Kevin Frazier, man. This dude is an Assistant Professor at the Crump College of Law at St. Thomas University. He’s got some serious cred, too. Like, he used to clerk for the Montana Supreme Court. So you know he’s smart.
But here’s the thing, man. New AI tools, like ChatGPT, are shaking things up. They’re threatening that whole process of finding the right words. I mean, as I’m typing this, my phone is offering up suggestions, guiding my words without me even realizing it. It’s convenient, sure. But is it worth it?
These AI tools are supposed to save us time and reduce typos. And maybe they even help us communicate better by making sure we all use the same phrases. But here’s the scary part, man. AI tools might start taking over our critical thinking in other areas, too. Like politics. Imagine engaging with AI chatbots that mimic political candidates. They could try to persuade you to vote a certain way without even leaving their virtual headquarters. It’s like skipping the whole process of meeting candidates in person at the Iowa State Fair.
And it’s not just politics, man. AI tools have already been shaping the news we read and the comments we see on social media for years. They’re even taking over “boring” parts of jobs, like legal research for lawyers using ChatGPT. But here’s the thing, convenience always comes at a cost.
We gotta ask ourselves, what are we willing to give up for a little more convenience? If we don’t identify the things that make us human, AI might start taking over those things too. And that’s what they call “enfeeblement” in the AI safety space. I call it a loss of our humanity.
So we gotta be proactive, man. We gotta declare what we consider fundamentally human endeavors. We can’t let convenience take that away from us. I can’t list all those endeavors right now, but I wanna start a conversation about it. We gotta figure out the spaces where we want to remain AI-free, or at least limit AI to the fullest extent possible.
And with the upcoming 2024 election, it makes sense to start that conversation in the realm of democratic activities. Should candidates be allowed to use AI chatbots to impersonate them? And if they do, should they have to let people know it’s not actually them? Can political parties use AI tools to tailor ads specifically to you based on all the data they’ve collected about you? I got my own answers to these questions, but I wanna know yours, man.
We gotta debate this stuff, man. We gotta figure out what makes us who we are if we wanna protect ourselves from the dangers of convenience. We gotta create norms, regulations, and laws that shield our fundamental human endeavors. So tell me, what would you declare as “AI Exclusionary Zones” and why? Let’s make sure convenience doesn’t conquer everything.