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  • Writer's pictureAaron Reed

Is This the Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy?

We're living in such a crazy world. Chaos across the globe with all kinds of challenges in America and abroad. And... there's no end in sight. All you have to do is open your eyes to politics and the world seems to have gone insane. Have we lost our sense of reality? Have we lost all sense of decency and morality? I'm not talking about one side of the aisle here... everybody seems to have completely lost it. Party over country. It's madness.

But then, we get to the heart of the matter, as far as this blog is concerned. Artificial Intelligence. AI. The strides that have been made in that area over the past few years are both exciting and terrifying. ChatGPT took the world by storm as a single AI bot that can craft poetry, create recipes, write code, and do your homework all at once. The only thing it can't do is be your psychologist and drive your car. AI can do that too.

We've taken the recent adage, "There's an app for that" and adapted it to a new world order, "There's an AI for that." And, there is. For just about anything. And to what end? That's the crazy part. What are we trying to do here? I've heard experts who've clamored for developers of these tools to "turn it off and walk away." But they won't. And, who could blame them? They know, just like the rest of us, that if they don't do it, somebody else will. So, if the world is going down in flames, might as well be the one to pour the gasoline and at least make a few bucks as the heat swirls up around us.

Wow... welcome to the blog! lol... why the doom and gloom? Well, I prefer to call it reality. I work in education and I see firsthand what AI and the world as a whole is producing in terms of "college-ready" students these days. And, if that doesn't give you heartburn, then just watch the innovations in AI. Lifelike and photo-realistic video on any subject you want. AI that can replicate voice and tone after only 15 seconds of listening to somebody talk. Where does all that lead us? To a world where nobody will know what's real in the very near future. And what do you have when nobody can decipher reality from fiction? Chaos. Just wait.

And if that doesn't do us in, look at what's happening in robotics. Robots taking people's jobs is the least of our worries. Wait until armies of robots are assembled on behalf of a nation and that nation can invade others without the risk of losing a single human life as all the soldiers on the ground are robots controlled by AI.

Yes... it's a bleak future I'm painting. But, they are very real scenarios that are unfolding right in front of our eyes. In the meantime there is beauty in this world. Yes, AI can do some amazingly positive things too. But I'm not even talking about that. The real beauty in this world is found in the sunset. The forest. The ocean. The embrace of a loved one. And the company of friends and family and those closest to you. And if that's the case, take that computer, turn it off, and go spend time with your loved ones.



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