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Prosper: The AI Threat

Sep/02/2023 / by Abhijit Masih
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Job losses are already occurring in professions once thought safe from automation 

Since last year’s launch of Open AI’s ChatGPT, generative AI has been the latest tech trend to dominate workplace conversation. The technology, which can automatically produce content like images and text, is already having an impact on jobs once thought to be safe from automation. 

Recently, Sharanya Battacharya, a Kolkata-based copywriter, told the New York Post that she saw her earnings dwindle to nearly nothing. “It has been really tough since the reduction in my workload—not just for me but my family, too,” said Battacharya in an interview with the New York Post. “I can hardly make 10% of what I used to make.”

The Ai Threat
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But rather than fear the new technology, experts say now is the time for professionals to familiarize themselves with the technology and work on cultivating AI-resilient skills. Here’s a few ways to start: 

  • Focus on uniquely human skills. Machines still lack creativity, empathy and critical thinking. If you can show off your ability to come up with innovative solutions and understand nuance, you’ll prove you’ve got skills the bots lack. Double down on your emotional intelligence too. Leadership, collaboration, and relationship building are skills that AI can’t replicate. 
  • Lean Into Learning. By getting more comfortable using and experimenting with this emerging tech, you can develop skills in working with these systems instead of competing against them. Understanding how AI functions will help you spot biases and errors too, which will become even more valuable in this changing era. 
  • Augment With AI. Find ways to use AI to boost your own abilities instead of replacing you entirely. If you can outsource more tedious tasks to automation, it can leave more time for creative tasks and professional development. 

Climate Cooperation

Sharanya Battacharya

A new electricity deal has brought South Asian nations closer together

Though it produces less than 1% of all global emissions, Bangladesh continues to be one of the most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change. The effects of the climate have already been seen this summer, as temperatures climbed over 100 degrees in the country’s capital of Dhaka, and experienced power cuts for more than 100 days. 

In nearby Nepal, on the other hand, the country produces more electricity than is actually used. But this imbalance is finally on its way to being corrected, as the two countries (along with India for its infrastructure) have agreed to a deal to send some of Nepal’s surplus power to Bangladesh.

The deal represents more than just a smart strategy to address energy needs; leaders are looking to the promise of South Asian countries working together to combat climate change and grow trade. The region lags behind others when it comes to economic integration across countries, in large part due to long-standing political and religious differences. But deals like this could increase both trade and cross-country cooperation, which would be a boon to development and the growth of the green energy sector. Box: Bangladesh has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by more than 20% by 2030.

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