Recent advancements in expansive language models, such as ChatGPT and similar chatbots, have amplified fears that AI could be harnessed on a large scale to propagate misinformation and propaganda or, worse yet, bring about the widespread displacement of numerous white-collar occupations. Leaders from OpenAI, Google DeepMind, Anthropic, and other AI labs warn that future systems could be “as deadly as pandemics and nuclear weapons.” These statements come at a time of growing concern about the potential harms of artificial intelligence. I feel like there’s a bit of hysteria happening here. While the World Economic Forum has estimated that artificial intelligence will replace some 85 million jobs by 2025, that number does not account for the number of new jobs AI can create and the myriad of industry evolutions that will bolster employment. It also doesn’t consider the positions that will be more accessible with AI.
Look no further than Microsoft’s recent Build 2023 user conference to see how AI is aiding the building of the development community. A central theme of Microsoft Build 2023 was copilots. Microsoft showcased updated features for copilots, including Dynamics 365 Copilot, Microsoft 365 Copilot, and Copilot for Power Platform.
Microsoft’s copilot approach in the workforce aims to complement people in their roles rather than by integrating copilots directly into users’ workflows. This makes access to information readily accessible in the context of use for AI-assisted tasks.
Microsoft announced the expansion of a new AI-powered Bing for the Windows 11 taskbar, mobile, and Skype. The company also announced the DALL·E-powered Bing Image Creator now functioning within Bing Chat.