smeezledeezle t1_jaeeobo wrote

In what way are touch screens the same as advanced artificial intelligence systems? You talk about these things like they're the same.

For one, it took my mom way longer to figure out touch screens than Chat GPI. She still doesn't fully know how to use a computer, but can generate emails and copy for her business.

This is not just another technological advancement that the old geezers can't get behind because they just can't accept new things. This is a vastly unique advancement whose role in society depends greatly on how we view it, use it, control it.

It's also weird to me that you imagine that people complaining on the internet is in some way "cock blocking technological growth". We're not doing anything or even having a meaningful effect. The people working on these systems in their labs are going to do so irregardless of what you or I post in r/Futurology.

If what you really mean to complain about is the people threatening legal action due to theft of intellectual property, or one of the many other problems that has emerged from AI, then what I'm hearing is that you just want any and all dissent to be silenced, for everyone to admit they're wrong and dumb and that this is universally a good thing that they just don't understand. To that, I have to question if you really understand how either people or the technology work.

What would you say to the family of the person who was struck and killed by a self-driving car? To an underage girl having pornography generated of her and circulated on the internet? To someone who lost their job and can no longer support their family? That it doesn't matter? At that point, who is the technology actually meant to serve?

People complain about AI technology and the problems it creates because problems are worth thinking about and solving. Sometimes you need to be able to look at people's emotional reactions as symptomatic of real institutional and technological hurdles that are worth examining. If a person comes to you explaining that they're afraid and your emotional reaction is to make a post worded the way you worded yours, then I'd be scared not just of the technology but the people touting it too.

The effects of this are massive, and likely irreversible. It affects everyone, and for this technology there might not be a curve for testing, adaptation, integration, or analysis like there has been for other advancements. The future is not a singular, defined entity. Progress is not a religion to believe in blindly. We need to think and feel collaboratively.

People like you and me have one really important thing in common: we are largely powerless and uninformed. No matter how much we read about this, how enthusiastic or angry we get about AI, we are only working with maybe 1% of the real and crucial information that will determine the course of history, and we have even less power to direct it. I think that's worth some trepidation, even if our hesitations will be made obsolete. If you're so confident in your vision of the future, then I don't see what threat the dissenters have to it anyway.