Sophia Chen (me) squaring off against Sophia the Robot. (Zelda Fishman)

Sophia Chen, Managing Editor

These past few months, AI has been artificially becoming more intelligent. Artificial intelligence was first used by Allied scientists, led by Alan Turing, during WWII. Ever since, AI’s usage and development have grown exponentially. In the last decade, we’ve seen the evolution of machine learning in self-driving cars, voice recognition, vision processing, art/music generators, and powerful language processing. Whether we like it or not, artificial intelligence will be integrated into everything as it is inevitable, just like Thanos.

I think that it’s going to be pretty difficult for me to get along with AI. It’s unsettling how the technology has become more than just cutting-edge. AI has durastically grown the last two years, partly due to GPT-3, which uses deep learning to produce text responses. Last year, it was considered to be one of, if not the most powerful AI system out there. Now there’s GPT-4, an updated version which is allegedly ten times more advanced than GPT-3. I was utterly shooketh when I touched ChatGPT for the first time.  It’s hard for me to fathom that AI will replace many jobs that have been around for decades. Local store owners are going to be utterly beat by AI, and as it grows, more and more powerful; as individuals we become more and more useless. Something I could work super hard at to achieve could be done by an AI in 5 seconds. This instills a crappy feeling within me, especially because I’m sure that one day, AI will write a better series than Harry Potter books and make better shows than My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. As people lean on AI as an intellectual crutch, we’ll become more and more reliant on it. Maybe it’ll get to the point where if we don’t have it with us, we’ll be incapable of doing basic tasks.

Of course, I can’t completely discredit AIs because they’re going to solve some of humanity’s greatest problems. Still, there will be bad people who use AI for doing bad things. It will further drive the ‘tech war’ against other countries like China and create new political and social issues. Overall, AI is going to enable humans to do more than ever before, yet it might make us less able than ever before.