A few friends of mine and I are in a small private chat group where we discuss tech stuff and forward each other links to articles. You can imagine what that chat has become over the last few weeks. Nothing but AI. (We used to debate Apple’s upcoming headset, which feels moot now; I chuckle at the thought of a product announcement that demoes any Siri-based use case at the moment.)
On top of that, I get articles about AI forwarded from friends outside of my tech bubble. Which is a clear indicator to me that this has a more significant cultural impact than the stuff we go on about usually. That lead me to re-prioritize somewhat, and now I spend quite some time reading about AI, and also playing with it.
As often with technology, we’re at the whim of the companies that push it on us, so it’s partially like a roller coaster ride where you can do little but make sure you’re strapped in properly and try to enjoy it.
Oh, you could choose not to ride it in the first place, of course. But then there’s nobody to talk to anymore, because everybody is on the ride and only wants to talk about it, and about the terrible things that will happen to you at the end of it, where it’s unclear what exactly will happen (part of the marketing that got you on here, I guess) and people suspect the company who built the roller coaster hasn’t fully done all the safety checks (and weirdly there’s no regulation either, so they got away with it).
The good news is, most of us are in the same car (it’s massive, apparently), so take a deep breath, put your hands in the air, and brace for the next inversion… 🎢
(Some people insist that tweeting as loud as you can from the top of your lungs helps you feel better.)