Will the rise of AI eventually make bloggers redundant?

rise of AI

The world is all of a lather because of the rise of AI – namely ChatGPT, the latest evolution in chatbots, created on 30 November 2022.

It has now attracted media attention because American students are using it to write their essays for them! Luckily it appears their professors are smelling the proverbial rat as the quality of these essays far outstrips the precedent from those who presented them.

And this has aroused my thoughts about the reduction in writing ability in the youth nowadays – made all the more poignant by the quality of guest posts I have received over the past few years.

Will the rise of AI prevent proper learning?

In my view, yes it will. If the lazy student is able to resort to getting his essay written merely by the push of a button, what hope is there for him? Not only is this cheating, but how will this actually make him learn anything? And I sorely dismiss his ability to actually read the resulting contribution.

The whole point of partaking in higher education is to develop the concept of critical thinking. You are never going to advance your problem solving skills if you abuse the rise of AI do to it all for you. Eventually your degree will have to be awarded to ChatGPT instead of you!

Fortunately, but probably not for long, the rise of AI hasn’t yet totally superseded the intelligent human being yet. One who actually thinks before he reacts, using that squidgy mass inside his head called a brain. But I am worried this particularly organ will soon stop functioning properly due to inactivity.

Can the rise of AI supersede humans?

ChatGPT has been programmed to provide human-like text when it responds to prompts. This is because it uses “natural language processing tasks”, but what worries me is where this originally comes from? Is the whole world to be subjected to American thought patterns whether we like it or not?

Already large corporations are substituting their customer service teams with Chatbots. These things are supposed to answer all our questions for us, but in reality all they provide is frustration. We end up going round in circles because they haven’t been programmed properly to cope with our human questions.

It will take a while for the rise of AI to offer suitable reactions for the bereaved. Having just lost both parents last year, I am well aware of this. In fact I am most disappointed in the automated responses I regularly receive from utility firms because humans and AI fail to collaborate properly.

Where will the rise of AI become prevalent?

Bloggers of the world will have to start waking up fast! Already we are tormented by commenting bots littering our commenting boxes. Thought it seems the rise in AI has yet to reach these lowly pursuits, considering the quality of contributions which manage to slip past the moderators.

Where we need to be aware of is the rise of AI within social media forums. How will you know if you are actually communicating with a human? However, if prolonged activity stimulates the attention of the algorithms, perhaps these could be helpful for us (since we are reliant on reach for this).

However, another concern is the use of AI to provide social media posts. Bang goes the concept of ‘social’ conversation, as I don’t think ChatGPT will be put to use to provide suitable responses to any self-respecting human who deigns to reply. In the end it will be bots talking to bots, with no humans involved at all!

Can the rise of AI be actually useful?

Computers and robots do have this wonderful ability to do things really fast! Therefore pesky tasks such as translating text into another language, or providing summaries of long documents, will be seen as a time-saver for the busy person. But will the time saved be put towards contributing on social media I wonder?

This ability of extremely rapid skim-reading to obtain required information also worries me. Young people have already have lost the power of proper reading, and as a result this has led towards the demise in suitable writing. The lack of vocabulary, expression, sentence syntax as well as spelling and grammar is of great concern.

When the rise of AI, especially as advanced as ChatGPT, is able to perform social sciences such as understanding emotion, then we are in trouble. This has been created for corporate chatbots to understand feedback given by disgruntled customers, but I am still concerned about its relevance in the social world.

Will the rise of AI become relevant to humans?

People with dollar signs in their eyes will view the rise of AI as a means of substituting humans, as bots do not need salaries, get sick or require holidays. Having automated impersonal human responses to queries or requests, without any human-led resource available, will eventually result in customers leaving in droves.

But that’s OK. Who wants meddlesome customers anyway? And when it comes to competitor research, surely chatbots can perform social listening more proficiently than humans? Why is there a need to hold conversations with your customers to find out what they really want and what is bothering them?

The rise of AI will outstrips all relevance, humanity, sociability – all to provide versatility and inspiration (for those who can’t be bothered to read or do research). ‘Tis a poor world indeed if humans are made redundant from all forms of social, relevant and appropriate communication, especially when online.

Does the rise of AI fit in with the future?

If you are a young person, you may well sigh, shrug your shoulders and consign to ‘put up with it’. After all, the way things are going, you may have to learn to live in a world automated by AI. You may not even notice how it is encroaching on your daily lives, as you don’t know anything else.

But for the older set, we worry about the data used within the rise of AI. Where is it coming from? Is it relevant enough? Will AI develop a suitable understanding of the world, for all demographics, to make their lives bearable? And how can we cope with the natural bias installed in AI from those who created it in the first place?

For me the rise of AI is of great concern. But you may think differently. Let me know what you think in the comments below. At least humans still are allowed to express themselves within blog comments – and yes, this post was actually written by me, without any AI in sight!

Alice Elliott
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