You’re Afraid of AI for All the Wrong Reasons

Stories about intelligent machines painting masterpieces and gaining sentience distract from the very real problems with the systems.
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Artificial intelligence. It’s in your headlines and on your social media feed. AIs like Midjourney and DALL-E have filled my Twitter feed with algorithmically generated nightmare images of Tony Soprano as a Roman emperor and Big Bird participating in the January 6 riots.

At the same time, the press has become enamored with the story of Blake Lemoine, a Google engineer who the company let go after Lemoine insisted the LaMDA chatbot was sentient. Are we at the beginning of the AI apocalypse? Have our machines finally become sentient?

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Simply: no. And conversations about AI outpacing human artists and chatbots becoming sentient are part of a tired news cycle around AI. They also mask the actual dangers of the technology we should be watching out for.

On this episode of Cyber, Motherboard Senior Editor Janus Rose walks us through the real and imagined terrors of Artificial Intelligence.

Stories discussed on this week’s episode:

Technologists Are Using AI to ‘Expand’ Famous Works of Art

Google's AI Isn’t Sentient, But It Is Biased and Terrible

The AI That Draws What You Type Is Very Racist, Shocking No One

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