Should AI labs hit pause?

ChatGPT’s pronouns

In the March 30 Daily Skimm, I read:

“An open letter called on artificial intelligence labs to hit pause on advanced AI projects for six months. More than 1,000 researchers, tech experts, and others signed the letter — including Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. They warned companies are creating AI tech so fast and aren’t thinking about the potential consequences. Now, tech leaders are saying that anything smarter than GPT-4 (aka ChatGPT’s newest sibling) may “pose profound risks to society and humanity.”

I’m getting “Black Mirror” flashbacks…

“It’s not the first time experts have raised alarms. While chatbots like ChatGPT have helped people write everything from essays to computer code, they’ve also been linked to disinformation, phishing, and other types of cybercrime. Companies like GoogleMicrosoft, and Snapchat have been rushing to create chatbots that flex their own AI algorithms. It’s got many worried advanced AI could lead to a faster spread of disinformation and that bots could coax people’s behavior.

Can it be stopped?

“Maybe ChatGPT can answer that question.”

I HAD to ask

So, like the lazy blogger I am, I asked it or them or whatever ChatGPT is, “Should artificial intelligence labs hit pause on advanced AI projects for six months?”

“As an AI language model, I do not have opinions or personal beliefs, but I can provide information on this topic.

“There is ongoing debate in the AI community about the risks and benefits of advanced AI development, and whether it is necessary to pause or slow down AI projects. Some researchers and experts have called for a temporary pause on certain AI research in order to ensure that ethical considerations and potential risks are adequately addressed. Others argue that AI development should continue, but with a focus on developing safe and beneficial AI systems.

On one hand…

“One reason for the call to pause AI research is the potential for unintended consequences, including the risk that AI systems could be developed with biases or could be used to create autonomous weapons. Another concern is the risk of job displacement and other economic impacts as AI systems become more advanced.

“However, there are also arguments in favor of continuing AI development, including the potential benefits that AI systems could bring to society in terms of increased efficiency, productivity, and quality of life. Furthermore, some experts argue that it is not feasible or desirable to pause AI development, as other countries or organizations may continue to push forward with research and development.

“In summary, whether AI labs should hit pause on advanced AI projects for six months is a complex and nuanced question, and there are valid arguments on both sides. Ultimately, the decision will depend on a range of factors, including the goals of individual organizations, the ethical considerations involved, and the potential risks and benefits of AI development.”

Since I brought it up

Because I wanted to know, I asked, “What are ChatGPT’s prnouns?” Yes, I put in the typo, which I noticed right away.

“As an AI language model, I do not have gender or personal pronouns. You can refer to me as “it”. My purpose is to assist with answering questions and providing information to the best of my knowledge based on the data I was trained on. If you have any questions or need assistance with anything else, feel free to ask!”

I was interested in how Grammarly would feel about ChatGPT’s word choices. Grammarly likes articles: “an ongoing debate”  It prefers “regarding” to “in terms of” and “various” instead of “a range of.” “In order to” should be “to.” It eliminates the second of the “could be” references. Also, it axed “to pause AI development” in the penultimate paragraph as redundant.

I’ve now had a bot check the work of a bot. This is getting too meta for me.

December Questions for Sunday Stealing

french revolution

December questionsHere are some December Questions for Sunday Stealing.

1. My plans for December 

I’m happy that the church choir is singing in person again regularly. We did sing in late 2021, but it was sporadic; half the choir sang one week, then just the soloists, then the other half, then the soloists. It wasn’t easy to get a musical rhythm. We all did sing on Christmas Eve.

2. How energized I feel at this point in the year. 

It’s cold, and it’s darker for longer. But it’s not awful.

3. The best things about the holiday season 

Music. Singing it, listening to it. BTW, my bud fillyjonk linked to a great piece by the Monkees!

4. Something that changed my perspective on life 

The whole year has been a series of Plan B moments.

5. What I seem to get the most comments about 

Evidently, I am a very expressive singer. Even strangers have commented on it. 

6. The changes I’ve made to my style 

I have no style. Or, more correctly, I don’t care about style to be concerned enough to change it.

7. What gets in the way of my success 


The fourth estate

8. News sources I trust the most 

I look at LOTS of sources, even ones I don’t particularly trust. It helps inform me how people with different, even, IMO bizarre, thoughts about the world get their ideas. 

9. Fictional characters that would easily fit into my life 

I thought that certain iterations of Peter Parker, the seeming schlub who is unappreciated, would be a friend.

10. My relationship with spirituality 

You’re almost certainly wrong if you think you’ve got it figured out. Mainline churches have liturgies that repeat every three years because one should be taking something new from the stories.

Of course, in my Bible group, we often comment that we’d like to see our pastors tackle some particularly odious passages. We’re in the middle of 2 Kings, some ferocious stuff. 

11. How I feel when I’m being retrospective 

Depends. Sometimes it is with great appreciation that I have good friends, some of whom I’ve known for half a century or longer. Other times it is with regret that I didn’t deal with someone better. 

Artificial intelligence

12. My thoughts on AI technology 

I went to DeepAI and used the prompt, “The french revolution was good.” Here’s the result:

the french revolution was good, I wish I could have played," says the former striker. "You don't go into Spain believing you can go there and play there but I think maybe that was the case.

"The pressure is intense at training because you've got to do everything you can to be successful, because in Spain these days a lot of people do that work and do everything you can to get yourself in top form. So I don't know why we haven't worked hard for some time but definitely the feeling has changed for me.

"The pressure on you in training is intense. I have to go out there and play every minute of any game and try to stay mentally sharp. It's nice to be back at home and feel calm in training or off in the dressing room after all these years."

I find some AI art interesting, but other pieces are rather creepy.

This gets into a whole series of philosophical questions about intellectual property. Plus, what is… knowledge/art/writing/creativity?

13. The odd/weird things I do when nobody else is around 

I don’t think it’s all that odd. I talk to myself, especially when I’m writing. It helps me think. 

14. What do I do when I can’t sleep 

Get up and play Wordle. Read newspapers. 

15. The winter/holiday season tasks I enjoy 

I like buying presents for people who are easy to buy for, such as my daughter. Conversely, my wife is terrible to shop for because she doesn’t hint well.  

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