We are likely to all agree that once an employee is at work and being productive, they are working and therefore entitled to be paid. The question becomes more contentious when considering less clear-cut circumstances such as the time traveling to and from work, having to sleep over somewhere because of work, being on-call but not actually at work, or being at work but not being as productive as expected.
An exciting and scary development in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Chat GPT is affecting us all in the workplace. Recently, I ventured into the abyss and tried it for the first time. It is free to get a login, however as with most technology you can pay for more (better, faster, smarter) features. Here is the article I asked it to write on itself without any editing (or fact checking) from me. I asked it to “Write an article on the impact of Chat GPT on employment in New Zealand giving at least two academic references.”
I also asked it to write an article about me (don’t we all do that?). I gave it my name, Nelson NZ, and my age. It was a very complimentary article but completely factually wrong. It said I was a nurse and owned a caregivers agency. So remember it is not infallible.
Chat GPT, a large language model based on artificial intelligence and machine learning, has revolutionized the way businesses in New Zealand interact with their customers and operate. This technology has also had a significant impact on employment in the country, with some jobs being automated, while new job opportunities have emerged in the tech industry. In this article, we will explore the impact of Chat GPT on employment in New Zealand, using academic references to support our arguments.
One of the main impacts of Chat GPT on employment in New Zealand is the automation of tasks. Chat GPT can be used to automate various tasks, such as customer service, data entry, and content creation. This has led to concerns that some jobs may be lost to automation, which could negatively impact employment in the country. According to a study by the New Zealand Productivity Commission, automation could lead to significant job losses in some industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, and retail. The study also noted that new jobs are likely to be created in other industries, such as healthcare and education, which will require skills that are complementary to those that are currently in demand.
Another impact of Chat GPT on employment in New Zealand is the emergence of new job opportunities in the tech industry. Chat GPT requires skilled professionals in software development, data analysis, and AI research, which are highly sought after in the current job market. According to a report by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the tech industry in New Zealand is experiencing significant growth, with the number of technology businesses increasing by 22% between 2014 and 2019. The report notes that the tech industry is a major contributor to the economy, generating over $16 billion in revenue in 2019 and employing over 100,000 people.
In conclusion, Chat GPT has had a significant impact on employment in New Zealand, with some jobs being automated, while new job opportunities have emerged in the tech industry. While automation may lead to job losses in some industries, it is important to note that new jobs are likely to be created in other industries, which will require complementary skills. The emergence of the tech industry in New Zealand is an exciting development, which presents new opportunities for employment and economic growth. As technology continues to advance, it is essential for businesses and employees to adapt and evolve to stay relevant in the ever-changing employment landscape.
New Zealand Productivity Commission. (2019). Technological Change and the Future of Work. Retrieved from https://www.productivity.govt.nz/assets/Documents/97b74115f7/Technological-change-and-the-future-of-work.pdf
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. (2021). Technology Investment Network – TIN Report. Retrieved from https://www.mbie.govt.nz/dmsdocument/25828-technology-investment-network-tin-report-2020