by Shelt Garner
I often think that the only way I’ll ever teach English in Asia again is if the DPRK somehow collapses and there’s another bubble for ESL by desperate Koreans, this time from former North Koreans.
Me with my students about 2004.
I have noticed something curious on the “easy job for broke writers” front, however — training LLMs. It definitely seems that there MIGHT be a little bit of a bubble now when it comes to doing such shit to the point that otherwise useless — but creative — people like myself might be able to make good money doing it.
But I have a pretty good setup at the moment. I’m in a very idyllic situation for writing a novel and I don’t really have any reason to change it. I’m bonkers and I have a lot of time to write. Don’t know if I need to unset that apple cart by introducing training LLMs into the equation.
And, yet, I also know that all good things must come to an end. It definitely seems as though it’s possible that this very specific situation that I’ve been grateful for the last few years may come to an end in roughly a year. It’s going to s u c k and I need to start thinking about what I’m going to do.
But, who knows, it could be that by that point the training LLMs bubble will have popped and I’ll just have to be miserable like everyone else and use what little free time I have to write and read when I get a chance.