Key idea: Artificial intelligence technology has numerous benefits increasingly seeping into our everyday lives, whether we’re aware of them or not.
Original author and publication date: Jonathan Bastian (KCRW) – April 29, 2023
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: Paraphrasing the article, the future is here, whether we’re aware of it or not.
From the article:
Driverless cars, medical advances, and technologies selecting your music and travel itineraries: Artificial intelligence technology has numerous benefits increasingly seeping into our everyday lives, whether we’re aware of them or not. Advances in AI technologies, like ChatGPT, are happening so rapidly that some tech experts warn that “human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity.”
Jonathan Bastian talks with Meghan O’Gieblyn, author of “God, Human, Animal, Machine: Technology, Metaphor, and the Search for Meaning,” about how AI technologies could shape and change us as humans. How do we make sense of such rapid changes, how do we ensure AI stays in line with our values, and what will the world look like when there’s an absence or decline in the tasks that give our lives meaning?
“The scary thing for me is that maybe we won’t see those tasks as creative anymore,” says O’Gieblyn. “Once you have a machine that can do something, it’s like, ‘Oh, well, that’s not a big deal anymore.’
Maybe that’s just the inevitable course of automation and that will find meaning and other things as opposed to art and writing in the future, but to me, as somebody who has built my life around that work, that would be an incredible loss. That’s exactly why I like writing — it requires the full breadth of my attention and my mental capacities, and that is very deeply connected to the meaning that I get from that work.”