Fake beaches! Fake lawyers! ChatGPT! and more (what I find interesting in AI, Feb 2023)

There is so much being written about AI that I decided to blog about it separately from other tech. Plus AI is so much more than just tech. It touches on education, art, the law, medicine…pretty much anything you can think of. Let me show you.

Education: there’s been lots said about how students can (are?) using ChatGPT to cheat on tests. This piece argues that this is a good time to reassess education as a result. Meanwhile, this Princeton Student built GPTZero to detect AI-written essays, so I suspect some people will also just want to crack down on the use of AI. Will that stop the use of AI? I doubt it. Already companies like Microsoft are looking to add AI technology to software like Word. Expect AI to flood and overwhelm education, just like calculators once did.

Art: artists have been adversely affected by AI for awhile. Some artists decided to rise up against it by creating anti-AI protest work. You can read about that, here. It’s tough for artists to push back on AI abuses: they don’t have enough clout. One org that will not have a problem with clout is Getty Images. They’ve already started to fight back against AI with a lawsuit. Good.

Is AI doing art a bad thing? I’ve read many people saying it will cause illustrators and other professional artists to lose their jobs. Austin Kleon has an interesting take on that. I think he is missing the point for some artists, but it’s worth reading.

Work: beside artists losing their jobs, others could as well. The NYPost did a piece on how ChatGPT could make this list of jobs obsolete . That may be shocking to some, but for people like me who have been in IT for some time, it’s just a fact that technology takes away work. Many of us embrace that, so that when AI tools come along and do coding, we say “Yay!”. In my experience, humans just move on to provide business value in different ways.

The law: one place I wish people would be more cautious with using AI is in the law. For instance, we had this happen: an AI robot lawyer was set to argue in court. Real lawyers shut it down. I get it: lawyers are expensive and AI can help some people, but that’s not the way to do it. Another example is this, where you have AI generating wills. Needless to say, it has a way to go.  An even worse example: Developers Created AI to Generate Police Sketches. Experts Are Horrified. Police are often the worse abusers of AI and other technology, sadly.

Medicine: AI can help with medicine, as this shows. Again, like the law, doctors need to be careful. But that seems more promising.

The future and the present: if you want an idea of where AI is going, I recommend this piece in technologyreview and this piece in WaPo.

Meanwhile in the present Microsoft and Google will be battling it out in this year. Microsoft is in the lead so far, but reading this, I am reminded of the many pitfalls ahead: Microsoft’s new AI Prometheus didn’t want to talk about the Holocaust. Yikes. As for Google, reading this blogpost of theirs on new AI tool Bard had me thinking it would be a contender. Instead it was such a debacle even Googlers were complaining about it! I am sure they will get it right, but holy smokes.

Finally: this what AI thinks about Toronto. Ha! As for that beach I mentioned, you will want to read here:  This beach does not exist.

(Image above: ChatGPT logo from Wikipedia)



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