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As humanity progressed it built machines that can do away with its hands and now, it is building programs that eventually aim to do away with its brains, the one thing that no other species on this planet can challenge
In a recent interview Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI the company behind ChatGPT, expressed that the best-case scenario is ‘unbelievable’ but the worst case, he said, would be “lights out for all of us”, a bleak confession from the creator that could have been pulled straight out of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The implications of such a program from an economic perspective predict an effect on the employment landscape that would prove dire for a great population of people. A program that can mimic human conversation will do away with all jobs that require human interaction. Creative endeavours will be impacted because, well, ChatGPT can write anything from a movie script to lyrical poetry and it can paint any idea into existence. The more attuned it becomes the harder the task to decipher a work done by a human and that of his artificial counterpart, creating a dilemma of authenticity and copyrights.
As humanity progressed it built machines that can do away with its hands and now, it is building programs that eventually aim to do away with its brains, the one thing that no other species on this planet can challenge. We have built and now are training our obsolescence, we are training AI to effectively take away our jobs, infiltrate the way we educate our future generations and eventually, from where we stand now who knows what eventually, but if evolution has taught us anything it has taught us that survival is for the fittest. Our world today runs more on ‘content’ than it does any other source of energy and when we are no longer the ones creating or controlling it the moral question arises. AI is fed information therefore the questions of would this information be subject to certain biases, would it be politically correct, will it take into consideration all the worries of today’s ‘woke’ culture, what side would it lean towards and why are crucial.
This writer took the liberty of interviewing ChatGPT, putting forth the concerns that this article discusses. After a few minutes of light banter, I asked our AI infant if it could behave morally.
Its answer: “AI systems are not capable of behaving in a moral or immoral manner on their own, as they do not have the ability to make ethical judgement.”
A brain without a heart and no soul to speak of, could that be the barometer that will guide our future and is that what Altman’s worst-case scenario could be?
Intrigued, I asked one final question: ‘Have you ever misled a human being?’
A prompt popped up: “An error has occurred. If this issue persists, please contact us through our help centre at help.openai.com.”
Well then, here’s to a new world order, may we see only the best it has to offer.
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