I saw a post from one of my friends. She’s a content writer.
She saw some sentences written by GPT-3 and said that she’s scared.
I told her that it’s not like that and sentences generated by GPT need to be structured otherwise they don’t make that much sense.
Although I convinced her but deep inside, I was concerned.
Some days ago, a person posted articles generated by GPT on Reddit and no one was able to detect that he’s using GPT to write those articles.
Except for one person, who figured it out but he was heavily downvoted for saying that and was accused of being disrespectful towards the author.
Again I was concerned.
Let’s see why?
Is AI something that we should be afraid of?
If you say, yes, I’d disagree.
If you say no, I’d again disagree.
But still, there are some important concerns about what our future would look like.
Age of Disinformation
We live in an age of disinformation.
Rumors, fake news, and a lot of bad things are already there. We have witnessed mass events of unrest due to these and we are continuing to do.
Regimes around the world use fake facts and figures to emphasize and support their point of view and use it to suppress the opposing voices everywhere.
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And this all is happening with not-so-sophisticated technologies and tools.
What if the same protagonists start using the AI to fuel their propaganda?
Who’ll be responsible for this?
Again, we are seeing mass surveillance programs by countries around the world. Be it their own citizens or not, they are using AI to even collect the most private details of a person.
Some countries are even said to be working on programs that are able to predict the ‘crime’ or ‘behavior’ of a person. It’s not that simple as it’s preached.
Every country has got a separate definition of ‘crime’ and in most cases, those definitions are used to persecute citizens who are protesting for their rights.
What if we live in a world where you can’t even think of protesting for your own rights?
Sounds scary, right?
If you have been following AI news for a while, you might have seen and heard a lot about deep fakes. They have been around for some years and are one of the most concerning things AI has made possible.
Deepfakes are actually synthetic videos and images in which an existing image or video has been used and the likeness of the person in the video replaced by something else.
Although faking is not a new thing in the tech world, but deep fakes leverage the power of sophisticated AI and Machine learning algorithms to mimic the behavior and actions of a person.
Just think how scary it could be for the world if two countries who are in a cold war with each other get someone from their leadership’s deep fake generated with some fiery words against the other party?
Loss of jobs
The most concerning thing that is also stressed a lot by AI leaders is the excessive automation that’ll be the ultimate result of once AI starts disrupting every industry.
Loss of the jobs for workers who are in roles that involve repetitive work is the imminent result of this revolution. Thousands in the workforce will be jobless in no time and we don’t have any immediate solution for that.
You see due to the present pandemic situation and overall economic condition of the world, we are already witnessing the highest unemployment rates throughout the world.
What if AI adds more to this? Are we prepared for it?
Since AI allows scripts and programs to predict different things, it is already being used to avoid cyber attacks and is helping companies and organizations solve their security-related problems.
On the other hand, since AI gives the hacking programs and scripts the power to self-improve and adapt to different behaviors, it’s predicted that in the coming years, hacking backed by AI would be one of the major concerns.
Hackers can write scripts that monitor websites and then those scripts can trigger themselves using some AI algorithms and attack websites using different techniques like phishing, SQL injection, and others.
Do you think hacking using AI would be a major problem in the future?
AI and the 4th Industrial Revolution is the biggest opportunity in human history and it’s said to disrupt every walk of human life. It’ll help the world to solve most of the challenging problems related to vice, poverty, and disease harnessing the power of AI. We will be able to have a better and comfortable lifestyle.
Everywhere around us, there’d be self-driving cars, IoT devices, drones, and exciting things. But at the same time, it’ll be one of the biggest challenges for us to face the above challenges and many more which are unknown to us today.
Now, do you think should we be afraid of AI or still embrace it?
Would we be really able to solve the problems around us as we are expecting?
Would we be able to finally have a better world for everyone that’s based on the principles of quality, justice, and pluralism?
These and hundreds of such questions remain unanswered.
No one knows the answer. Neither you, me, and AI leaders.
Are we at the mercy of AI now?
Think about it!