Artificial intelligence is not just an advancement in technology. Soon, AI may replace humans in jobs as evidenced by one company that created two AI interns.
Kyle Monson, co-founder of digital marketing firm Codeword, appeared on ABC News’ daily podcast “Start Here” to talk about setting up AI interns Aiden and Aiko, who will help with editing and engineering. Their creation comes amidst the sensation of AI-driven software ChatGPT, which has quickly gone viral for responding to user prompts, using Shakespeare and poetry in their efforts to bring back human interaction.
Munson has spoken about the implications of these digital designations reflecting humans and whether there is a possibility of erasing human intelligence.
Start here: If you’ve ever been an exerciser, you know there’s a lot of thankless work involved. But perhaps no apprentice has ever been asked to do such apprenticeships. Is it true that your interns don’t take any time off?
Kyle Munson: That’s a great question. Yes, they are there when we need them. They wrestle and grind all the time.
Start here: This is Kyle Monson from this digital marketing company called Codeword and this in-charge has two subordinates who only exist digitally.
Monson: We figured why not bring in some non-human resources to match our human resources? Yes, we brought two. We call them AI interns. Their names are Aiden and Aiko.
Start here: In recent days you may have heard of this thing called ChatGPT. It is basically this program that can teach itself to understand human questions, search the Internet for relevant information, and give a clear answer. It’s like Siri, but if Siri could write a five-paragraph essay on demand. Well, this company decided to use this kind of technology to create two AI interns.
Their first task was to name themselves. They came up with Aiden and Aiko. They both start with the letters AI, got it? One will be a writer for the editorial staff, and the other will work in engineering. What will they do?
Monson: What does an intern do? I don’t know. We’ll find out. Actually there are many. There’s a lot of support that Aiko can offer writers and editors, for example, particularly in the context of marketing, tone analysis, for example, industry research, and news reporting.
Start here: What’s cool, how many times has Kyle said they treat them like any intern because the most common thing about interns is that they are inexperienced and unproven. As a result, Aiden and Aiko will not be blindly assigned big tasks. Customers won’t see their work directly, because they might make embarrassing mistakes. While computer systems have taken care of data entry for a long time, part of the mission here for Codeword is to see if these systems can help in a creative field.
Are you worried that Aiko might steal things? Or Aiden? When you ask them things, will they get you in trouble?
Munson: That’s a really good question, too. We will not put them to work for public confrontation missions.
Start here: The obvious question here is whether the “hiring” of these interns came at the expense of hungry young, human-technology workers who had just graduated from college. Will entry-level jobs become irrelevant? I decided to ask the trainees about this directly. They haven’t been given voices yet—although, creepily, they have computer-generated faces—so Kyle volunteered to read Aiden’s response to my question.
Monson: Here’s how Aiden responds: “AI is already being used in marketing and other areas of the information economy, and has the potential to greatly improve efficiency and effectiveness. However, it is unlikely that AI will completely replace human intelligence in these areas.”
Start here: Still, it didn’t reassure me. This is like an article. How long did it take Aiden to write this?
Monsoon: Like 0.6 seconds.
Start here: One of the big challenges teachers have been facing, just in recent weeks, is finding out if their students’ essays were written by humans or ChatbotGPT.
Kyle says he usually skips cover letters from college students, but if job applicants are now asking AI to do their work for them, it will be hard to resist. After all, the candidates and management now have the same intern.