"We’re still very early when it comes to this new generation of generative
artificial intelligence, but I’ve noticed the content these tools creates
doesn’t really make any sort of lasting impact on you. Maybe the technology
isn’t good enough yet, maybe humans just instinctually can’t really form
emotional connections with content that wasn’t created by other humans. Who
knows. But I’ve easily seen thousands of A.I. images and screenshots of A.I.
text in the last six months and there’s really only three projects that I can
even remember off the top of my head — the A.I. My Chemical Romance song that
Tumblr invented, the fake Black Panther
prequel series promotional images,
and, of course, “muscle-man contest at the JFK assassination”.
I’ve also noticed that we’ve fallen into a curious pattern with how we react to
new developments in the space. First, OpenAI, the Microsoft-invested early
standout machine learning startup, releases something that blows up in a big
way. This happened with OpenAI’s image generator DALL-E 2 over the summer and
again with their text bot ChatGPT last month. Then a whole bunch of similar
projects, both paid and open source, flood the web afterwards. And, finally,
people panic about what this technology could mean for society until they just
sort of lose interest or give up."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics