A discussion in the May 7, 2023 New York Times Magazine raises once more the question of what to do with the dangerous A.I. We already know it’s dangerous because we have seen its misleading affirmation of “reality.”
As mentioned in an earlier post, Geoffrey Hinton, an artificial intelligence pioneer and major developer of A.I. has withdrawn from its development.
On a recent Monday he officially joined a growing chorus of critics who say those companies are racing toward danger with their aggressive campaign to create products based on generative artificial intelligence, the technology that powers popular chatbots like ChatGPT.
Dr. Hinton said he has quit his job at Google, where he has worked for more than a decade and became one of the most respected voices in the field, so he can freely speak out about the risks of A.I. A part of him, he said, now regrets his life’s work.
The New York Times Magazine article of May 7, 2023 by Gary Marcus contains a grim warning and forecast: “People are going to make fake Guardian articles, fake New York Times articles, fake CBS News videos…because the cost of mis-information is going to zero.”
…”By the time the election comes around in 2024, nobody’s going to believe anything, and anything they don’t want to believe they’re going to reject as being A.I.-generated. And the problems we have around civil discourse and polarization are just going to get worse.”