The Idea Was Never to Replace Humans

Elizabeth Weil from New York Magazine describes Sam Altman as ‘tone-deaf’ whereas profiling him because the “Oppenheimer of Our Age”. “For me, AGI is the equal of a median human that you may rent as a co-worker,” mentioned Altman. He has mentioned this on varied events, however this time it positively confirmed him in a nasty mild. 

In a podcast with Lex Fridman, Altman mentioned, “AI would have the opportunity to do something that you simply’d be proud of a distant coworker doing simply behind a pc, which incorporates studying how to be a health care provider or studying how to be a really competent coder.” It appears Altman suggests {that a} ‘median human’, that could possibly be any of us for him, could possibly be quickly out of job.

But on the similar time, he has been selling AI as a instrument to increase human intelligence, not substitute it. 

Doing the work doesn’t imply changing the employee— Alan Cowen (@AlanCowen) October 1, 2023

Altman believes that it’s the best expertise ever created however, “we’ve acquired to watch out right here. I feel folks ought to be pleased that we’re a bit bit fearful of this”. At the identical time, throughout his journey to Europe, Altman mentioned, “The dialogue has been too centered on the negatives. It does appear the stability has gotten off given all the worth that persons are getting from these instruments nowadays.”

Not too altruistic, however positively cautious

Even although it might seem to be Altman’s sentences are blown out of proportion, current developments narrate a really related story. Suumit Shah, the founding father of Dukaan, lately drew quite a lot of flak for firing 90% of his employees to substitute them with an AI chatbot. The transfer did get him some headlines similar to Emad Mostaque when he mentioned “programming shall be lifeless in 5 years”. 

However, the 31-year outdated CEO of the e-commerce platform didn’t cease at simply that. 

In a current interview with The Washington Post, Shah principally mocked the those who he had fired. “It was a no brainer for me to substitute the whole staff with a bot,” Shah mentioned concerning the customer support staff that he dropped fully as a result of he thought a bot like ChatGPT would have the opportunity to do their job. Dukaan named its GPT-powered chatbot Lina.

Shah added that these AI bots had been 100 instances smarter and price him a a hundredth of what he used to pay to the assist staff. This is unquestionably related to how folks have been speaking about changing people with AI bots. 

Mark Cuban predicted six years again that quite a lot of jobs would turn into out of date with AI and buyer providers are positively taking successful. Along related traces, Shah mentioned that individuals who merely copy-paste responses are now not secure. “That job is gone,” he mentioned, “100%”. 

When Altman talks about AI solely augmenting human intelligence, he typically overlooks that CEOs like Shah, who’re simply wanting to lower prices would possibly truly simply cut-off jobs of individuals that may be changed with easy AI chatbots. Altman has additionally testified within the US Senate that he’s fearful of AI taking “some jobs”.

Love-hate relationship with AI

Though it’s really the time to increase productiveness with AI, and never let it overwhelm us, Shah’s transfer is a transparent instance of what CEOs truly need, although it isn’t too altruistic. 

While some CEOs are changing their employees, others are fearful of AI changing them. According to a current survey, 49% of CEOs imagine that AI fashions can substitute their jobs nearly fully, and a few say it might even be higher than them. 

In Altman’s personal phrases from his blogs, he has “a fully delusional degree of self-confidence”. This signifies that Altman is usually a little too optimistic with what this technological revolution can do, however the brunt is being taken by the folks being changed by AI. How a lot of that may be attributed to him stays a query.

Does anybody match his description of “regular” greater than Sam Altman hisself?— Per-Anders Edwards (@per_anders) October 2, 2023

Undoubtedly, Altman could be thought to be an individual who cares about humanity. As the headline of the article goes, “Sam Altman Is the Oppenheimer of Our Age,” it exhibits that Altman’s views on what he’s creating, and the way it will be used sooner or later should not totally encompassing of the phrases he makes use of, and other people merely name his imaginative and prescient “delusions of grandeur”.

On the opposite hand, CEOs like Shah, who’re changing folks with AI, positively have their heads within the cloud, whereas their ft should not so agency on the bottom.

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