Let me tell you a story about my journey with generative AI, particularly ChatGPT. It’s a tale of initial fear, discovery, and eventual excitement for the future.

When I first heard about AI and its advancements, I was apprehensive. The thought of machines doing tasks that humans have always done was unsettling. But as I delved deeper, my perspective shifted.

Generative AI, while still a work in progress, is a bit like a helpful assistant rather than a replacement. It’s designed to take care of mundane tasks, freeing us to focus on our work’s more creative and complex parts. This was my first sigh of relief. The aim isn’t to replace us but to support us.

I learned that the main challenges with AI come from how we humans use it. It’s not about the AI going rogue – it’s about ensuring that we use it wisely and responsibly. This realisation made me see that the control is still primarily in our hands. Companies, including the one I work for, are now more vigilant about how their employees use AI, which is reassuring.

The human touch is irreplaceable. This became clear to me as I explored more about AI. It’s not about machines taking over but about them handling the simpler stuff so that we can concentrate on higher-level thinking and decision-making. This understanding was a game-changer for me.

Keeping up with AI is essential, especially in fields like content creation, where I work. The landscape is evolving rapidly. I started experimenting with new AI tools, and seeing how they could enhance my work was fascinating. It’s like having new tools that open up previously unimagined possibilities.

What struck me was how user-friendly AI has become. Unlike the past, where you needed specific skills, now it’s accessible to everyone. This democratisation of technology is not just a buzzword; it’s real and happening. And it’s exciting!

So, am I still afraid of AI in 2024? Not really. It’s more about embracing this new era with caution, understanding, and a bit of excitement. The future is about collaboration between humans and AI, and I’m here for it.

How has your experience with AI been so far? Are you excited, sceptical, or a bit of both for what 2024 holds for AI in your field?


Rodrigo Branco Matsumoto.

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