We dive into the world of AI and explore some of the backlash, misunderstandings, and over-hysteria surrounding this technology. Let's start by discussing the recent controversy surrounding CNET's use of AI and their decision to pause after facing backlash.
CNET used the byline CNET Money Staff, which caused many to question the authenticity of the content. Despite the pause, Buzzfeed is moving forward with the use of AI, but they are tempering their expectations and stating that AI producing content itself is decades away. This begs the question, is AI simply being used to flavor blogs and articles, or is it capable of full content creation?
Even academics have weighed in on the debate, with Noam Chomsky, founder of modern linguistics, stating that AI is "Basically High-Tech Plagiarism" and "a Way of Avoiding Learning." This raises concerns about the ethical implications of using AI to create content and whether it could be considered cheating.
On the other hand, there are those who are embracing AI, such as Ammaar Reshi, who self-published a children's book on Amazon's digital bookstore using AI technology. Reshi received significant backlash and vitriol from critics, with some even calling him "scum" and "hateful."
In the education sector, there is a growing interest in incorporating AI into teaching. At Phoenix College, for example, a recent meeting on AI revealed that most participants were curious about the potential of AI and its use as a teaching partner. However, there are concerns about students utilizing AI for coursework and the potential for cheating.
Finally, there are broader concerns about the impact of AI on job loss and wealth inequality. According to The Guardian, US experts warn of great job loss and a widening of wealth inequality. These concerns highlight the need for a nuanced approach to the use of AI and its potential impact on society.
Overall, the debate surrounding AI is complex and multifaceted, and it is important to consider the potential benefits and drawbacks of this technology. Join us next time as we continue to explore the world of AI and its impact on society.