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It is time now that I opine on society’s use of artificial intelligence. It does seem to be analogous to the public’s awareness of the nuclear bomb. A.I. is raising the hair on the backs of tech giants and has caused the publishing of a public letter requesting the A.I. training and research be paused for 6 months. This seems wildly ridiculous. It is my opinion that if the good people of the world stop A.I., the bad people will continue it. I don’t see A.I. becoming aware of itself and replacing humanity. But, this fear of A.I. has not been clearly identified and/or shared with the general lay public. I am most certainly not the expert within this context. I do however, have great hopes that some form of A.I. remains to be shared with the public.
I actually use the OpenAI playground almost daily because I pride myself on the continuous education or neural-network training of my own brain. I used it to find this letter calling for the pause of A.I. network training and research. Here’s a link to the actual letter published March 22, 2023. https://futureoflife.org/open-letter/pause-giant-ai-experiments/ . Now, it’s time for me to read it myself. I don’t share the general concern that A.I. will [replace] humanity but I can see that A.I. could [harm] humanity. I will keep my opinion until someone proves that an A.I. network product can pass the test of Alan Mathison Turing .
I asked the OpenAI playground: What is the Turing test?
And she replied, “The Turing test is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit human-like behavior. It was proposed by Alan Turing in 1950 to assess the success of a computer in exhibiting behavior indistinguishable from that of a human. The test involves a human judge engaging in a natural language conversation with two other parties, one a human and the other an artificially intelligent machine. If the judge cannot reliably tell which is which, then the machine is said to have passed the Turing test.”
After reading the letter above signed by Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, Grady Booch, Eugene Ciurana (I know him!), Apple’s CEO, and more, I signed too. I believe we need collective oversight more than regulation. I don’t think society really understands how powerful this all can be.