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Wednesday, May 17, 2023


I listened to a really interesting podcast by Chuck Todd (Meet the Press) about the rise of artificial intelligence - he talks to Jacy Reese Anthis, a social scientist.

We've almost (have already?) reached the point of creating (growing) artificial general intelligence ... an agent that can basically think for itself and write its own code ... and after that, can the singularity be far behind?

I tend to be pessimistic about what will happen to humanity after we reach the point where created intelligences are thinking for themselves and are both smarter and very different than us. Watched too many science fiction movies, I guess ...


Blogger Katherine Nielsen said...

The way I understand artificial intelligence ( or maybe I don't understand it!)is that it's like a chop shop. It cuts up text and data into little snippets and pieces them together. Like a collage, really. It didn't really create anything. Just takes material that's already been created and puts the bits and pieces together. I don't think it can take the place of actual creativity, but can probably put together stuff like advertising copy. Or bland mediocre college essays. Maybe even formulaic novels that will never win a Nobel prize for literature.

5:46 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

I think that has been true in the past. The intelligences were only able to regurgitate what they were programed with. But "artificial general intelligence" which is in the works now, will be able to grow beyond its programming, write its own code, in the same way a child is more than just its education and experiences. It's been in the news lately because congress has been looking into it and also Microsoft's chatbot GPT-4. here's an article ...

6:03 PM  
Blogger Katherine Nielsen said...

Sort of related, a kid graduating from Grand Island High, NE, composed his commencement speech using ChatGPT. Administration approved the speech. But he went majorly off script and spoke criticizing problems at the school, including lack of transparency and a toxic culture. Of course that part would never have been approved by the administration. I had to admire the kid's moxie. Grand Island is a tough old railroad and packing house town and I know the school had its problems.

6:28 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

That's a pretty grim looking high school!

9:08 PM  

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