Artificial intelligence will replace work jerks. People skills will become more important.
It’s almost the weekend, pals. I’m Diamond Naga Siu, and I watch about one movie per year. Last year was “Bullet Train.” This year, it was “Everything Everywhere, All At Once” (finally).
The movie has similar vibes as the most recent story from my colleague and careers connoisseur Rebecca Knight. She turned into a hologram to see what the future of work might look like.
The replica allows people — mainly execs — to make “in-person” appearances. But she writes how nifty tech will unfortunately not save us from boring meetings.
Before I find a way to replace myself in meetings, let’s dive into today’s tech.
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1. You’re a jerk (I know). That coworker who’s brilliant — but a horrible person — better watch out. With AI automating many tasks, employers are now looking for soft and technical skills. That leaves little room for unpleasant collaborators and icy communicators.
- Strong people skills are vital in an increasingly automated world. Companies want employees who can bring a team together. And this could eradicate the enduring tech stereotype of the gifted worker with a jerk personality.
- People skills could become as valuable as coding capabilities, according to experts. Other in-demand soft skills could include a willingness to learn, strategic thinking, and ability to mesh with a team.
- My teammate Emilia David breaks down how contemptible coworkers could get phased out in the near future.
Get a preview of your mean coworker’s downfall here.
In other news:
2. Laid off US tech employees were wrecked. Their European counterparts fared much better. Instead of suddenly being out of a job, European workers could get better severance packages, more advance notice, or even contest their layoff. More on the layoff differences here.
3. ChatGPT is getting stronger. The buzzy chatbot from OpenAI just got a fancy new update. It’ll be able to understand images, and breaking its rules will become much harder. These are the top five things you need to know about its new capabilities.
4. Iconic light-up taxi ads are coming to Ubers. The ride-sharing company is looking more and more like the taxi industry it disrupted. Its latest update is billboards on top of cars. More on the cartop update here.
5. Oracle is playing return-to-office roulette. Employees will find out within the next 30 days whether they need to return to the office, per a leaked email. They’ll each be categorized as in-office, flex, or remote. Read the leaked memo with the full details here.
6. A leaked email shows Amazon has been working behind the scenes on AI. Software engineers have been encouraged to use Amazon’s ChatGPT competitor at work, according to the internal message. Here’s what we know about Amazon’s AI, CodeWhisperer.
7. Kia just revealed its three-row electric SUV. It features bold edges and sculpted corners. Plus, the second row of seats can swivel 180 degrees. Check out the sleek and stylish EV9 here.
8. Venture capitalists have never been more divided. VCs are arguing with each other in public over who killed their beloved Silicon Valley Bank. Usually, the industry is known for being collegial – but now, they are airing their dirty laundry for the world to see.
Odds and ends:
9. Flight attendants reveal eight things people might not know about the job. They rush through boarding, since they’re usually not paid until the doors close. And they aren’t allowed to accept tips to upgrade passengers. Check out the full list here.
10. No clothes on: What managing a ‘textile-free’ spa is like. Felix Kühn manages a German spa that requires guests to be naked to access the pool and sauna. He bared all the details of what his job is like.
What we’re watching today:
- Microsoft is hosting an online event called The Future of Work: Reinventing Productivity with AI. CEO Satya Nadella will chat with Jared Spataro, the company’s corporate VP of modern work and business applications.
- The South by Southwest (SXSW) tech, music, and culture festival continues in Austin, Texas.
- Rocket Lab is launching a rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
- Stay Ready (What a Life) for Jhené Aiko’s birthday today.
Curated by Diamond Naga Siu in San Diego. (Feedback or tips? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @diamondnagasiu) Edited by Matt Weinberger (tweet @gamoid) in San Francisco and Hallam Bullock (tweet @hallam_bullock) in London.