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Apr 17, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

I really don’t see how “government must be involved” works..in any arms race, and this is just that, there is no stoppering of the bottle once the cork is loosened..the better question is around social justice and whether society shifts values from self interested greed wrapped up in religion and capitalism and balances things for everyone..this is stepping into what formerly was science fiction lore, and I don’t think most of us are equipped to predict or judge at this point..governments only react..so I fear things will inevitably go awry

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Apr 17, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

it is inevitable and we all know it

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THIS is a 'hackers' dream - once we all rely on 'computer type' intelligence - hackers can learn to 'get into banking systems etc. Armageddon is going to happen in every facet of our lives - what is secure, what can you trust, is the truth really truth - living in the back country chopping wood sounds more secure to me than what is about to become a part of our lives in populated areas.

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hope that doesn't happen

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Apr 18, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

Yes, so many aspects of our lives will be affected. As mentioned in one of the comments below, just how disruptive could AI impact financial markets, the banking system and big government. This is scary stuff and the future for our children and grand children are seriously at risk. Climate change is a concern which takes time to materialize, AI could cause great damage so quickly.

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By a pleasing coincidence, along with your email was another informing me: “Dear Charles.….we have introduced a new Dedicated Remote Paralegal model that I believe would be a perfect fit for your law firm…trustworthy and experienced (!!!, my emphasis) paralegal support without having to pay….” Oh, if only the human drafting this solicitation had also been AI, it might have discovered in advance that I don’t have a law firm.

Bravo to Cornell for such precision that those authors feel able to provide exact percentages by which AI will muscle in on so many ‘white collar’ occupations, many of which were already identified by the late great David Graeber - (who was so un-robot-like that Yale felt obliged to fire him) - in his book “Bullshit Jobs.”

It’s not even noon here In LA but I feel the need to celebrate with Jack Daniels the belated revolution implicit in the finding that most of the jobs not currently AI-able are blue-collar, so victory to the Luddites after 300 years, even if many of them did get transported to Australia.

I have long known than ‘my’ handyman Esteban can accomplish tasks far beyond me, though in a sense I am his AI because I can handle paperwork; but if AI makes me redundant, who will be able to pay Esteban? If Eliezer Yudkowsky is right and AI is going to kill us, their collective inability to tie their own shoelaces let alone fix the roof is what is going to kill them. Can we make them smart enough to realize this before they apocalypse us?

You say: “Clearly, governments must get involved by imposing standards and safety measures for all GPTs” Well, yeah, but how? We may be the most lethal entities yet produced in the universe, but I (and more importantly Yudkowsky and his ilk) seriously doubt we are up to that task because we already don’t know what is going on in their ‘brains.’ With a bit of luck, they don't yet know what is going on in our brains; we really need those standards and safety measures before they find out.

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My second thought was the return to 'hard copies' sent in the mail - faxing info - bypassing the computer which can still be used as a typewriter-printer - banks also will have to go to manual which - I'm laughing - will slow us down BUT it will be safer?

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