AI is spiraling out of control and creating a generation gap

AI is spiraling out of control and creating a generation gap

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  • It has been difficult to keep up with the pace of development in the AI ​​world.
  • There is a sense of dj vu, similar to the digital revolution, and it has led to a generation gap.
  • The resistance isn’t just the boomers and millennials around me. Even tech leaders are concerned.

Do not get me wrong. I’m a millennial and I like to keep up with the latest developments. It also helps that I’m a journalist and so keeping up with the latest news, trends and innovation is second nature to us.

But in my recent encounters with generative AI platforms like ChatGPT, Bard, and HeyPi, one thing that struck me was the gap the technology is creating between generations. A friend recently told me that she is having trouble keeping track of all the AI ​​tools and is worried that the situation is spiraling out of control.

There’s a weird dj vu moment here. Back when Facebook and Twitter were launched, I often found myself spending hours debating the usefulness of these platforms. There were people from my parents to my professors to some of my classmates who predicted that no one would use these platforms because people could just “pick up the phone and talk.”

While in many cases these digital innovations have brought people together, helped families bond and given people a tool to express their feelings and opinions, for many others a digital divide has created a gap between generations. That gap not only still exists but is deepening in the age of AI.

‘Someone has to end it’

How many of you have been able to track the pace of development of generative AI over the past months, weeks or days? I’ll be honest with you. I couldn’t keep track. I follow the right people on Twitter, read a lot of AI news, and edit a lot of stories, but I was still baffled by Adobe Firefly’s Mona Lisa experiment.

It has sparked a huge debate both online and offline about what AI can do and how far it can go.

When I asked friends and family for their opinion on AI, I received responses that ranged from utter ignorance to misinformation to reluctance.

“Now it’s spiraling out of control.”

“Someone has to put an end to this.”

“Can’t you just turn it off and on all over again?”

“What does all this mean?”

“What is ChatGPT?”

“It will die like the metaverse.”

It looks similar to the digital revolution of the 2000s but more complicated.

The resistance isn’t just the boomers and millennials around me. Even tech leaders are concerned.

In a March open letter from the Future of Life Institute, Elon Musk, Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak and a few other tech leaders warned that powerful AI systems should only be developed once there is certainty that the effects will be positive. and the risks manageable.

The letter said, “We are calling on all AI labs to immediately suspend training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4 for at least 6 months. This pause should be public and verifiable and include all key players. If such a pause cannot be enacted quickly, governments should step in and institute a moratorium”.

Earlier this week, more than 350 scientists and technology leaders, including Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, maker of ChatGPT, and Microsoft’s Bill Gates, signed a statement expressing deep concern about the risks of AI.

“Mitigating the extinction risk of AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,” the statement read.

Many humans around me were saying the same thing and I wasn’t entirely convinced. I made myself a cup of tea, thought about it for a long time and then decided to ask my new friends.

Myself:
Is the AI ​​revolution spiraling out of control?

GPT Chats:
As an AI language model, I have no opinion or belief of my own. However, I can provide some insights on the matter.

The potential impact and implications of artificial intelligence (AI) are the subject of ongoing debate. While AI has made significant progress and brought many benefits in various fields, there are concerns about its potential risks and ethical implications.

Myself:
But does it seem to create a gap between generations? People are unable to understand and keep up with the pace of development.

GPT Chats:
You are correct that the rapid pace of AI development can create a knowledge gap and a sense of unease or division between generations. Technological advances, including artificial intelligence, have the potential to disrupt established industries and change the nature of work, which can lead to worries and anxieties, particularly among those who feel left behind or unable to keep up with changes.

The speed at which technology is evolving can make it difficult for people, especially the older generation, to fully understand and adapt to the latest developments. This can lead to a digital divide, where some people have limited access to technology or lack the digital skills needed to interact effectively with AI systems and other emerging technologies.

Me and HeyPi:

Conversation between Spriha and HeyPi.
Spriha Srivastava

Thanks friends! I think I’ll pick up the phone and call my parents.

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