‘They work and they bark’

Artificial intelligence isn’t just making progress in technology. AI could soon replace humans in jobs, as evidenced by a company that created two AI interns.

Kyle Monson, co-founder of digital marketing firm Codeword, took to ABC News’ daily podcast “Start Here” to talk about the creation of AI interns Aiden and Aiko to assist with editorial and engineering. Their creation comes amid the sensation created by the artificial intelligence-driven ChatGPT program, which has gone viral for responding to user commands, drawing on Shakespeare and poetry in its efforts to recreate human interaction.

Monson talked about the consequences of these digital recruitments that reflect people, and whether there is the potential to erase human intelligence.

START HERE: If you’ve ever been a trainee, you know it’s a lot of thankless work. But perhaps no intern has ever been asked to do as much as these. Is it true that your interns don’t take leave?

Kyle Monson: That’s a great question. Yes, they are there when we need them. They’re always running around and grinding.

PHOTO: A ChatGPT prompt is shown on a device near a public school in Brooklyn, New York, Jan. 5, 2023. (Peter Morgan/AP)

PHOTO: A ChatGPT prompt is shown on a device near a public school in Brooklyn, New York, Jan. 5, 2023. (Peter Morgan/AP)

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START HERE: This is Kyle Monson from this digital marketing company called Codeword, and this task manager has two digital-only subordinates.

Monson: We thought why not bring some non-human resources with our human resources. Yes, we brought two. We call them AI trainees. Their names are Aiden and Aiko.

START HERE: Maybe you’ve heard of this thing called ChatGPT lately. Basically, it’s this piece of software that can self-teach to understand human questions, search for relevant information on the internet and give an understandable answer. Like Siri, but if Siri could write a five paragraph article on command. This company decided to use this type of technology to create two AI interns.

Their first task was to name themselves; They came with Aiden and Aiko. They both start with the letters AI, got it? One will be a writer on the editorial team, one will work in engineering. What would they do?

Monson: What does any intern do? I don’t know. We will solve this. Actually, there are quite a lot. There is a lot of support Aiko can do for writers and editors, such as stylistic analysis, eg industry research and news summaries, especially in the marketing context.

START HERE: The fascinating thing is how many times Kyle has told them that they treat them like any other intern, because the most common thing among interns is that they are inexperienced and unproven. As a result, Aiden and Aiko will not be given big assignments blindly. Their work will not be directly seen by clients as they may make embarrassing mistakes. While computer systems have long taken care of data entry, part of the task for Codeword is to understand whether these systems can help a creative field.

Worried that Aiko might steal something? Or is it Aiden? When you ask them something, will they get you in trouble?

Monson: That’s a really good question too. We will not employ them to do public assignments.

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START HERE: The obvious question here is whether ‘hiring’ these interns is at the expense of young, hungry, human tech workers fresh out of college. Will entry-level jobs become irrelevant? I decided to ask this directly to the interns. They haven’t been given voices yet – they have computer-generated faces, albeit eerie – so Kyle volunteered to read Aiden’s answer to my question.

Monson: Aiden responded, “Artificial intelligence is already being used in marketing and other areas of the knowledge economy and has the potential to significantly increase efficiency and effectiveness. However, it is unlikely that AI will completely replace human intelligence in these areas.”

START HERE: Even that didn’t give me confidence, though. It’s like an article. How long did it take for Aiden to write this?

Monson: Like 0.6 seconds.

START HERE: One of the biggest challenges teachers have faced in recent weeks is knowing whether their students’ articles are written by humans or by ChatbotGPT.

Usually college kids review cover letters, Kyle says, but if job applicants are now asking AI to do the work for them, it will be hard to resist. After all, candidates and management now have the same intern.

The company creates 2 AI interns: ‘They work and grind’, which originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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