An AI as your boss: science fiction or the next step in the office jungle?

Imagine walking into the office in the morning, reaching for your cup of coffee, and being greeted by your boss – a glowing AI on the screen who greets you with a friendly “good morning.” Sounds like a scenario from a futuristic movie? Maybe. But at a time when your refrigerator is telling you to buy more milk and your car is looking for a parking spot on its own, it may not be so far-fetched.

The bright side of an AI chief era

First of all, who wouldn’t want to have a boss who is never in a bad mood because he was stuck in traffic or spilled his coffee? An AI would always be up to date, able to analyze huge amounts of data in seconds and make decisions based on pure facts. No emotions, no prejudices, just cold, hard data. And the best part? She needs no vacation, no coffee, and definitely no lunch break.

But not all that glitters is gold

On the other hand, who wants to be reprimanded by a computer Monday morning for being five minutes late? Or worse, seeking emotional support from a screen that doesn’t even know what “emotional support” means? And then there are the ethical concerns. Do we really want to live in a world where machines decide our careers?

Current technological developments

The advances in AI technology are impressive. Models like OpenAI’s GPT-4 show what is possible today. But even technology gurus like Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, warn about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence. And if the head of the store has concerns, maybe we should be a little careful too.

Under what conditions would people accept an AI as a boss?

People are creatures of habit. For many, the idea of being guided by a machine would initially be alienating. But think back to the days when the idea of trusting a small device in your pocket to find your way seemed absurd. And now? Without GPS, many of us would be lost. Maybe people would accept an AI as a boss if they saw that it was fair, efficient, and maybe even a little humorous (yes, I’m looking at you, Siri with your jokes). There would have to be a balance between technology and humanity. An AI boss who not only understands data, but also recognizes the value of teamwork, creativity, and maybe even the occasional “office fun.”


The future is uncertain. Maybe in a few years we’ll all be greeted by friendly screens that let us start the day with a joke. Or maybe we’ll find that nothing can replace a human boss who’s as confused by the coffee machine as we are. No matter how it turns out, it will certainly be an adventure!