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ChatGPT Will Not Steal Your Job! Here’s Why

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February 19, 2023
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Experienced copywriter who spends a lot of money at restaurants and regrets it later.
ChatGPT needs no introduction. The AI platform already passed 100 million users in January 2023. Most people didn’t even know about it until the end of 2022, but look where this platform has reached now.

That’s the world we’re living in—a fast-paced world where people, apps, and websites go viral in a matter of weeks. Something that you have never seen before may become an integral part of your life within a month. Amazing isn’t it?

But that brings us to a very important question: Will ChatGPT steal our jobs? In this article, we’ll discuss what ChatGPT is, what its limitations are, and how freelancers can take advantage of it.

So, let’s dive into it.

What Exactly Is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is essentially a chatbot that OpenAI developed. If you don’t know, OpenAI is an American artificial intelligence research lab that was founded in December 2015. ChatGPT, however, only came into existence in November 2022.

So, what makes ChatGPT so different? Let’s dig deeper to find out.

If you search “How to make a cake?” on Google, you’ll see the following results as shown in the image.

searching how to make cake on Google

As you can see, Google shows 2.2 billion results about making cake within 0.36 seconds. The first few results are what most people look at. As you can see, there are three results with pictures of the finished product at the top. What’s more, these initial results also have ratings attached to them. Meaning that users can avoid potentially bad recipes and straight up go for the best one. Also, please note that the first two results mention ‘vanilla’ cake.

Now, let’s ask ChatGPT how to make a cake and see what it says.

searching how to cook cake on chatGPT

Now, first of all, the results in ChatGPT about ‘how to make a cake’ are very generic. Interestingly, despite not mentioning the word ‘vanilla’ in the question, the ChatGPT result shows the recipe for a vanilla cake. Does that ring a bell? Well, Google did the same thing —even when the word ‘vanilla’ was not a part of the search query.

This means that ChatGPT may be simply following the top results of Google. This indicates that this new AI sensation may be highly dependent on big daddy Google. As of now, it seems like ChatGPT is simply a mixture of Google snippets and Quora. The only difference is that on ChatGPT, there’s a slight bit of personalization. And this may make you feel like you’re talking to an actual human.

But this illusion of talking to a person doesn’t always solve a problem. For example, if you want to buy a pair of shoes, Google will show you several links with prices and ratings. On the other hand, ChatGPT will simply tell you the names of stores that sell shoes. Furthermore, several people have mentioned a lack of credible references in the AI-generated answers. But anyway, ChatGPT surely is an exciting and helpful tool for internet users.


  • ChatGPT is a chatbot created by OpenAI in November 2022. It gives a human touch to users’ queries and is growing in popularity at an exponential rate.
  • ChatGPT is rumored to be capable of replacing humans at their jobs, but this is very unlikely in the foreseeable future.
  • This platform has certain limitations, like a lack of human-like creativity, a similarity in answers to different questions, and the inability to solve very complex problems as humans can.
  • Despite its limitations, ChatGPT is a very helpful tool and its human touch is far superior to many other AI platforms.
  • Freelancers can use ChatGPT to get basic ideas to get started with their projects. However, they’ll still have to do most of the heavy lifting themselves.

Why Will ChatGPT Not Steal Your Job in the Near Future

Now that you know the relationship between ChatGPT and traditional big players like Google, let’s discuss why it is not likely to steal your job in the coming months or years.

1. One question, similar answers

You see, many people expressed concerns regarding students using ChatGPT to complete their assignments. However, it’s unlikely that students will get away with simply copy-pasting responses from ChatGPT. Even though this AI platform can give highly valuable and accurate information, it’ll most likely give very similar answers to all students. Even if a teacher is half asleep while evaluating student assignments, they can easily find similarities in answers and take relevant action.  Don’t believe it? Just type ‘How to create a marketing strategy’ in ChatGPT and click on ‘regenerate response’ two times to create three different answers. Evaluate all the three answers and you’ll easily find out the similarities.

2. AI lacks creativity

Even though AI can be used to reduce the need to hire humans, it cannot completely replace humans. You need to understand that whatever AI does is because of the information it gets from humans. It’s not like the 2004 movie I, Robot starring Will Smith in which AI develops consciousness and starts superseding human commands.

Maybe there could be a time far in the future when AI is so insanely creative that human intervention may not be necessary. But, as far as the current progress of ChatGPT is concerned, it’s highly underdeveloped and cannot replace humans overnight.

No matter how much you train AI, it cannot paint an original Mona Lisa. Also, it cannot create a prototype for a new electric car, nor can it cook new customized recipes or build an architectural masterpiece without human intervention.

3. Potential penalty from Google

If you’re in the marketing space, particularly in SEO and digital marketing, you may have thought that ChatGPT will replace you. However, it’s not that simple. You see, maybe many business owners who hire marketing freelancers may have thought: “Well, now I can just use ChatGPT to write website copy and post a new blog every day.” The issue is, many business owners have the same thing in mind. And probably Google knows about this already.

So, if you’re a business owner and you’re thinking about publishing a huge load of online content by simply copy-pasting ChatGPT responses, think again. Big daddy Google has a very strong and time-tested algorithm and artificial intelligence. It may be able to tell the difference between posts that were written by humans versus those that were blindly copied from ChatGPT.

Google has not yet announced any action it may take against users who aggressively post ChatGPT responses on their website and call it ‘original’ content. But it’s safe to predict that Google will take some steps to ensure that ChatGPT doesn’t ruin original content written by actual humans. Meaning that the algorithm may favor original content and penalize copy-pasted responses from ChatGPT. However, as of now, this is just speculation.

4. It cannot give highly detailed solutions required in the real world

Let’s suppose that a freelance management consultant is hired to solve a complex operational problem by a Fortune 500 company. Typically, the consultant will begin with a hypothesis, then collect a large amount of qualitative and quantitative data, analyze it, and offer recommendations. All these tasks may take a few months to complete. And after the recommendations are made, it may take another few months to implement them and actually see the results. Do you see how complex this is?

Now, ask yourself: Can ChatGPT do this? The answer is: absolutely not! The most ChatGPT can do is give you three to four paragraphs of preliminary information. It’s worth mentioning that the responses given by ChatGPT can be very useful and help you get started. However, it lacks the sophistication and critical thinking that is required to execute complex projects successfully. That’s why it would be ludicrous to think that ChatGPT can replace management consultants, doctors, scientists, military strategists, or even a receptionist.

How Freelancers Can Take Advantage of ChatGPT

You can totally use ChatGPT in your freelancing job for the initial research in your projects. It’s true that ChatGPT won’t steal your job. However, nobody said that you cannot use it to assist you with your daily tasks. If you’re a freelance consultant, there are several ways you could use ChatGPT.
For example, if you want to collect data, you could use ChatGPT as a starting point if you need some ideas to begin your task. You could also use GPT-3 to create chatbots that could have human-like conversations with your potential clients. ChatGPT may also be very helpful if you need new content ideas to build a personal brand. But remember, don’t just copy-paste everything you see on the platform. Instead, use it as an inspiration and not some cheat code that enables people to be lazy.

It seems like ChatGPT is already very popular, not to mention very helpful. It is here to stay. So, it’s better to work along with it rather than be afraid of it.