Why Does Everyone Want Me To Use AI To Do My Job?

Matthew McFarlane
6 min readJan 24, 2024

Our knowledge and skills live and die by use. “Use it or lose it” really is the name of the game, and anyone with experience learning a second language or a musical instrument can attest to the fact that skills atrophy quickly without use. This, as Nicholas Carr puts it in The Glass Cage, is the degeneration effect. Leave a skill alone for too long and those neurons get put to work doing other things. Our fingers don’t move quite as quickly over the fretboard. Our brain doesn’t find the right word. Our accent gets worse.

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Matthew McFarlane

Reader, writer, content provider. Fan of hand-made guitars, racket-based sports, and houseplants. You can find me in St. Louie.