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AI adoption soars among freelancers – survey

Freelancer.com survey on AI tools
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CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES — A new survey by talent platform Freelancer.com found that 73% of freelancers globally use artificial intelligence (AI) tools. 

The online talent platform surveyed over 8,100 freelancers worldwide to provide insights into how they adopt AI tools for productivity gains, though many still fear being replaced by AI.

While 35% use AI to automate only up to a quarter of their tasks, 16% automate between a quarter and half of their work with AI. 9% even automate nearly all their tasks with AI.

ChatGPT was the most popular AI tool used by freelancers surveyed, at 57%. 21% used tools like Bard and Bing Chat, while 12% used GitHub Copilot. 10% used Midjourney, Stable Diffusion or Dall-E for image generation.

“We’re not surprised to see such a high adoption rate of AI tools. They are using these tools to supercharge their workflows,” said Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer.com.

“Over the next year we expect to see every business and worker looking to transform themselves through the use of AI.” 

According to the study, 75% of freelancers in the United States use AI tools. 33% use them constantly and 58% are very concerned about AI taking over their jobs.

In Europe, 71% of freelancers adopt AI tools, 17% use them all the time and 29% are very concerned about AI replacing their job. 

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