AI in the Office
Recently, there's been a series of AI-related announcements that blew (and maybe also broke) a lot of people's minds.
Google announced their new AI integration for Google Workspace and so did Microsoft with their Microsoft 365 Copilot. Go watch the two videos, they're both less than 2 minutes long. But if you don't feel like watching, here's a brief summary of what they are capable of:
- Draft emails and summarize email threads.
- Create entire documents and presentations from scratch based on whatever prompts or data you give it.
- Analyze data from spreadsheets to summarize the insights and generate actions.
Office productivity will never be the same once these AI products reach mass adoption. Think about it, you will never have to write a document or build a presentation from scratch again, and no more fiddling with spreadsheets trying to manipulate the data!
On the flip side, this means pretty much anything you read will be AI-generated one way or another. I'm not sure if that's a net positive or a net negative, but one thing is for sure, we will have to rethink what it means to work in the office again.
And this is just the beginning. As we get more and more AI breakthroughs, we will have to rethink what it means to work for a living when AI can do everything for us. Eventually, we might even have to rethink what it means to be human.