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Afraid of AI?

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It is perfectly legitimate to be afraid of the power of a new technology. Just know that the companies that stand to cash in on the hype very much want you to be.

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You have probably heard by now: artificial intelligence (AI) is coming, it is about to change everything, and humanity is not ready. AI is passing bar exams, plagiarizing term papers, creating deepfakes that are real enough to fool the masses, and the robot apocalypse is nigh. The government is not prepared. Neither are you.

AI doomsaying is absolutely everywhere right now. Which is exactly the way that OpenAI, the company that stands to benefit the most from everyone believing its product has the power to remake—or unmake—the world, wants it.

From Los Angeles Times
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