printed on 09/30/2022
This artificial intelligence business, or AI as it’s called, is starting to worry me, although I’ve started to think that all intelligence must be a good thing, because we seem to lack the usual kind.
Yet it may be a matter of species survival when AI can do so much more than us humans.
There is, for example, a decent AI application on the internet that can put together any type of image you want just by typing in a description. That’s a fact.
Let’s say you typed into the program “Nancy Pelosi in a high school prom dress.”
Within minutes, such a photo-like image would appear on your computer screen. And no, I haven’t tried that.
And then you could write, “Nancy Pelosi in a high school prom dress having sex with Senator Mitch McConnell.”
Within minutes you would get something pretty close. No, I haven’t tried either.
So, emboldened by your successes, you might write, “Mitch McConnell wears nothing but a wrist corsage. No no no.
The truth is that you can do so many things, good, bad and horrible things with this application that some scientists have started to worry that people will see and believe these creations even if Mitch McConnell does not wear dresses (to our acquaintance) and Nancy Pelosi hasn’t been to prom recently.
But it’s getting worse, as anyone who followed the recent chess match scandal between the world champion and a young player will know, beating him with perfect moves throughout the contest.
The first comments in the wake of this huge upset – make the second comments since the first were, “You’re fooling such a little one” – involved the rumor that the young winner had been aided by the AI.
Yes indeed. This unsubstantiated report, which appeared on dozens of websites, alleged that the young gamer was receiving coded messages during the game via a small transmitter that he (or a very close friend) had inserted into his, uh, well , You know. Let’s just say that the approach to victory in this case started from the bottom.
I am not joking. You can research that. But while I’m sure something like this can be done and probably was – “Damn, Tommy, you killed that entrance exam” – I seriously doubt it happened in this case.
On the one hand, I can’t imagine anyone being able to focus with all these messages coming in. I mean, how the hell would you pass the chess move, “Sanz’ Shocking Endgame Sacrifice?”
The bigger question, however, is whether the recipient of this message would sit still for it.
While I see great things made possible by AI, I tend to agree with its detractors that the evidence so far suggests that too much reliance on AI will bring us to the end.