ChatGPT is the latest development in artificial intelligence that blurs the line between art and aggregation, leading us perhaps further down a rabbit hole of post-modern misinformation and existential dread.
The rate at which AI is developing, changing, and becoming a part of our daily lives is hard to keep up with, and that in and of itself is cause for some concern. The world is literally changing under our feet right now at a startling pace.
If you aren't paying attention... it's time to start. As the saying goes, "First, they came for the social media avatars, and I did not speak out for I was not a social media avatar..."
Well, now AI is writing. There are many platforms doing it, but ChatGPT might be the one that's the most prominent today (blink, and this will change), but that begs the question...
What Is ChatGPT?
I Bot ChatGPT is a dialogue-based chatbot that understands human language and generates detailed human-like responses as a written text. It's the latest in GPT, or Generative Pre-Trained Transformer.
It's trained with "reinforcement learning," and it seems that it'll only get better at this with time, and with our inputs...
Don't be fooled into thinking ChatGPT is the only thing of its kind. AI writing is going to take over sooner rather than later. From SEO blog posts to tweets to news stories, we're going to see it (or not see it) filter into our lives in a myriad of ways.
The potential for disseminating misinformation is massive. The rate at which algorithms will start to learn what type of writing people respond to is another factor we must consider. Right now it's funny...
I’m sorry, I simply cannot be cynical about a technology that can accomplish this. pic.twitter.com/yjlY72eZ0m— Thomas H. Ptacek (@tqbf) December 2, 2022
I can't compete with this pic.twitter.com/YdQ87LWIst— Keith Wynroe (@keithwynroe) December 1, 2022
But how long will that last? In the meantime, I had a little convo with ChatGPT myself in prepping for this post.
Hmm. I dunno, HAL—I mean, "ChatGPT." Seems like you're doing exactly the things you say you can't do.
Only time will tell what exactly happens with AI writing, and AI image creation, not to mention other AI tools that are taking our industry... and all industries... by storm.
On the one hand, these will remain tools. We will wield them in new and potentially thrilling ways. Maybe the "hard parts" or the tedious work will be removed and some of the creative fun parts will be left more to humans. Maybe we'll all thrive...
Or maybe the Elon Musks of the world (yes, he is a co-founder of ChatGPT) will simply have more access to us, to our time, and to our thinking.
It is reminiscent of the things Bo Burnham pointed out.
Wow. Didn’t know Bo Burnham was a real one. Couldn’t be more relevant pic.twitter.com/DOBEcUEVJQ— Read Jackson Rising by @CooperationJXN (@JoshuaPHilll) November 2, 2022
Are there exciting applications for this? Tes!
The possibilities, the way these tools can branch out and change how we are entertained, how we consume information... how we learn. It's thrilling and terrifying all at the same time.
What do you think?