My brain is a boat, filled with water and leaking. Such a strange image. I’m sure I could create a Dall-E, Dall-E2, or Midjourney generative AI image to depict this but I don’t know if I want to use some free credits for it. For now, I intend to muse on AI because I’m not sure how I feel.
Somedays, I think AI text generators (i.e., ChatGPT, Perplexity.ai...) are my new friend, mentor, educator, coworker and then I ask it a question. It spits out general information in a very clean/clear/sterile voice. I add text to clarify and its adds more generic but often commonly held views or ideas that people are using online which permeates everyday live conversations as more machine thinking shapes our minds. I know AI can hallucinate and even give biased or false information, but I like to know what is said on a topic and what the machine is culling about particular viewpoints and key terms from online.
I don’t want to use AI generators because I’ve spent years building my brain sectors of knowledge and experience. Now it seems like it won’t matter to anyone as efficiency and lowest common denominator thoughts are de rigueur. So what if I write a creative article for a website and even take into consideration SEO terms and phrasing that will push it to the top of searches. This is what many companies want if I write them an article, high search engine rankings, and who cares if there is creative insight, as long as it gets eyes which can lead to e-commerce earnings.
My one fleeting thought of hope came when Chat GPT poorly reviewed a story I was evaluating. I was elated, mentally jumping up, and thinking, yeah fucker, you’re not so smart. Then I read an article in Wired about book reviews and A.I. generators and this real person (Steven Levy) gave me hope again that my boatload of information and experiences wasn’t soon going obsolete (for now). A few quotable passages from the article were:
Is there hope that my perspectives will be listened to in the future? I don’t know. Will we all look to a machine to guide our thoughts in the future? Is it any different than a company, industry, school, government, or person shaping our way of talking and thinking? I don’t know, but my brain is filling with thoughts that will inevitably seep away and be replaced by something else. I can only hope some of my thoughts will jell into something meaningful and give me a sense of direction to better guide this human machine of molecules.
Tiff Graham (TiGra) experimenting with ideas