I recently tinkered with an open source artificial intelligence (AI), ChatGPT, and found myself amazed by how exceedingly capable it was in answering all my questions.
The software gave me a glimpse into its potential in wiping out traditional professions worldwide.
With AI projected to exponentially improve in five years, it is no longer a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’ professionals in Brunei start to lose their jobs en masse.
Lawyers, journalists, civil administrators, copywriters, marketers, architects, business executives and teachers are all at the mercy of the coming age of AI if they are not prepared.
However, I believe a few things can be done to help Bruneians prepare for the rise of AI:
The first is to change the Bruneian mindset to fully capitalise on AI to improve productivity and efficiency through the technology as a force multiplier. Rather than having a mutually exclusive view of technology and humanity, augmenting both to produce an unparalleled level of high-quality output that meets the world-class standards are much preferred.
Second, professionals need to safeguard their respective industries through affiliations. This way, they can insulate their industries from purely AI-based output through standards only applicable with the finalisation and approval by professional organisations and government bodies.
Finally, businesses should start to do some serious thinking together, about re-designing and updating professional practices and business model to the new AI standards. All these configurations will require heavy training investments, which may be costly and difficult but necessary.
Make no mistake. The age of AI is here.
We, as a society, must embrace the change because there is simply no other way.