I came across a website recently that writes completes paragraphs that anyone starts. That got me thinking about AI and humanity’s future with the written word (or more).
I work with technology day in and out and never stop feeling amazed at what I can do today. We live in a day and age like none other in human history. And, we are just getting started. AI is one such piece of technology that is feared and revered at the same time.
AI starts with machines that can learn by learning how they can get to the desired outcome. The machine learning program is a program that runs routines itself to optimize results until you get to that expected outcome. You don’t tell the machine what to do, you just tell it what you want, give a data set of starting points, a data-set of possible results and degree of desired outcome.
Now for the site - talktotransformer.com is yet another attempt to get smart routines figure out the best way to complete a paragraph you started.
I was amazed at the results at how the site completed the sentences for me. The content I provided is below -
Do human beings make any difference in this world or in the universe? The universe is so vast and we are so tiny to matter. We cannot remember the last 100 years but claim to make sense of the infinity, the billion years, and all that is associated with that. We simply do not matter.
Not cheerful by any means, and bordering on boring for a casual observer. The machine though seems interested.
So in that sense, we are nothing but a speck of dust. Perhaps the idea that we are important to everything in the cosmos just to be of service to it is just as illogical and as illogical as saying that all life in the universe is insignificant.
Perhaps all that the world is is insignificant and if we really were all mere molecules we would not have to be afraid of death and pain, we would be content.”
But Dr Hern had been at pains to add in the past to acknowledge that in some ways he wanted to see the universe in an age of technology where people had more control over their environment. He said it was not a contradiction in terms to say that human beings are only important because of the power they possess, which “in many places” can make some people
Whoa there, what just happened.
Just enough to push into depression.
This is such a sad thing, but it is true. It is true in the sense that human beings could not have changed the past, or changed the future. Human beings are just one part of the universe and, therefore, we do not matter.
But we are so small against all forces, to that there is no answer.
It’s like in music. The chord of the piano is important, but the sound can be produced by other chords. In nature, the same thing would apply. It has much more to do with who is listening to it or being affected by it than it does with the sound itself. If there is no melody, there is no meaning. But if there is something to be affected by it, that also changes the way we hear things. When some people were living in very simple times and were unable to comprehend the vastness of it, they had their minds closed. And as time goes on into the present, they have been able to make sense of it, and they can understand the importance. What they understand is nothing but the present moment.
The third response blew my mind. The machine does not just quote the scriptures or agree/disagree with what I said. But it takes the conversation to a whole new level. A level that not many authors will reach.
The machine has not replaced the human ingenuity, mind you. It just collects information and passes it along after understanding how the arrangement of words in a certain way makes sense in the given context.
The machine takes the current condition and makes it even more - so that the brain wallows in the unimagined happiness, sadness, the horror and excitement. Give more of anything, and it returns more of the same.
In other words – this will be just like our Universe. All hail AI - our future best friend, or our worst enemy.