Most of us think the apocalypse is millennia away, but it is approaching faster than you can imagine.
Technology is constantly improving, and with that, large companies are producing new forms of artificial intelligence (AI). These new forms of AI, however, are not ones we may be familiar with; instead, their algorithms are becoming so advanced that not even the companies are fully familiar with their own products.
A prime example of this would be the infamous Open AI’s ChatGPT, one of the most technologically advanced publicly-available forms of intelligence we’ve seen. The tool has the ability to process and subsequently respond to pretty much any question or prompt, whether it be, “Write me an essay on World War I,” “What is the theory of relativity?” or even a question as simple and open-ended as “How are you doing today?”
It can even process and answer in various languages, assess, edit, and read pieces of literature, and respond at different age levels. ChatGPT is essentially endless; it’s extraordinarily difficult to tell the difference between the writings of an educated human and the AI, and the most frightening idea is that it is only continuing to get more and more advanced, learning with every human input.
Another, slightly simpler form of GPT (generative pretrained transformer) AI is Chaos GPT. Chaos GPT was developed by a Twitter user, and its algorithm was developed to take the “mind” of an apocalyptic being striving for death to all humanity. Even though it cannot actually achieve this goal (yet) because it is simply a text-producing bot, there is something eerie about how it writes that the only way to save the Earth is to eliminate all humans. The next step is to give it a functioning body and do the same to more just like it, and the rest will be history…
A new website by the name of “Pim Eyes” was recently deemed the most frightening on the internet by Reddit users. Its algorithm was coded in a way that, when you take a picture of yourself and submit it, it automatically searches the web for all pictures ever taken of you—yes, it works!
Slightly less disturbing, another Twitter user was able to produce an AI-generated song which was a “collaboration” between popular artists The Weeknd and Rihanna. The results sound scarily accurate.
The rise of AI technology is both an exciting and concerning development. As AI continues to advance, it is expected to replace millions of jobs, which will undoubtedly have a significant impact on society. Likewise, the recent departure of Geoffrey Hinton, known as the “godfather of AI,” has also warned the population and raised concerns about the direction in which AI is heading. While AI has many benefits, including the creation of language models like Chat GPT (which Hinton is partially responsible for), we must be aware of the potential dangers it poses. It is important to approach AI with caution and continue to explore its limitless possibilities while also acknowledging and mitigating the risks. Ultimately, the future of AI will depend on how we choose to develop and use it.
One way in which I chose to use AI was to have Chat GPT write the previous paragraph you just read.
Be careful, be aware, be wise.
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