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Modern technology has, without a doubt, reduced the need for so many people in factories, behind the counter in banks and in many fields, in all industries and professions. Factory floors and warehouses are now operated by robots. In fact, these robots, in the case of Tesla, are also made by robots!
But machines will never replace human need in the equation. It was thought that AI would replace humans working in jobs that require high levels of cognitive functioning. The reality we see in many cases now is that when humans and AI work together, they improve each other.
Garry Kasparov, the chess grandmaster who lost a game to IBM’s Deep Blue computer in 1997, coined the term “Centaur” to refer to such partnerships between humans and AI. Kasparov was referring to instances where humans and artificial intelligence learn from each other how to play chess better, but the same idea applies to business.
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According to a harvard business review report, companies see the greatest performance improvements when humans and machines work together, complementing each other. Things that are second nature to the human brain, like interpersonal communication, are (at least for now) confusing to even the most sophisticated AI. At the same time, processing massive amounts of data is nearly impossible for the average human.
But what does the interaction between humans and AI mean for people starting their own businesses? AI has been revolutionizing business in all areas for some time. More recently, several tools have been developed to put the power of AI collaborating with human intelligence into the hands of freelancers of all kinds. Below are five freelance professions transformed by AI.
Even the art world has begun to capitalize on the potential that human-AI collaboration offers. Argentinian artist Sofia Crespo is part of the “generative art” movement, which creates works of art using artificial intelligence. It creates rules for computers, and then computers use algorithms to generate new shapes and patterns. What is considered good contemporary art is still up for debate, but generative art is beginning to attract significant interest from art collectors and some high prices at auction.
2. Freelance Writers
Lightkey is an AI-powered writing tool that freelance writers and marketing professionals use to speed up the content generation process without losing creativity or accuracy. The app uses AI to learn each writer’s unique typing style and patterns to generate predictive text on a level never seen before. So writers can write like they normally would, but faster.
In this case, the human user can still see what the AI generates, making this tool an example of AI and humans working together to effectively check for errors and constantly come up with ways to help each other improve their capacities.
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3. Social Media Creators
One promising avenue where humans and AI work in synergy is social media, where collaboration ups the social media game of creators and influencers. While the AI in apps like Lately searches for content relevant to an influencer’s strategy – and even publishes it – the influencer runs the app like a digital assistant, accepting or rejecting suggested content, allowing the app to learn and refine those same suggestions.
For many tasks, human/AI collaboration involves AI helping to start the process, saving valuable time that the human can then use to tweak the final product to perfection. The first step in the editing process for professional photographers, for example, is usually a selection process, where the best shots are selected from a multitude of images imported to the computer. This selection process can take hours, and I’ve heard photographers say it’s the hardest part of their job. This is also the easiest part to apply to AI. Adobe’s “Best Photos” feature in Lightroom CC uses AI to identify the strongest photos in a series of similar images, avoiding human error and saving time. This allows the artist to jump in and focus on deep editing work on the best photos only.
5. Software Developers
As expected, AI is also impacting the work of software developers. In a decidedly meta way, AI can actually help with the process of writing code. Maybe one day AI will be able to write code on its own, but that day is years away at best, and even when it does, collaboration with humans will still be critical to success. . Products like JetBrains allow developers to assign repetitive programming tasks to AI machines, so they can focus on other tasks. The industry is finding that this actually allows developers to evolve their skills in ways that help them work more collaboratively with AI.
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Resources for Freelancers
Some of the most useful tools combine AI and humans to benefit freelancers and freelancers in almost any industry. One of the defining characteristics of life as a freelancer is the need for impeccable time management skills. Working on multiple projects at once is usually necessary to keep the lights on, and the more trivial tasks can be “outsourced” to AI, the more time freelancers have to focus on the work that matters most. Futurenda’s AI develops a dynamic calendar that manages a freelancer’s deadlines and adjusts deadlines as needed, so users can be more productive and get things done on time.
We combine a powerful AI tax engine with a team of tax CPAs. FlyFin’s AI analyzes linked account statements of self-employed users to find and suggest all possible tax deductions that could benefit them. Then, users accept or reject these recommendations to help the AI learn about specific trends in their business spending. The human element extends to CPAs who answer users’ tax questions and also prepare and review the filed tax return.
AI has had an undeniable impact in every industry and has proven it’s here to stay, but in many cases it works even better with the help of humans. This synergy allows us to take full advantage of the potential of AI to make a real difference in the lives of people working for themselves, such as freelancers.
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