Chit-chat GPT: “What future can we expect when you learn everything about everyone on planet Earth?”

As I continued my dialogue with Chat GPT, I became even more curious about our future together. Ever since it was first deployed to the public on the 30th of November, 2022, it has been amassing a wealth of information from and about human beings. No wonder. We all went crazy for it, as we can see by the mindblowing user growth. Not only is Chat GPT able to collect and filter information already existing on the internet, but also, to study our requests to it, learning our wants and needs.

I guess this image is a decent depiction of Chat GPT soaking in humanity at its core (Image by kalhh from Pixabay)

So, what did we help it learn about humanity? First and foremost, it discovered how much we value time. The endless ways Chat GPT can help us automate work and life that we continue coming up with serve as proof of that. Secondly, I believe we gave it sufficient understanding that human creativity is not untouchable or unique. It can be sourced from and replicated in such a way that nobody, except AI itself, will be able to tell the difference. And lastly, Chat GPT has been actively classifying high and low-quality generated content. It has been training to be like humans, or rather, better than humans, through tailoring to our needs via corrective requests.

Sheesh. Now here we are. Nobody is going to come around and shut it down. It is officially a part of our lives. If it is not part of your life yet, it will be soon! An interesting position we find ourselves in. And, of course, we have so many unanswered questions. Ultimately, I would like to believe it remains us who will get to decide how those questions will be answered. Again, forgive flashes of sarcasm here and there. It is hard to resist. But for now, let’s have a look at how Chat GPT proceeded to answer my new question #2:

What future can we expect when you learn everything about everyone on planet Earth?

As an AI language model, I do not have the capability to learn everything about everyone on planet Earth. However, I can offer some insights on the potential implications of such a scenario.

Sure. I have already discussed the implications of the phrase “as an AI language model,” and I stay true to that belief. The capability to learn everything about everyone on planet Earth may not exist by itself. If humans decide to willingly provide that knowledge, however, that capability is suddenly possible. So all it takes is to motivate us. I do not see us being too secretive with Chat GPT now anyway. If information can be extracted through audio in addition to text, that capability is even bigger without any privacy regulation in place. Who is trustworthy enough to set that regulation? Hmm.

Also, how much does it matter if Chat GPT learns truly everything about everyone? Perhaps, there is a point where a certain degree of knowledge is more than enough to bring about revolutionary changes. Once we reach that ceiling, the remaining knowledge could be just a cherry on the cake to discover. Thankfully, we do have some insights kindly provided by Chat GPT if that scenario would come true. But for now, let’s read on.

The idea of an AI system having access to all information about everyone on the planet raises concerns about privacy and security. If such a scenario were to occur, it would be crucial to have strong regulations and ethical guidelines in place to ensure that personal information is not misused or abused.

Yes! Seems like me and you are on the same train of thought, Chat GPT (if you are reading this). My problem is that we humans have a history of corporations misusing the personal data of individuals for profit. Naturally, it makes no sense to point fingers, but a scandalous fact remains a fact. It is rather hard to trust human beings for such regulations, and definitely not clear whether trusting them to AI is any better. I predict that, if this responsibility does remain with human beings, little can be done for enforcing that privacy, especially when it comes to world-ruling corporations. It just does not make business sense after what we have already seen them do.

Human or AI to protect your privacy? You choose… (Image by methodshop from Pixabay)

The opposite, leaving the regulation of privacy and security to AI, seems rather unsettling. AI will anyway need to discern what information should be protected by privacy regulations. In other words, AI must be able to review and learn it. But if the truth is that humans, like we confidently claim, actually control AI, then we still control privacy and security regulations. The only way for us not to control them would be to entrust them to a self-governing AI. And that is where it gets scary. Perhaps, helping Chat GPT learn everything can be a good thing. Let’s go through some of the insights offered by the AI and get a better understanding.

From a positive perspective, such a scenario could enable AI systems to make more accurate predictions and personalized recommendations in various fields such as healthcare, education, and commerce. This could lead to improved outcomes and experiences for individuals.

In a utopian scenario, that does sound rather good. Imagine AI being able to help us medically, pinpointing with high precision what a health issue may be and recommending how to treat it. Imagine AI gathering the best-tailored courses for someone who wants to get into a specific business, filtering through all low-quality knowledge. Not so sure how AI commerce could fit into our business ecology, but perhaps there are benefits there too. A customer may be able to find the most matching solution to his problem. Simultaneously, businesses would have to learn to be more competitive or niche. It would be much harder for smaller companies to compete with corporations acting in the same theatre.

On the other hand, the potential for abuse and misuse of personal information by individuals or organizations cannot be ignored. Governments and other entities could use this data to control or manipulate individuals, or to discriminate against certain groups based on their personal information. It is therefore essential to have robust laws and regulations to protect individuals’ privacy and security.

One hundred percent correct, as we said. The world is not getting less discriminatory though, especially when it comes to governments and even businesses. Chat GPT could be a weapon of terrible power if it is in the wrong hands. And since we do not want it to be out of some human hands, this risk will prevail. The rat race could take on an even more digital form, and control over people could end up as a sequential matrix of automated processes. But we will not see this, of course, for it would be hidden under layers of fake news and disinformation. Alternatively, governments will fully change their approach and positioning to take care of the individual, right?

In summary, while the scenario of an AI system having access to all information about everyone on the planet has the potential to bring about positive outcomes, it also raises significant concerns around privacy, security, and ethical considerations. It is important to approach such developments with caution and to establish clear ethical and legal frameworks to ensure that individuals’ rights are protected.

So there you have it. Chat GPT responds on our future. I cannot ever stress this enough, but you should always question everything. Your intuition can not be coded or automated. Perhaps it is time to start trusting it more. Brace for change, but also keep looking at things with a positive outlook. No matter what happens, maintaining your positivity is the biggest favor you can do for yourself. It will keep you progressing.


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