Johannes Gutenberg, call your office

Take a minute to watch this video in which the noted professor Jordan Peterson describes a new piece of artificial intelligence software that will change our lives in ways we can't imagine.


Ask: How will it affect me?

To go deeper, read this essay by the British journalist Sean Thomas. A sampling:
Putting on my pointy hat of pessimism, here’s how I think it will pan out. The machines will come for much academic work first — essays, PhDs, boring scholarly texts (unsurprisingly it can churn these out right now). Fanfic is instantly doomed, as are self-published novels. Next will be low-level journalism, copywriting, marketing, legalese, tech writing; then high-level journalism will go, along with genre fiction, history, biography, screenplays, TV drama, drama, until eventually a computer will be able to write something like Ulysses, only better. The only prompt will be “write a long amazing novel on whatever.”

For [us writers], the verdict is bad, sad and terminal. Five thousand years of the written human word, and 500 years of people making a life, a career and even fame out of those same human words, are quite abruptly coming to an end.

Guess I can get some real work done now.

"We live in an age in which it is no longer possible to be funny. There is nothing you can imagine, no matter how ludicrous, that will not promptly be enacted before your very eyes, probably by someone well known."
~ Malcolm Muggeridge

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