What Free Speech and Fake News have in Common

“It’s hard to fathom how much human-level AI could benefit society, and it’s equally hard to imagine how much it could damage society if built or used incorrectly.” statement by OpenAI

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We brought this on ourselves. We didn’t realize what we were doing. It was so convenient to have all these apps telling us what to do, all that information at our fingertips, never getting lost on a trip across town. So much fun to play all those video games.

For years, we passively gave up our data to men who built empires of unimaginable wealth and power out of our hopes and fears, our mental and physical health, and our basest desires to own the latest cool products.

But now we do know. Or we sure better start finding out. I will be writing an essay about those in the younger generation who are fighting this battle. It just takes time to gather their voices.

I have a sense of urgency in putting this information out there, so that people can at least arm themselves with knowledge.

Which is why I’m now harping on ChatGPT.

ChatGPT recently went viral for its ability to do everything from code to write essays. The AI company is now backed by Microsoft.

When you ask ChatGPT a question, it comes up with a nuanced answer. Like this:

The far-reaching implications of ChatGPT need to be understood. There is always a dark side to innovation and humans haven’t proved very good at circumventing it.

OpenAI is the company behind ChatGPT. Below is an overview based on information I found here:

  • 2015: Elon Musk and former Y Combinator president Sam Altman cofounded OpenAI. Along with other entrepreneurs like Peter Thiel and LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, they aimed to develop artificial intelligence “in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole.”
  • In 2014, Stephen Hawking warned that artificial intelligence could end mankind. Musk himself has talked of the threats AI poses to humanity.
  • In 2018, three years after helping found the company, Musk resigned from OpenAI’s board of directors.
  • In 2019, the company built an AI tool that could craft fake news stories.
  • At first, OpenAI said the bot was so good at writing fake news that they decided not to release it. Later that year, the company released a version of the AI tool as GPT-2.
  • The company released another chatbot called GPT-3 in 2020.
  • In 2020, Musk said on Twitter that his confidence in the company was “not high” when it came to safety.

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