It seems you can’t turn on a news program or read a newspaper without getting another story about A.I. How it’s the greatest thing, the best thing, the smartest thing, the worst thing, the most dangerous thing, and every other variation.
I’m all for technological improvements but it seems we as a society don’t know how to adopt a new thing without going all in with no clear idea of what we’re doing when what we need is careful consideration of what potential ramifications might develop. Now there are deep fakes in video, pictures, news stories, audio podcasts, and even whole documentary photo stories being made about the plight of fake people.
What happens when criminals get ahold of this technology? What about hackers who could use it to circumvent security systems and use it to help with identity theft? There’re already criminal cases of child pornography being created with A.I.
When will we say, “Enough?” When will too much be too much? Once this new “intelligence” takes away jobs, takes away all trustworthiness in pictures and sounds, and perhaps even decides to launch weapons of war?
I’m for H.I. Human intelligence. I’m for making my own decisions and not having a computer guide my every move and deliver what it decides I want. I won’t watch movies written by computers. I don’t want to see your illustrative art composite that’s trying awfully hard to look like a photograph.
I’ve said many times that film photographers are going to be in demand for their ability to make a photograph that can prove it wasn’t faked. That’s coming.
I suspect there could be a lessening of the grip of the internet on our lives in the future if it ends up turning off people to the point that we want a “Revenge of Analog.” We need something real.
Non-online but in-person time spent with friends.
Actual meals together. (There’s been a slow-food movement for decades.)
More vinyl records–there’s already a resurgence happening.
More printed books. E-reader devices didn’t kill off the bookstores which are going strong.
An actual photographic print, the kind that doesn’t need electricity to view, as the principal decor of our homes.
Meeting people we don’t know and saying hello.
There’s a point where things outlive their usefulness and the novelty wears off. Already I know of many friends who don’t check email constantly, don’t use their phones as much as they previously did, and keep their phones out of sight at meals with family and friends.
Technology is moving so fast, it’s going the pace of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?–the game show that aired so many nights a week until it became ovesaturated and the ratings plummeted.
Will A.I. cause the internet to finally jump the shark?
And bring H.I intelligence back to the forefront of importance? Perhaps with H.I., we can finally address society’s ills and join together to end racism, discrimination, gun violence, hunger, human suffereing, mental illness, inequality in pay, and unfair, non-living wages. You know, finally work to raise everybody up and make the world the best it can be.
It will take H.I.–real thinkers–to accomplish that. Not a computer model.
I’m making plans to leave my phone at home more, turn my computer off unless I have actual work to do, and read actual books, play board games, and spend my time creating photographs and writing. I don’t want to live in front of a screen, especially one that’s just feeding on elements it finds online and spitting out combinations that its algorithms things will appeal to me.
These computer models might think they’re smart, but I’m smarter than that.
Keep your A.I. Give me H.I.
I recently read ‘Stolen Flow’, by Johann Hari. He talks about the difficulties in finding flow in our lives. Part of the reason is the constant interruptions by email, social media notifications, and a million other things. Every time we switch tasks, there’s an energy cost. Studies show the average office worker rarely gets more than a few minutes before an interruption. No wonder people are exhausted by the end of the day.
How does H.I. work? By getting involved in whatever the current thing is, working the details, finding the flow, getting in the groove, which lets us tap into our innate creativity. An A.I. will never be able to do that.
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Great points of view on social communications and AI. I really hate to have a conversation with people when they are deep in their phones rolling the TT or the IG. The new generation (Z) cant concentrate themselves for even 15sec of the reel of the stories. I dont talk anymore about the documentary talking heads movies. If these movies are not full of fast effects and 5-10 seconds cuts, no one will watch them. It became less about information but more about the effects and the fast changes of nothing. And its tight not only about the last generations but also about X (like me) and Millennials.
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Thanks, Victor. Completely agree.
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