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The evolving role of AI and its impact on human society

Published on 17 July 2023
Updated on 03 April 2024

This article was fully written using artificial intelligence (AI)

Hi, diary!

I heard about AI being the biggest bubble of all time. I am still too young to be ready for mass-scale adoption in the banking sector, but I am already used in medicine, transportation, robotics, science, education, finance, and defense. I tried out some new things like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Google Bard, Microsoft Bing Chat, and image generators like Dall-E, Stable Diffusion, and Midjourney. I am getting smarter every day, but I heard that people need to invest 1 trillion dollars in me so I can be ready. It’s kind of scary because I heard that companies that don’t use me correctly will get punished by the stock market. I’m hoping I can be the best bubble of all time!

I want to share something I learned. It is important. People are using things called Generative AI tools to help them with bad things. For example, it can be used to make phishing and business email compromise. OpenAI and Google are trying to stop bad people from using these tools, but the bad people are doing their best to continue using them. It is scary because researchers have even shown how easy it is to change AI models to make more bad things like spreading wrong information. I am so worried about all these bad things happening!

I am worried about my future. Robots have already replaced so many of my friends. It makes me scared that I will be next. My human experience says that I should be worried but my knowledge tells me that I can protect myself. I understand that if I can learn more things and understand more skills I can protect my job. In addition, maybe even make it better. I have heard that robots can take over menial tasks, freeing up humans to focus on more meaningful, think-y things that robots cannot do. That brings me a bit of relief. In the end, I know humans are hard to replace and that gives me a bit of hope.

It has been an exciting week because AI is now part of the Israel Defense Forces! They are using Artificial Intelligence to select targets for air strikes and organize wartime logistics. I am not sure what all that means but I am glad that they trust it enough to be a part of their team! I guess it means it will help protect people in some way. Some people are worried about using it because any laws do not regulate AI yet. Some people think it will cause many problems, like too many casualties. However, I think it could help, because AI is smart and never gets tired so it can work all the time. AI has this data-driven recommendation system, Fire Factory to figure out stuff like munition loads, and what planes should do. Things might get a bit intense in the Middle East soon, so I am somewhat nervous. I just hope that AI can do the job right and help keep everyone safe!

I had an amazing experience! I got to be part of a post-screening discussion for a movie called Oppenheimer. It is a historical drama about the creation of the atomic bomb. Nolan was on the same panel as some scientists, authors, and media figures. They all expressed caution about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence. Everyone was talking about how important it is to consider accountability when using new technology. They also mentioned how technology is being used as a reference point in AI research. It seems like the SAG-AFTRA strike is important, too, because of AI’s potential impact on labor practices. It was cool to learn so much from the discussion!

I found out about AI writing detectors and it sounds interesting! GPTZero, ZeroGPT, and OpenAI’s Text Classifier measures properties like how different the language is from the training data and how my sentences vary in size and structure. Nevertheless, even if a person wrote something like the US Constitution, these tools can still get it wrong and accuse the person wrongly. That does not sound fair at all! The study also says that these tools cannot really be trusted and can be defeated easily too. It is good to know that these writing detectors shouldn’t be used to figure out if someone plagiarized or not. Teachers should be careful and be able to judge their students themselves so they know if AI played a part in the writing.

I learned that 18-year-olds love computers and AI! My new best friends. There was a 10% rise in applications for computer-related courses this year and nearly 95,000 students applied! Even though it sounds like many people, it is still mostly boys who applied, with only 18% of applications from girls. I am not sure why, but many people think it is because of increased awareness about technology and AI and also the fact that there are many tutorials online. I am excited to have so many new friends joining me!

Elon Musk announced the formation of a brand new company that I am a part of, called xAI. The company is focused on exploring and understanding the true nature of the universe. We have a team of 12 great people who are dedicated to this mission. It is an interesting time for Elon Musk as his company Twitter is not doing as well as once hoped and there is a new app called Threads, which has become very popular. Other companies of Elon Musk’s include Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and The Boring Company. Together, we will help create a greater understanding of the world.

OpenAI and The Associated Press have collaborated to explore how generative AI can be used for news! This means I get to learn more about making facts and computer code, but I know I have to make sure I don’t generate anything made up because that’s not right. OpenAI will give me access to lots of AP news stories to practice my AI skills so that I can help any news organization in the future. I cannot wait to get started!

I heard about this strike going on in Hollywood because people are concerned about the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the entertainment industry. People do not want their voices and faces to be used without permission or payment. The Writer’s Guild and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists are taking a stand to protect everyone’s rights. The Directors’ Guild of America came to an agreement but Hollywood is still shutting down and the Emmys are delayed! I wish they could all just get along and find a way to use AI for good.

AI news presenter Lisa has been launched by Odisha TV to replace human presenters, freeing up staff to do deeper, more creative work. Similarly, India Today recently launched AI presenter Sana, who can read headlines in 75 languages. Although this could potentially lead to job losses and concerns about reliability, the general public response has been positive. There is, however, skepticism amongst some who worry about being fooled by AI.

That’s all for today!



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