Seeing both sides of the AI argument through trending media productions
Published: Aug 10, 2023 09:52 PM
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not a new thing. It existed in 1956. However, it has become more popular than ever these days. There are many books about AI such as the comprehensive textbook called Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach by Stuart Russell and also Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, and Strategies, a book that was written by philosopher Nick Bostrom. 

With huge interests in such books and other trending media productions about AI, my passion for the topic has grown bigger and bigger. 

Recently, a new AI robot has attracted everyone's attention: ChatGPT, one of the most powerful AI designs in the world. It is so powerful that you can use it to create articles, code computer programs and even play role-playing games. With the latest update, it can not only answer your questions and follow directions, but also identify images. So, it is not surprising that it has become so popular. 

Just like what I've read in the book called Artificial Intelligence For Dummies, different AIs have different abilities. For example, you can use Novel AI to generate pictures and animated works as well as photographs. In other words, AI will be able to do almost everything you can imagine in the near future.

However, AI also needs to study to achieve these fantastic functions. They study in a way called Machine Learning. At first, engineers will design models, strategies and algorithms, then AI can gain knowledge like a human, which means it can improve itself through the training process. AI learns extremely fast on powerful servers, because those high-performance computers can process tons of data in a second. 

Engineers usually improve the models on the basis of the old one. For example, they have named different versions of ChatGPT's model "GPT-1," "GPT-3.5" and so on. Some AI lovers train their own models from these official ones and share them on the internet. Different AIs are even capable of teamwork. Last but not least, China has made many achievements in the field of AI. A good example is MOSS. It has inspired China's blockbuster film The Wandering Earth II. It was made by a lab at Fudan University. We still have a long way to develop and improve it.

 Nevertheless, AI does cause some problems. There are too few laws to guide and supervise how AI behaves. They can collect nearly everything from the internet now. 

However, it is a fact that these troubles will be solved before long. Anyway, it's the trend of present age, so we shouldn't be scared by the risk AI poses and thus reject it. I believe our lives will be much better with the help of AI technology, whether in the short or long term.

The author is a student at the Shanghai Sanxin School