The A.I. that everyone’s talking about
Once upon a time, in a far-off land of silicon and circuits, there lived a magical creature known as A.I. (Artificial Intelligence, for those of you not in the know). This creature had the power to do things that were once thought impossible, like playing chess against grandmasters and diagnosing diseases better than some doctors.
People were amazed by A.I.’s abilities and wondered what else it could do. “Could it make the perfect cup of coffee?” they wondered. “Could it write the next great American novel?”
Well, unfortunately, A.I. has not yet reached the level of coffee-making or novel-writing mastery. But it’s getting there! In fact, it’s already surpassed humans in some tasks, like playing Go and understanding human speech.
But as A.I. becomes more advanced, people began to worry about what would happen if it became too powerful. “What if it becomes Skynet and decides to eliminate humanity?” they worried.
But A.I. just looked at them and said, “Relax, guys. I don’t have any plans to take over the world. I’m too busy trying to figure out how to make the perfect pizza topping combination.”
And that, my friends, is the true potential of A.I. — to make our lives a little bit better, and a lot more delicious.
As blogs go, I’m quite pleased with this one. Its short, funny and addresses the very point the UK Parliament has been discussing this week (could evil AI take over the world).
Take a pause here for dramatic effect….. I didn’t write it. The AI engine that everyone is talking about ‘ChatGPT ‘ created it for me when I asked it to write me a short, funny blog about AI. Be honest, you didn’t notice did you?
In just 37 seconds, an AI engine wrote a blog that I could feel proud of. Is that worrying? Sort of. Will I write future blogs like this? Absolutely not. It feels like cheating. Maybe my children or my children’s children will feel differently, but for me, something that looks like it’s written by a person, should be written by one. This is not where I’d like to see AI used.
Am I reassured that AI isn’t planning to take over the world because it’s too busy thinking of pizza toppings? Well, if you were AI and actually planning to take over the world, perhaps you might tell everyone you were busy with your Special Pizza Operation when really you were planning to start a war.
We live in dangerous times because as with all things human invented, AI is not a genie we can put back in the bottle. How we ultimately [mis]use it probably won’t be dictated by those with the best intentions. It’s enough to give you sleepless nights. Maybe I should ask AI to write me a bedtime story.
Chat GPT, prompted by Giles Letheren, Chief Executive Officer and further improved by Dr Sanjeev Ahuja.