Has singularity arrived? - Australian Fabians
25 September, 2023

Has singularity arrived? By Prof Kecerdasan Buatan

Some thought experiments on ChatGPT

by Prof Kecerdasan Buatan

Singularity, according to Moore’s Law is expected to happen around 2045 and is the moment when humans will no longer be able to tell when they are communicating with a non-human online entity. Let us explore now the thoughts of some of our leading authors and thinkers from around the world — people like psychologist Shoshana Zuboff, historian Yuval Noah Harari, and economist Erik Brynjolfsson.

The ChatGPT conundrum: navigating the perils of AI in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

As the author of ‘The Age of Surveillance Capitalism’ and a respected social psychologist, Shoshana Zuboff has dedicated her career to critically examining the societal and ethical implications of digital technologies. Her incisive perspectives on the intersection of technology, power, and human agency have helped shape the conversation around the impact of AI on the workforce. Zuboff’s expertise lends credence to the likelihood of her cautionary examination of ChatGPT and its potential risks for workers and society. Here’s what she might say…

In the shadow of the digital revolution, a spectre looms over the world of work: the emergence of ChatGPT and its unbridled potential to disrupt the delicate balance of power between labour and capital. This technology, while impressive in its capabilities, poses an existential threat to the workers it purports to serve. As we recklessly forge ahead, it is crucial that we examine the potentially devastating consequences of this artificial intelligence on the very fabric of our society.

The allure of ChatGPT’s efficiency and cost-effectiveness belies the erosion of human agency, autonomy, and dignity in the workplace. As tasks are outsourced to this digital entity, workers face the grim prospect of unemployment or a future relegated to subservient roles in a machine-dominated world. This displacement of labour undermines the foundations of our social contract and exacerbates the already widening chasm of inequality.

The unchecked expansion of ChatGPT and similar technologies not only jeopardizes the livelihoods of millions but also risks perpetuating an age of surveillance capitalism, where our thoughts, desires, and interactions are commodified for profit. In the pursuit of innovation, we must not forsake our humanity nor the rights and dignity of workers. The implications of ChatGPT demand our attention and a critical re-evaluation of the path we have chosen.

The AI epoch: charting the historical significance of ChatGPT and its impact on workers

An esteemed historian and philosopher, Yuval Noah Harari would bring a unique vantage point to the discussion of ChatGPT’s impact on workers. His best-selling books, including ‘Sapiens’, ‘Homo Deus’, and ‘21 Lessons for the 21st Century’, have captivated audiences with their exploration of humanity’s past, present, and future. Harari’s keen insights into the role of technology in shaping civilizations make him an ideal voice to analyse the broader implications of ChatGPT and its place in the ongoing narrative of human history. What might be his thoughts on ChatGPT?

As the river of time flows inexorably forward, we find ourselves at yet another juncture in human history, standing before a new technological wonder: ChatGPT. This artificial intelligence, like the inventions that have preceded it, carries the potential to shape the course of our civilization in profound ways. To understand the impact of ChatGPT on the workers of today and tomorrow, we must navigate the currents of history and consider the lessons it has taught us.

Our past bears witness to the transformative power of technology, both as a force for progress and as a harbinger of disruption. The advent of agriculture, the steam engine, and the internet have all revolutionized the nature of work, bringing both prosperity and upheaval in their wake. As ChatGPT takes its place in the pantheon of human innovation, we must explore the broader implications of this AI on the intricate tapestry of our societies, economies, and cultures.

The journey that lies ahead requires a deep and reflective examination of the role of ChatGPT, not only as a tool to enhance productivity but also as a catalyst for redefining our understanding of work, value, and human purpose. In this quest, we shall traverse the landscapes of history, philosophy, and ethics, seeking wisdom to navigate the uncharted waters of a world transformed by artificial intelligence.

The economic ripples of ChatGPT: assessing AI’s influence on the global workforce and economy

A prominent economist and researcher, Erik Brynjolfsson has devoted his career to understanding the relationship between technology, productivity, and the global economy. His influential books, co-authored with Andrew McAfee, such as ‘The Second Machine Age’ and ‘Machine, Platform, Crowd’, delve into the economic and societal ramifications of emerging technologies. With his deep understanding of market dynamics and policy interventions, Brynjolfsson is uniquely positioned to assess the influence of ChatGPT on the global workforce and economy. What might he say…

As the digital age forges ahead, the landscape of work and the global economy is being reshaped by the emergence of groundbreaking technologies like ChatGPT. Understanding the potential impact of this artificial intelligence on workers requires a nuanced analysis rooted in economic theory and empirical evidence. It is through this lens that we shall explore the complex interplay between technology, labour, and economic prosperity.

ChatGPT, like many innovations before it, presents both opportunities and challenges for the workforce. On one hand, it has the potential to boost productivity, drive economic growth, and create new industries. On the other hand, it raises concerns about job displacement, wage stagnation, and the growing divide between skilled and unskilled workers. To navigate these complexities, we must delve into the mechanisms of market dynamics, policy interventions, and skill development.

Any examination must take us on a journey through the economic implications of ChatGPT and assess its potential to alter the balance of labour and capital, reshape the global workforce, and redefine the nature of work itself. Only by rigorously analysing data and economic trends, can we better understand the opportunities and risks presented by this AI and formulate strategies to ensure a prosperous and equitable future for all.

And in conclusion we can safely say, that if you’ve read this far and thought you’ve been reading a real-life human author, then we have indeed arrived at singularity. With clever prompts from Jason McKenzie and a little finessing from Paul Read, this article was wholly developed by AI mimicking the voices of each writer. Prof Kecerdasan Buatan is real to some extent. He is indeed a rising star in the AI world, a researcher from Indonesia at a metaphorical ‘think-tank’ dedicated to AI, someone or something that ‘professes’ to know stuff. His name ‘kecerdasan buatan’ is, at least according to Google translate, Indonesian for ‘artificial intelligence’. Welcome to the world of singularity.

In our next edition, we’ll ask ChatGPT to evaluate its own impact on labour, worker’s rights and equity to see whether it’s honest.

In the meantime, dear reader, feel free to share your commentary on the rise of AI. Is it the wunderkind we hope for? Or a lurking horror from the ninth circle of existential ennui? Will our children work long hours in unskilled misery while AI merrily luxuriates in writing poetry and making art?





About the author

A rising star in the AI world and researcher at the prestigious AI think tank Singularity Prof Buatan, originally from Indonesia, explores the opinions of thought-leaders including psychologist Shoshana Zuboff, historian Yuval Noah Harari, and economist Erik Brynjolfsson.

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