EXPERTS have urged people to exploit "the biggest new side hustle" gig, AI – promising it could pocket you as much as £80 each hour, with no need for a degree.
Artificial intelligence bot ChatGPT has been surging in popularity in just months and now a recruitment chief suggests freelancers would be foolish to miss out on mastering this new skill.
The software – which can answer questions as well as writing emails and essays – has attracted more than 100 million users since being launched last November, according to US investment bank UBS.
The money-making possibilities should lure people into retraining in AI but without needing a degree, says California-based freelancer platform Upwork.
Their talent solutions vice-president Margaret Lilani declared: "The biggest new side hustle will be using AI and helping business owners to use AI."
The new role being recommended is known as AI content assistant.
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Learning the trade could allow specialists to charge £80 ($100) an hour for their new-found expertise, according to CNBC.
Ms Lilani said, "We've seen high demand for this category of work" – and pointed out more and more employers were now "looking to build up the supply of freelancers who can support this demand".
People with a bit of time on their hands for a "side hustle" – and already with a knack for language and tech – have been urged to get involved.
AI's new uses could see ChatGPT freelancers helping create LinkedIn posts, blog, notes for podcast episodes and contributions for social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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And these are likely to prove popular with companies intent on building their brands.
Angelique Rewers, founder of Florida-based consultancy firm BoldHaus, said: "The bar has been raised for how much content you need to publish on your website and on social media."
But while AI offers new tech possibilities, canny employees will be those who provide not only tech expertise but also the human touch – or the anti-"gobbledygook" approach.
Ms Rewers suggested AI content assistants can cash in by volunteering their time to take audio from corporate speeches and events, input through transcription services such as Rev or Otter.ai and then guide the ChatGPT versions of what was said.
She added, "You can literally copy and paste in a transcription and say, 'Turn this into a 700-word blog article that gives five tips" – before proofreading the outcome to "make sure it's not gobbledygook".
Among the benefits is that training in ChatGPT and various transcription services for the new role only "takes about a week to ramp up".
"Once you get a handle on the prompts it is so easy to do this", she enthused.
Yet for all potential benefits from the new technology, fears have also been raised about risks – such as potentially putting millions out of work while also actually draining people's finances.
Mobile phone users – including those with Apple iPhone and Google Android devices – were last month urged to delete seven apps masquerading as ChatGPT bots which were secretly swindling people out of thousands of pounds.
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Meanwhile, a New York lawyer was embarrassed after being caught using AI for a case – and trying to rely on what turned out to be false info.
And AI chiefs themselves have even warned the technology could lead to "human extinction".
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