A company has paid a small team to provide quality content to Spanish-speaking readers. But now all employees are laid off and the task is left to artificial intelligence.
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Artificial Intelligence (AI for short) is being used in more and more fields. Software like ChatGPT has become so good that thousands of people have lost their jobs because of AI.
Now, Ars Technica reports that online magazine Gizmodo has fired a team to let AI do the work from now on. One of the former employees, Matthias S. Zhavia, this on Twitter:
The tweet read (in Spanish):
Hi friends. On Tuesday, @GizmodoES shut down for conversion into a self-publishing translation shop (AI literally took over my job).
I will be looking for a new job soon. If you know of an offer that matches my 13 years of experience, I would be very grateful for your help.
The team developed the projects and translated the texts into Spanish
What was the team enduring before stopping? The team was interested in translating English content into Spanish or developing its own projects. According to Ars Technica, this was the parent company’s attempt to make its websites more global and not just offer content for its country of origin.
But that is the end of it now. Gizmodo fired its Spanish-speaking team and now relies on an AI translator. At the end of the translated articles there is a note where the machine translation is indicated and the original is linked.
Gizmodo’s parent company has allegedly been using AI-generated content since the summer of 2023. This may have gone so far that the guild felt compelled to criticize it as unethical. Because Gizmodo may not have notified the editors and this practice has not been otherwise reported. In addition, the texts were sometimes error-prone and inaccurate.
Replacing employees with artificial intelligence is controversial and rarely well received
What is the current situation? It is not uncommon for companies to replace their employees with artificial intelligence. Because good AI can do a lot of work and replace people. Then companies like to talk about “cost optimization.” People repeatedly report that they are losing their jobs to AI or that they are constantly receiving fewer orders because AI is taking over these tasks.
But such “refactorings” do not always end well, and AI can also cause a lot of nonsense. cbsnews.com reported:
- Media companies like CNET have fired a number of reporters and let AI do the work. Amnesty International articles later had to be corrected due to allegations of plagiarism.
- An eating disorder counseling center used a chatbot to replace human staff who had joined a union. After the bot gave people problematic advice, it had to be shut down.
However, more and more people fear that artificial intelligence may cause them to lose their jobs. Because this is constantly improving and will make a lot of things easier.
Are there safe jobs? In an interview, the president of ChatGPT explained which professions AI cannot replace. In total, he came up with 34 professions that would be safe from AI. In addition to bus drivers and hairdressers, these jobs also include some other lesser-known jobs:
AI ChatGPT inventor reveals 34 professions that AI can never replace
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