The Looming Artificial Intelligence Crisis – Crisis Magazine

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We may well be at the stage where we will need to advertise “100% human-made” in a “post-human,” twisted version of “non-GMO.”

From a student essay on the topic of artificial intelligence:

Artificial intelligence (AI) and ChatGPT are two technologies that have been rapidly advancing in recent years and have garnered much attention in both academic and popular spheres. While both have the potential to bring about significant benefits and improvements in various fields, they also come with their own set of dangers and limitations. In this essay, we will explore the benefits and dangers of AI and ChatGPT from a Catholic worldview, examining the potential impacts and implications of these technologies through the lens of Catholic teaching and values.

One of the main benefits of AI from a Catholic perspective is its potential to alleviate suffering and improve the lives of people. AI algorithms can analyze large amounts of data and make decisions faster than humans, making it particularly useful in fields such as healthcare. For instance, AI algorithms can analyze patient data and help doctors make more accurate diagnoses, leading to better patient outcomes and reducing suffering. Similarly, AI can be used in agriculture and other industries to improve efficiency and increase the availability of resources, which can help to reduce poverty and improve the lives of people.

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Another benefit of AI from a Catholic perspective is its ability to handle repetitive tasks, freeing up humans to focus on more creative and complex work. This can lead to increased productivity and efficiency in the workplace, as well as a better work-life balance for employees. In the Catholic tradition, work is seen as a way to participate in God’s creative activity and to contribute to the common good, and so technologies that enable humans to work more efficiently and effectively can be seen as a positive development.

However, there are also several dangers to consider. One of the main concerns is the potential for job displacement. As AI algorithms become more advanced, there is a risk that they may replace human workers in various industries. This could lead to significant job losses and exacerbate economic inequality. In the Catholic tradition, work is seen as a fundamental aspect of human dignity and a means of providing for oneself and one’s family, and so technologies that threaten the availability of work can be seen as a danger. It is important to address this issue by developing strategies to mitigate any negative effects on employment and to ensure that the benefits of AI are shared fairly.

Another is the potential for biased outcomes. If the data used to train an AI algorithm is biased, the algorithm may also be biased in its decision-making. This can have serious consequences, particularly in fields such as criminal justice, where biased AI algorithms could result in unfair sentences or other forms of discrimination. In the Catholic tradition, the principle of justice is central, and so technologies that perpetuate or exacerbate injustice can be seen as a danger. It is important to address this issue by carefully selecting the data used to train AI algorithms and by implementing measures to ensure that the algorithms are not biased.

ChatGPT is a chatbot developed by OpenAI that uses natural language processing (NLP) to generate human-like responses to user input…

Full disclosure: This “student essay” (which continues for five more paragraphs) in this case was “written” by AI in less than a minute (OpenAI and AI Paraphrasers). 

The Looming Artificial Intelligence Crisis – Crisis Magazine

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