Artificial Intelligence: friend or foe? –
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Artificial intelligence, commonly referred to as artificial intelligence, has been one of the hottest topics of conversation in the past year. From the introduction of ChatGPT to the discourse on the ethics of user-generated content, the doors to the world of AI have opened for everyone, but how much damage will this cause?
Although AI has received a lot of attention in the past year, it has actually been around for many decades; In fact, its first presentation was at a conference in 1956 Dartmouth College. However, AI would not be available to the public through arcade games until the late 1970s.
Popular arcade games, like “Space Invaders” or “PacMan” that we think of as using the underlying technology, were actually using artificial intelligence even back then, to create patterns that the player could operate from. This level of AI would be nothing compared to the sophistication used by non-playable characters (NPCs) today in the world of video games.
Even in hospitals, many of the machines used by doctors include artificial intelligence in their coding in order to speed up the diagnostic process for human doctors.
As one can see, we have been using AI for many years, so why is it so important now?
Compared to the ways in which AI was used before, it is now more accessible for the general public to use. Previously, one had to be a video game developer or software engineer to have access to artificial intelligence, or even have the knowledge to operate it. Now, all that is required is an internet connection.
Online, anyone can access generative websites like ChatGPT. Websites like ChatGPT allow users to enter a few keywords, and depending on the functionality of the site, the AI will deliver a perfectly written paper, an artistic image, or even have a conversation with you as if it were another human.
On the one hand, one can see the ease of access to AI as a positive. For example, let’s say you’ve written an essay for a class and you want to make sure there are no grammatical errors, and that the words flow naturally. Some AI sites can do this task for you. He won’t write original work for you, but he will make sure your work looks its best.
However, there are cases where easy access to AI can be detrimental. Recently, sexually explicit images of Taylor Swift were created using artificial intelligence and spread all over social media. This sparked a huge outcry as people pointed out that horrific images of anyone could be created by artificial intelligence.
The idea that someone could create a fake photo that looks realistic to you is especially horrifying when you consider how easy it is for someone to make inappropriate fake photos about someone as a form of revenge.
Some images of AI look so realistic that it can be difficult for a person to tell that the AI’s image of itself is wrong. Likewise, artificial intelligence is also being used to imitate people’s voices. I’ve heard countless “AI covers” on TikTok where someone takes a song and makes it sound like another artist is singing it.
In fact, “AI covers” have become a big problem for artists World music group TikTok has decided to remove music from all its artists from TikTok due to the number of false songs created using the voices of its artists.
While this choice may seem like the safest option for artists, several independent artists signed under Universal Music Group’s smaller labels have come out on TikTok and expressed their frustration with the decision since many artists gain traction through TikTok.
This concern is related to another fear surrounding the rapid growth of artificial intelligence, which is the fear of job displacement.
Many people worry that artificial intelligence will become advanced enough to replace people’s jobs, and even the jobs of creative artists.
For many years, people have feared that robots or computers would replace jobs that involve packaging products, scanning code for errors, or other technical jobs in this way. However, there has never been more fear that jobs in the arts will be replaced by artificial intelligence.
While I believe there are many reasons to be concerned about the possibility of this happening in the future; I think that right now, AI is still no match for artists.
I have personally tested ChatGPT’s writing ability, and found that everything it writes appears automated, ironically, generated by artificial intelligence. For the most part, artistic images generated on AI websites also appear to have the same kind of blurs and filters that make it clear they were created by AI.
Although AI has been around for many years, it is now a common virtual tool like Google; It may take a few years to see how AI will continue to impact society in the future.
Would it be safe to restrict AI use from free access online, or would that constitute censorship? Will AI continue to serve as a tool to help artists, or will it become a destroyer of creativity? Only time will tell what our future holds.