Human Panic Diary
Updated: Jun 30
On March 14th, before class, my teacher jokingly said, "Today is Einstein's birthday." At that moment, I thought of it as the day when a brilliant mind was born. Little did I know that on that very same day, GPT-4 was released. Within the next 24 hours, it quickly caused a sensation. It seemed as if overnight, everyone was discussing a new round of AI revolution. And when I tried to divert my attention from this anxiety, I found that the top three articles recommended by WeChat's "Moments" were all about GPT4. My daily life seems to be unable to get rid of the keywords related to AI. All the headlines were very aggressive: "ChatGPT upgraded!", "GPT-4 shocking release!", "GPT-4 crowned as king!"... One of them even showed that 105 of my friends had read it.
Because someone joked that this was "the end of humanity," I decided to record this historic "event" with a picture. I took a screenshot of every WeChat moment related to GPT4 shared by my friends that I saw when I woke up that day, and there were a total of 12 of them.
Although I have always been a person who habitually "interacts with AI tools" and "actively learns about AI progress", and I have not joined the ranks of those who think "AI will replace humans" negatively, I still feel anxious about the updates of AI system time and time again.
As Kevin Kelly mentioned in an interview, "In the short term, AI is overhyped. But in the long run, I think AI is underestimated." I have always believed that this is just the beginning, and we are at a turning point in history, and the great changes have just begun.
What really worries me is not whether it will "take away our jobs," but that any legislation related to artificial intelligence technology will be difficult to keep up with the pace of its development. During this time, there will be many fuzzy gray areas.
This crisis, as mentioned by Greene, a researcher at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, "If you believe that this technology has the potential to be transformative, then I think you have to be nervous about it."
Technical tools, like a black box, have infinite potential as well as countless dangers, which is the research direction that interests me. In the next few months, I will tell my story with AI through blog posts and art archives.
JO, A. (2023). THE PROMISE AND PERIL OF GENERATIVE AI. Nature, 614.