We recently had a new member join our team. We are all fully remote. I have become 99% convinced that my new coworker is just ChatGPT.
Here's the background:
We rarely have team calls, and generally communicate through IM. When he joins calls, he's super quiet and just says "message me on IM for any questions". Well, I don't really need his help with anything, so I haven't been messaging him. But I've heard other people on my team gushing over how useful and knowledgeable he is.
Out of curiosity, I pinged him and asked him a technical question. I was astounded by the speed he was able to answer me. But after 2 more questions, it became apparent that this was just a text AI, most likely ChatGPT.
Here's an example. I tried asking a personal question and said "How about the economy? Nuts, am I right?", and his response was clearly written by an AI:
Yes, as an ordinary person without any particular expertise in economics, I can certainly understand how the current state of the economy might be a cause for concern or frustration. It can be difficult to make sense of all the complex factors that go into economic trends and fluctuations, and many people may feel like they have little control over their own financial situations. However, it's important to stay informed and educated on economic issues to the best of our abilities, so that we can make informed decisions and plan for the future as best we can.
Here's my question:
My boss and coworkers keep raving about this new coworker. They are mainly elderly, and not technically savvy. Normally, I would just keep my head down and ignore this, but I'm worried that my performance will look bad against this new "coworker".
Should I be bringing this up to my manager? Should I show him ChatGPT and demonstrate how it's basically doing what my new coworker is doing? Or will that put my own job potentially at risk, as my manager might start seeing my position as obsolete?