Meet Aiko And Aiden: The World’s First AI Interns


By 2050, AI would have replaced quite a number of Jobs, like couriers, workers, content writers, etc. Because of this, a majority of the human population in these (and related) fields will shift focus from working in these roles to building, managing, and collaborating with AI systems.

With the consistent improvement of older technologies and the emergence of new ones, AI programs are getting better than ever. For example, ChatGPT, an AI chatbot, can generate real and natural human-like texts and can answer almost every question you have. Stable Diffusion is a text-to-image AI program that can create a life-like image from the information provided, by way of prompts.

Almost all the tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Meta, and Adobe are working on their own AI programs. They are using them to improve the quality of their products and give users more intuitive solutions, regardless of what their needs might be. Whether it is smart algorithms that deliver the best search results or photo-editing software that performs industry-level photo edits.

These organizations have worked and iterated for years to add AI to their workforce, removing the need for employees without any special tasks related to the core function of the company. For example, an AI bot can be useful in marketing by handling tasks like generating content ideas and writing blog posts, it will reduce the cost spent on paying the salary to marketing agencies and content writers.

Recently a company Codeword created two AI programs with the help of technologies like ChatGPT and recruited them for a three-month internship. The Codeword team will oversee their tasks and create performance reports according to their accuracy, problem-solving skills, and time required to complete the task. Read below to find out what the company is planning to do with them.

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Codeword, a New York-based tech-marketing agency just created two AI employees and recruited them for three months internship.

On January 11, Codeword announced in their medium blog, Cover Story, that the agency is welcoming two new interns for the “Winter 2023 Internship Class”.

The blog post was written by Codeword’s co-founder Kyle Monson.

The name of the two interns are Aiko and Aiden.

Did you know how the Interns were named?

The Codeword’s team asked the AI program to suggest names that begin with “AI”.

The program suggested Codeword team six names:

  • Aiden
  • Aiko
  • Aileen
  • Ailish
  • Ainsley
  • Aisha

Of the six names received the team selected the first two names, Aiko and Aiden, as the names for their Interns.

The two AI Interns will assist Codeword’s team of 106 employees. The interns will be given regular tasks, be overseen by a supervisor, and will be given performance reports like all other interns.

The AI Interns are created using various technologies like ChatGPT, Midjourney, Dall-E 2, and others according to their announcement post.

  • ChatGPT is an AI chatbot that generates human-like answers created by OpenAI as previously discussed.
  • Midjourney is a text-to-image generator AI program. Dall-E 2 is also a text-to-image generator by OpenAI.

Aiko will work side by side with Codeword’s design team and will report to Senior Art Director Emilio Ramos. He will draft concepts, create designs, edit photos and do all kinds of work that Interns are required to do.

Aiden will work with Codeword’s editorial team of thirty awesome people, reporting to Senior Editor Terrence Doyle. She will create drafts, write blog posts and come up with content ideas for Codeword’s blog Cover Story on medium.

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The AI programs have created their Avatars. Codeword’s blog states that Aiden and Aiko will be “full members of the Codeword’s team” and will be listed in the employee directory. They may also write articles for the company’s blog.

Since they are not humans they will not be paid but Codeword will donate money equivalent to the salary of two interns to the Grace Hopper Celebration, where women from the tech field all around the world meet to discuss their research papers and career interests.

According to the blog, Codeword is planning to use Aiden and Aiko to assist other employees. The team will give information about the task to the program, the program will return the different ways to solve it, then the team will select the appropriate solution and modify it if needed. This is called ‘sandwich workflow.’

This leads to the question of whether these AI programs will replace Codeword’s human employees. The blog clearly states that these AI programs are currently for testing purposes and Codeword is not intending to replace human employees with them.

Codeword’s blog also states that they are currently hiring and they are not sure what kind of work these AI programs can do and how reliable they are. For now, Aiden and Aiko will directly not serve any client.

Codeword assures that they will not replace human employees with AI programs but it is not sure for others companies like GoogleAmazonMeta, and Twitter. These companies have recently laid off thousands of employees and are looking for ways to reduce costs. They are looking for every possible position which can be replaced by AI and they will do it as soon as they build a recruitment-ready AI workforce.

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It can be anticipated that tech giants are working to build an AI workforce of thousands which will replace millions of humans.

If you do want not to get replaced by AI then find a job that requires building these AI programs or look for a job that has no relation to any kind of technology (which is impossible).

However, you shouldn’t worry too much. There are still several fields that cannot be replaced by AI as it stands. Like, conducting research in laboratories, exploring space, and writing opinions and books. But, who knows what the future holds? AI can do fast work and for cheaper with near-to-perfect accuracy but it can never develop logical thinking.

Remember, AI cannot make decisions, it always needs someone to instruct it and nudge it towards the right decisions.

By: Mayank Vikash
Source: Hackernoon

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