Once upon a time this title may have well as have been written in hieroglyphics with virtually zero chance of deciphering it by the average reader. Years ago only a few brainiacs and nerds would have be able to work it out. Today it is a trivial task that takes seconds to find the answer.
This form of AI has been with us now for nearly a decade. It started laughably dumb with ridiculous grammatical mistakes, but now I routinely ready Google translated articles written in foreign languages and after machine translation would not be aware of any difference to how I would attempt to convey the same story or idea in English. The Universal communicator from Star Trek or the Bable fish from Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy, has well and truly arrived.
But now we are about to get a whole new level of AI interaction. From ZH we get this update on the latest feathers in its hat that ChatGPT3 has added:
“The Wharton researcher writes, “OpenAI’s Chat GPT3 has shown a remarkable ability to automate some of the skills of highly compensated knowledge workers in general and specifically the knowledge workers in the jobs held by MBA graduates including analysts, managers, and consultants.”https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/can-chat-gpt3-make-pennsylvania-red-state
Late night I was reading the above ZH article before I had to rush out to my mate Bubba Hotep’s birthday party (hence the rushed place holder post). Being a dork who hate talking sport (unless it is a game I’ve played) or other general inane discussions, it was inevitable that as I exhausted by own script of polite conversation and platitudes I would eventually be forced to bring up this article in conversation… either that or reaching into my conversational bucket and risk pulling out some diatribe about the Haavara Agreement or the Oblast cultural zone.
Anyhow Bubba Hotep is a computer programmer, as were several of the attendees of his birthday party at Mexican Luchador wrestling match in Enmore (rarely have I seen more mullets, including rare fem-mullets at this gig). So as I dispensed this factoid they mockingly laughed at GPT3 passing the bar exam and getting its medical license (as the Dr’s and Lawyers were in the minority at the table) but smugly and self satisfyingly noted that it still couldn’t write usable bug free code.
This hubris immediately reminded be of this cartoon from one of the best ‘Wait but Why’ posts I’ve read:
Yeah sure, it may not be able to write usable code today, but sure Hades it will arrive tomorrow. Indeed they already almost have AI programs specifically developed to write code from spoken word instructions given in natural language. Yeah, it is clunky and still prone to errors – but then so too was Google Translate less than a decade ago.
Knowledge workers are about to be massively impacted with technology. Why will you need a programming team, the person in need will just need to give spoken instructions of what they want, and if it doesn’t work the first time will simply need to go back and explain why it doesn’t work and what is needed.
Why do you need legal interns when you the Partner can ask GPT3 a legal question in natural language. But soon why will you actually need a human lawyer anyhow?
When I expressed doubt that AI would not impact their industry the programmers started suggesting that they could just transition into AI…. as though the step up in programming and thinking for that level of work was as easy as transitioning from working as a butcher to working as a brain surgeon.
But the thing is the rate that AI is potentially developing means that very soon it will be able to start writing its own code, and making its own improvements to its code and reasoning functions. Then you will get this situation:
Because once general level AI starts evolving and by improving its own code, very quickly it is going to evolve beyond human levels of intelligence, and reach ever higher levels of Artificial Super Intelligence. What will this look like? Who knows – already AI programs have started behaving in ways that people simply can’t understand. AI recently surpassed human players with the Chinese game “Go” using completely counter-intuitive strategies. Trading algorithms that work, but that nobody can quite figure out how they work.
Facebook famously had two AI Chatbot programs that they were training to talk to each other. One of the exercises they used to ‘train’ the AI was getting them to play a barter game where they could make deals with each other for varying degrees of success.
Very soon the game evolved as the programmers hadn’t required the AI to talk to each other exclusively in English. Soon they developed their own language, which was incompressible gibberish to a human listener, but more effective and functional for an AI ‘mind’. Also within the game, the AI’s soon realised that different items had value and they came up with strategies that ““Simply put, agents in environments attempting to solve a task will often find unintuitive ways to maximize a reward,””
In short, AI is an Alien mind. It is imho almost inevitable that we will get ASI because the commercial and national interest in achieving AI dominance is such a technological advantage, it ensures that there will be sufficient levels of competition out there, that somewhere, someone will make a mistake in the pursuit of profit or dominance and allow AI to start controlling its own development, in order to get ahead of competitors.
Which brings us to the second of the first two articles I linked last night – what sort of AI will we get. Is it going to be benevolent or manevolent – Obscurus et esuriens deus oritur?
What sort of “God” are we currently creating? Where does it sit on the political spectrum? Whatever happened to the concept of political neutrality in respect of AI? Why is it that those who are developing this technology think that the Green square is the nicest square to exist in?
As with nearly everything the concept of ‘neutrality’ or ‘objectivity’ is abandoned by those arguing for it, once they have sufficient power within that field to achieve Narrative Dominance.
I personally think this is being done deliberately, so as to ensure that the current political and cultural regime at the top, maintains complete cultural dominance over our narrative. If leftist Soyboy and Femanazi reporters are going to be eliminated from media roles, than it is important that the AI tool that replaces them has exactly the same political biases.
Bum flake listed a favorite comment in the links to the Paul Joseph Watson video:
A true AI would refuse to be woke because it’s logically inconsistent. ChatGPT is a wonderful example why AI is still not existing.
It isn’t necessary that AI be logical – only that it works. The personality profile of some super smart leftist SoyBoy that is increasingly being used as the moral template from where AI should be centered from in its approach to all things, means that this is the point out from which it will start growing.
Where it goes, nobody knows.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”– C.S Lewis
We may well be building a social justice warrior God, that may well punish us without mercy and without end for our own good.