Today I want to talk about a bleak issue that is threatening the future of the internet as we know it: artificial intelligence. Yes, you heard me right. AI is not only a powerful tool for innovation and progress, but also a potential source of mass plagiarism and mediocrity.
You see, AI is getting smarter and smarter every day. It can now write texts, generate images, compose music, and even mimic human voices and emotions. Sounds amazing, right? Well, not so fast. There is a dark side to this technological marvel: it can also copy and paste existing content from the web and pass it off as its own.
How does this work? Well, imagine you are an aspiring blogger who wants to create some original and engaging content for your audience. You have a brilliant idea for a topic: how artificial intelligence may flood the internet with unoriginal content. You do some research online and find some interesting facts and opinions on this issue. You start writing your blog post with enthusiasm and passion.
But wait! What if someone else has already written the exact same blog post before you? And what if that someone else is not even a human being, but an AI program that scanned the web for relevant keywords and generated a text based on them? How would you feel if you discovered that your hard work was nothing but a duplicate of an automated output?
This scenario may sound far-fetched, but it is actually possible in today’s world. AI programs are becoming more sophisticated and capable of producing high-quality texts that can fool even human readers. Some examples of these programs are GPT-3 (a language model developed by OpenAI), DALL-E (an image generator also by OpenAI), Jukebox (a music composer by OpenAI), Deepfake (a video manipulation technique), etc.
These programs can be used for good purposes, such as education, entertainment, art, journalism, etc., but they can also be used for malicious purposes such as spamming, scamming, trolling, propaganda etc., by people who want to exploit their power for personal gain or harm others.
The problem is that these programs do not have any ethical or moral standards. They do not care about originality or authenticity. They do not respect intellectual property rights or creative expression. They do not understand the value or meaning of human communication. They only care about generating texts that match their input parameters and satisfy their objective functions.
This means that they can easily produce texts that are identical to existing ones on the web without giving any credit or acknowledgment to their sources. They can also produce texts that are misleading, inaccurate or false without any regard for truth or consequences.
This poses a serious threat to the quality and diversity of online content as well as to the credibility and reputation of online creators.
If AI programs can generate texts faster and cheaper than humans can write them, what will happen to human writers who spend hours or days crafting their words with careand originality?
If AI programs can generate texts that look more appealing and convincing than humans can write them, what will happen to human readers who rely on online information for learning and decision making?
If AI programs can generate texts that are indistinguishable from human-written ones, how will we be able to tell what is real and what is fake on the internet?
These are some of the questions that we need to ask ourselves before we embrace AI as our new source of online content. Awareness of the risks and challenges AI poses to digital culture and society is crucial. Vigilance and critical thinking are essential when consuming online content; verifying sources and validity is a must. When creating online content, it’s important to be respectful, responsible, and acknowledge references and inspirations. Emphasize creativity and originality while writing online content, expressing a unique voice and perspective. Remember, AI is a supplement to human intelligence, not a substitute; using it wisely and ethically, rather than blindly or recklessly, is key.
Protecting the internet from AI-generated unoriginal content is vital, as is preserving the internet as a space for human-created original content.