AI, in itself, is so simple in concept. It is really just data science. Not even advanced data science. It is simply predicting what the next “token” (a fragment of a word, or a word) will be based on the context. For example, from 100 articles, if there is a letter ‘q’, you could reasonably assume that it is followed by a ‘u’. There is nothing magical about that. However, with enough data, prediction can seemingly border on precognition. AI is changing our lives with these AIs. I was amazed when I first saw ChatGPT. It can engage in conversation, write essays, and create artwork.
The positives of AI can hardly be overstated. It can automate anything. You have probably heard of ChatGPT, an AI chatbot that has brought AI to the masses. “ChatGPT Plugins” was released to the general public (the general public who spend £10/month on ChatGPT) with multiple plugins that can do a lot of things, and has been a game changer. You can also make AI applications. This is massive for programmers like myself. This has already powered many startups, and has likely boosted the economy massively. It’s not all positives though. Recently, Snapchat has released their “My AI” chatbot (powered by GPT) to their 500m monthly users. This has caused problems, as there have been reports of the AI telling children how to cheat on their homework. Unethical things being told by LLMs is nothing new, however snapchat exposed this issue to their user base, the majority of whom are children. OpenAI took artwork without permission. Millions of online artworks were used to train this AI, which copied their style. This has caused issues over copyright, and has led to the US deeming AI work is not protected by copyright. This has also caused controversy, and is both an ethical and political issue. It also does the same thing with code, which can cause issues when code protected by a licence suddenly appears in your codebase.
I believe that AI can be a gamechanger. I am a programmer, and AI excites me. But I am not blind to the fact that AI can cause harm. It’s made off the internet, and there is some bad stuff on the internet. But I am not making an opinion for you. I want you to read this work, and make your own opinion based on my statements.