Shenanigans with Algorithms
Taken from actual job suggestions I’ve received on social media in the last month….
AI Algorithm: Hey Julia, I have job suggestions for you!
Me: Great! Show me what you’ve got!
AI: “Technical Writer!”
Me: Totally makes sense. I am a writer after all. Let me look at what industry that’s in.
AI: I have others, do you want to see them?
Me: Sure, what’d you find?
AI: “YouTube Media Manager.”
Me: Eh, close-ish. I don’t really specialize in the videography side of the social media pool.
AI: How about “Temperature Taker” or “COVID-19 Test Administrator?”
Me: Nooo. I mean, we have a cancer patient at home and really wouldn’t want to risk that. And I don’t have any formal medical certification either. But I guess there’s a wide-spread need for people to do that job right now. I understand why you might ask. Thanks anyway, AI.
AI: There’s “Office Clerk” and “Personal Assistant.”
Me: Eh, not quite the field I’m aiming for, AI. I hope you didn’t ask because I’m a woman.
AI: I know! “Medical Device Quality Engineer” or “Pharmacist!” Or there’s “Veterinary Technician!”
Me: Uh, nooo. I do write for the healthcare industry, so I can see why your wires are crossed there, AI.
AI: “Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist!”
Me: Um… nooo?
AI: There’s “Nursery Worker” and “Toddler Teacher.”
Me: Look AI, I know I’m a seasoned Mom, but I’m not looking for that kind of work. I’m a writer. Remember?
AI: How about “Full fabrication and installation of quartz and natural stone countertops?”
Me: Excuse me?
AI: Or “Shuttle Driver” or “Car Wash Attendant?”
Me: What? No!
AI: “Farm Hand.”
Me: Now you’re just making stuff up!!
AI: FINE! Be a “Sheriff Department Jailer” then!
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