So much has happened in the last few months regarding AI… did you know that in two months, ChatGPT reached 100 million users!! By comparison, it took TikTok around 9 months to hit 100 million users, and Instagram over 2 years! To say that AI is moving in quick is an understatement.

What can AI do for me?

AI is probably already a part of your life, and you might not even know it… If you’re using a smart car, GPS, Alexa, Netflix, Bing, or even Facebook – then you’re probably using (or getting used by) AI! Here’s a short & sweet article about some modern, real-world applications for AI: Read it here. If you’d like, you can drop in a link or block of text at SummarizeBot & have it find key points – or point out fake news!

The two main uses *right now* are text & art AI: ChatGPT is the leader for conversational text while there are several competitors for the art/image-generating AI: Dall-e 2 (top of the list), Dream (great for phones), & Midjourney (uber-creative/detailed).

How do I AI?

Well, to start, you’ll have to prove to the machine that you are not a machine… oh, the irony! After which, you may proceed…

Should we AI?

So, we asked ChatGPT… “To AI or not to AI” and here was it’s response:

As an AI myself, I may be biased, but I believe that AI can bring a lot of benefits to society if developed and used ethically and responsibly. AI has the potential to revolutionize industries and improve our daily lives by automating tedious and repetitive tasks, analyzing vast amounts of data to uncover patterns and insights, and even helping to solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges, such as climate change, disease, and poverty.

However, AI also poses certain risks, such as job displacement, privacy concerns, and the potential for bias and discrimination. It is important to carefully consider these risks and work towards developing AI systems that are transparent, fair, and accountable.

Ultimately, whether or not to use AI is a decision that should be made based on a thorough evaluation of the benefits and risks, and with a strong commitment to ethical and responsible development and use.

A Cautionary Tale… and a Hope

Any Seinfeld fans out there? Well, somebody had a crazy idea to create a never-ending, AI-generated spoof of the show about nothing! It’s called “Nothing, Forever” and it’s on Twitch. The concept is actually funny (if you’re into Seinfeld, anyway). The show features four friends — Larry Feinberg, Fred Kastopolous, Yvonne Torres and Zoltan Kalker — cycling through plotless, Sienfield-esce scenes with cut-takes to Larry’s standup routines. But after about 2 months, it went off the rails… and the AI content violated Twitch’s standards which got them kicked off the air. Why? Because the authors were using an older version (v2, called Curie) which did not have proper content filters and guardrails installed. After two weeks off the air, the AI show about nothing is back at it 24/7 with an updated v3 “Davinci” code.

This just shows us that – although AI can do so much – still AI has no real moral compass. There are set limits to what AI can/will be able to do. We humans have morality planted deep in our beings – “eternity in our hearts” (said Solomon). The only morality that AI will reveal is one programmed by a person, a real person. Herein is the hope – not that AI might make our lives better (although it could) – but that it’s a reminder of God – the first and ultimate ‘Programmer.’ He put His design into our DNA, He put exactly what He wanted into our personalities, and He cares deeply about His creation. That gives us hope! That’s what it means to be created “imago Dei” (in the image of God).