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Will IBM Watson Harm Freelance Businesses?


IBM Watson and your business

IBM Watson is a “super computer.” Watson is like a human brain on steroids. It can train itself. Watson is starting to be utilized in many applications. You may call a help center and have a human help you fix a technical problem with your computer. You wonder how this human is able to fix the issue so quickly. You have called other help centers and it seems the “helpers” end up creating more problems.

As time moves on, we are going to find many humans losing their jobs because of a development that took place several years back.

The reason this “human voice” can fix the issue so quickly is because it is not a human. It is IBM Watson.

Watson is being used in medical diagnosis, analytic situations, and much more. As Watson learns, it will be able to perform work that humans normally do. It doesn’t need breaks, vacations or overtime pay. IBM Watson will be the perfect employee. See the following video:

So will Watson harm freelancing businesses?

It is too early to tell how much damage this system will do to freelance business, but I will say that people normally want to work with people.

Yes, Watson may be able to write a great article, but will it be able to write “killer” fiction? While Watson may be able to do graphic art, will it be the same as a freelance person could do? Photography is another area that Watson will most likely not be able to compete. It isn’t like the “super computer” can travel looking for those perfect shots.

I say that no matter what, humans will still adapt and not allow Watson to overtake them.

It means stepping up and creating the best of the best. Give outsourcers a great reason to keep contracting you the freelancer. Show them why you are better than that “super computer.”

Perfection doesn’t always sell

Some of the best things in life are imperfect.

“We love the imperfect shapes in nature and in the works of art, look for an intentional error as a sign of the golden key and sincerity found in true mastery.”

Dejan Stojanovic

“I am not perfect, but if I looked perfect to everyone I must have been rocking imperfect perfectly to a few imperfect souls that seek imperfection vs. perfection, in an imperfect world where God asks us to seek perfection for our imperfect souls.”

Shannon L. Alder

Final words

Instead of worrying about what Watson can take from us, let’s strive to take from Watson. Learn from the master computer how you can be the best freelancer in the world.

I really doubt Watson can develop fiction pieces like these:

Kayro’s Key

American Cacique

or Insane Sanity

No way Watson can keep up with me…what about you?

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