But It's So Useful!
As an Engineer - I only hate the vapid nature of the term "Artificial Intelligence" and all the inherent 'pseudo intellectual sciolism' of consumer opinion about it. That's the most annoying aspect of all Information Technology users - the arrogant ignorance of never reading the 'bleeping' manual - then pretending to know.
Right there with you. I'm to the point that when the topic comes up, as it always does, I pinch the bridge of my nose and take a deep breath. It is so useful. I love your conclusion:
"And that’s the key that I hope you take away today; that we remain curious, that we stop believing we know the full system, and that we constantly shift our perspectives to ensure we fully account for all the implications.
That’s the foundation of Systems Thinking and it’s also what I believe to be the solution to stemming any apocalyptic ending to AI. There’s so much potential, it’d be a shame to lose our humanity."
I don’t have a strong opinion on AI being “friend or foe” at this time, but I am always reminded of a particular quote from the Matrix:
“Which is why the Matrix was redesigned to this, the peak of your civilization. I say your civilization because as soon as we started thinking for you it really became our civilization which is of course what this is all about.”
Good or bad, I think this quote nails it. Once AI begins thinking (truly thinking) for us, it’s no longer our civilization at all.
I'm tending to agree with this assessment. I've loved reading these essays because it really does help me understand humans better but then I just get frustrated at all the noise out there with so little introspection of who we are! It gets exhausting so I feel your frustration.
I have unsubscribed as I do not need anyone else to further preach soulkilling AI.
I have tended to approach this similarly more and more over time: my job isn't to draw conclusions for folks, but instead to encourage folks to ask their own questions. AI is such a great use-case for this!
But of course, I don't have answers to the truly big questions. Maybe together, we can all figure them out, one by one. That's why we're here.