole and the use of lots of adjectives, the tone should be factual and informative. I do want an Introduction, White collar work, Communication, all Multimodel features, implications for work as themes thank you"


I was initially disappointed. I was expecting something much more in my style However, this expectation is unrealistic.


When I wrote my original article, I took a lot of time and I developed my thought processes. While GPT-4 is an excellent scribe, it doesn't have the same thought patterns that I have. Furthermore, I used ChatGPT to investigate some of my chains of thought. I asked it to help improve the understandability and readability of my text; we had a long dialogue, and in my opinion, it improved the clarity.


As a result of this experiment, I've learned this:


  1. ChatGPT in its GPT-4 version can certainly take a picture of your notes and turn them into an article. If someone had shown me this only 12 months ago, I would have been astounded at the speed and quality of what it could do.

  2. In the future, as we rely more and more on large language models, our critical thinking skills could become, well, less critical. When you write, part of the benefit is the process of developing your thoughts. By using ChatGPT to do the job for you, this process is short-circuited and, worse, in many cases, it may lead to lazy thinking. It's a bit like the quality of my handwriting, which has deteriorated over the years I've been using a keyboard.

  3. ChatGPT has a voice of its own. It writes well, but the way it writes is not the same as the way that you write. Some people will prefer the artificial text, and others your text. What is certain is that your way of expressing things will not be presented by ChatGPT unless you do a lot of prompting, encouraging it to adopt your tone.

  4. If you need to think things through and add your tone use ChatGPT, let it help you write and do it jointly. You can think of this just like a painter who has a particular style; their picture is unique and conveys what they see. Use Chat GPT as the brush.

  5. For generic documents and when you just need to get things done ChatGPT excels on its own. Don't get hung up on its inability to write as you would. Many people are not wordsmiths, and the fact that ChatGPT can do a very adequate job in writing means that people who have trouble expressing themselves on paper are now in a situation where they can do so easily and clearly. 


My conclusion is that ChatGPT or another LLMs can write just from a picture of some basic notes; something you may have jotted in a meeting. It will turn them into an effective document but if you want to add your stamp it's harder. Choosing which approach to take I leave to you.


Be the Judge:



This is what ChatGPT made off my notes:


Embracing Multimodal AI in White Collar Professions: A Detailed Overview


Introduction

In the epoch of digital transformation, white-collar work has been consistently reshaped by technological advancements. Among the plethora of innovations, multimodal artificial intelligence (AI) systems, particularly those like ChatGPT, stand at the forefront. With capabilities that extend beyond simple task automation, these systems are becoming essential tools in the professional toolkit. This exploration delves into the integration and implications of multimodal AI in the landscape of white-collar work.


The Role of ChatGPT in White Collar Work

The advent of AI in white-collar professions has introduced a new dimension of efficiency and capability. ChatGPT, powered by OpenAI's GPT-4, is a significant contributor to this shift. Through its design, it learns by trial and error, enhancing its ability to assist professionals in various tasks. These tasks span the spectrum from analysis and understanding to writing and planning.


The practicality of ChatGPT lies in its versatility. It serves as a round-the-clock assistant, ready to support a myriad of functions that form the crux of white-collar work. While it's not flawless, the AI's continuous learning capability ensures that it is an asset that evolves in tandem with the needs and complexities of modern professions.


Communication: The AI Facilitator

Communication is at the heart of white-collar jobs, whether it's through written emails, reports, or dialogues. Here, ChatGPT serves as a communication facilitator. It not only aids in crafting clear and coherent messages but also enables the absorption and relay of information in a structured manner. This is crucial when it comes to learning adaptation, where new skills are applied to familiar tasks, or explaining complex ideas to others in a comprehensible way.


ChatGPT exemplifies the notion of "knowledge work," where information is processed and tasks are completed more efficiently. It also excels at breaking down complex problems into manageable segments, allowing for a clearer assessment of potential solutions and outcomes.


Multimodal Capabilities: Enhancing AI's Workforce Integration

ChatGPT is emblematic of the multimodal AI revolution, showcasing an array of features that mimic the multifaceted nature of human job functions. This multimodality means that it can operate across various mediums and methods:


  • Data Analysis: ChatGPT can conduct rigorous data analysis by processing uploaded datasets, identifying patterns, and making predictions, thereby streamlining decision-making processes.

  • Web Browsing: With browsing capabilities through Bing, it can access and synthesize information from the web, effectively functioning as a research assistant.

  • Visual Processing: By uploading images, users can engage with the AI to understand and interact with visual data, an essential function for professions relying on graphical information.

  • Creative Generation: The integration of Dalle into the AI suite allows ChatGPT to generate images, thereby assisting in the creative aspects of white-collar tasks, from presentations to product design.

These features not only expand the utility of AI in the workplace but also herald the biggest technological change in how professional tasks are approached and executed.


Implications for White-Collar Work

The implementation of multimodal AI, such as ChatGPT, in white-collar professions comes with significant implications. The speed of task completion and the ability to operate in multiple ways mirror the dynamic and diverse nature of human workers. These AI systems support and sometimes surpass human capability, especially in terms of availability and speed.


This AI transformation facilitates a more efficient work environment, where tasks that used to take hours can now be completed in minutes. Moreover, by taking over repetitive and time-consuming tasks, AI allows professionals to focus on more strategic and creative aspects of their work, fostering innovation and driving growth.


The multimodal nature of ChatGPT also indicates a future where AI could potentially replace certain jobs. However, it is more likely that AI will augment human roles, leading to job evolution rather than elimination. The change prompted by AI in white-collar work is profound, and its full impact will unfold as the technology matures and becomes more integrated into everyday professional activities.


Conclusion

As we stand at the brink of an AI revolution in the workplace, it is clear that tools like ChatGPT will play an integral role in shaping the future of white-collar professions. These advanced systems promise not just efficiency but also a transformative approach to how work is conducted. As we continue to harness the power of multimodal AI, we are paving the way for a new era of professional expertise, where technology and human ingenuity coalesce to unlock unprecedented potential.





 

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