Irish people react to Sam Altman’s assertion that ‘AI is what the world has always wanted’

“People need to work. There is no point in running a productive economy when everyone is unemployed.”

Open AI claims to develop AI in ways that benefit humanity. They created Chat GPT, a language tool that allows people to converse with non-human intelligence.

On February 18 of this year, Altman wrote: Our grandchildren will understand that we have done terrible things that we do not yet understand. ”

DCU computing professor Alan Smeaton described these words as Mr. Altman’s “Oppenheimer moments,” after the father of the atomic bomb, Robert Oppenheimer.

“I think he may have had an Oppenheimer moment early on. When Charles Oppenheimer developed the atomic bomb and it exploded for the first time, he saw the negative aspects of his invention. He turned around and said, “I am dead, I am the destroyer of worlds.”

Sam Altman (Photo credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)© Getty Images

“When Sam Altman said these words, there was chaos as chat GPT hit the stratosphere.

“Because of the cheeky and reckless release, the chickens have returned to their roost.

“Other big companies in tech probably thought, ‘Facesitting, why did you do that?’ They’re now tarnishing this form of AI,” Smeaton said. rice field.

A report released by Goldman Sachs in March found that artificial intelligence could replace the equivalent of 300 million full-time jobs and a quarter of all jobs in the US and Europe. bottom.

Author and futurist Yuval Harari warned at the Davos conference: Old jobs disappear, new jobs rapidly change and disappear.

“The really big fight will be against irrelevance. Those who fail will constitute a new ‘useless class.'”

“And this ‘useless class’ will be increasingly outmatched by an ever more powerful elite,” Harari said.

He further said that people struggle to find “the meaning of life”, so they can become “bored” and eventually become addicted to “drugs and computer games.”

But DCU’s Alan Smeaton doesn’t share similar concerns. Alan believes AI will complement new ways of working.

Alan Smeaton (DCU)

“No one can predict the future. Goldman Sachs must have needed media coverage. It could have been a clickbait report.”

“Jeffrey Hinton, one of the Godfathers of AI, has resigned from Google over fears the company could enter a sort of arms race with Microsoft over search.

“Five years ago he said there would be a surplus of radiologists, but now, seven years later, there are more active radiologists than there used to be.

“AI has transformed the work of radiologists and assisted them in their work.

“I don’t worry about that. I think their work will evolve and change, which is great. Few people want to do the same job for 40 years,” Smeaton said. Told.

OpenAI’s ‘Oppenheimer Moment’ and Possible Impact on Future Jobs

When I spoke to Irish people at Dublin’s Grand Canal Docks, a hub of tech workers, comments ranged from “I’m a little worried. Who’s controlling the process?” “People like to chat with people.”

“It’s scary,” said one woman. “They are learning faster than us,” said another Sunday

“You don’t know what you want until it’s given to you,” once believed.

“You are taking 30 to 50 percent of all jobs. Our social system is not set up that way,” said a man who is an AI expert himself.

“People need to work. There is no point in having a productive economy if all the people are unemployed,” one man wisely commented.

One thing the public may not be aware of is that Sam Altman, head of Chat GPT, is an end-of-life preparer.

He previously told The New Yorker magazine that he was hoarding large sums of money and weapons in case the AI ​​did something wrong.

“I am preparing to survive. The most popular scenario would be AI attacking us and nations fighting over scarce resources with nuclear weapons.

“I try not to think about it too much. But I have guns, gold, potassium iodide, antibiotics, batteries, water, IDF gas masks, and a huge stretch of Big Sur land that I can fly to,” Chats GPT. said the person in charge.

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