People are scared. To be fair, they’ve always been, for many reasons. The fear of AI is not just about taking over Terminator style, but of its broader economic impact. This time, the wave of automation is different. For example, when excavators came out, instead of 100 people digging a whole you needed just 1 person operating the excavator and 99 people on new jobs to develop, build and maintain the excavator. AI is different, it has the potential to cut more jobs than it creates, significantly.
Now, many employees face the struggle of staying relevant and employable. This situation has imposed a significant responsibility on us as founders, entrepreneurs, and leaders. Our role is not just to incorporate AI into our businesses, but also to ensure that our teams are equipped to harness its potential. The focus shouldn't merely be on replacing people with AI but determining how AI can empower individuals to enhance their productivity and contribute more meaningfully to their roles.
Crucial to achieving this is the understanding that humans and AI each have unique strengths. We must strive to create synergies that generate results that neither could accomplish independently. The goal is to optimize the power of human-AI collaboration.
Fortunately, leading AI companies are not just developing technologies but also providing resources for their use, and it is an excellent starting point for organizations. It's crucial that as a company, we digest and understand these resources collectively. For instance, aligning with stakeholders, creating spaces for sharing tools and actions, or setting up an AI channel to keep the team updated can facilitate this process.
However, beware of misleading sources, such as YouTube videos by self-proclaimed experts claiming AI can build a website in 30 seconds. Often, such content showcases substandard web design created via AI, subsequently edited in photoshop, and assembled with low-quality code. Avoid falling for such misrepresentations of the technology. It is not about doing everything faster. It is about achieving results previously unthinkable
For instance, at Refokus we are using the AI not to ship faster, but create better web experiences by using the productivity gains to streamline our processes and enhance the creativity and problem-solving that goes into our work.
There are numerous good resources available that can help you effectively utilize AI. A good place to start usually is the documentation or blog of the tool itself.
Moreover, AI itself can guide you in maximizing its potential. It can suggest tools, or create comprehensive, personalized courses and guides for your team - completely with examples for your business, “mini exams” for testing your knowledge and giving you feedback.
Check out this ChatGPT guide by ChatGPT, in ChatGPT to get you starting onboarding your team into ChatGPT. (Did we mention this course is for ChatGPT?)
You can also think of them not as traditional courses, which usually cover a topic from a generalized point of view to maximize the potential audience, but Instead, define a problem or outcome and have ChatGPT tailor a personalized guide on how you can use it for that.
Remember, incorporating AI isn't just about accessing these resources; it's about fully understanding how AI can complement human skills to deliver unparalleled results.