illustrates, in eerie fashion, what is happening today in the guise of AI writ large.
In 1923, an editorial cartoonist named H.T. Webster drew a humorous cartoon for the New York World newspaper depicting a fictional 2023 machine that would generate ideas and draw them as cartoons automatically. It presaged recent advancements in AI image synthesis, one century later, that actually can create artwork automatically.
The vintage cartoon carries the caption "In the year 2023 when all our work is done by electricity." It depicts a cartoonist standing by his drawing table and making plans for social events while an "idea dynamo" generates ideas and a "cartoon dynamo" renders the artwork.
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In an interview with Yahoo Finance Live, author Nina Shick claims that generative AI, like as Open AI’s DALL-E and ChatGPT could completely change how digital content is developed in the next three years.
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Franz Broseph seemed like any other Diplomacy player to Claes de Graaff. The handle was a joke — the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I reborn as an online bro — but that was the kind of humor that people who play Diplomacy tend to enjoy. The game is a classic, beloved by the likes of John F. Kennedy and Henry Kissinger, combining military strategy with political intrigue as it recreates the First World War: Players negotiate with allies, enemies and everyone in between as they plan how their armies will move across 20th-century Europe.
Mr. de Graaff, a chemist living in the Netherlands, finished fifth. He had spent nearly 10 years playing Diplomacy, both online and at face-to-face tournaments across the globe. He did not realize until it was revealed several weeks later that he had lost to a machine. Franz Broseph was a bot.
“I was flabbergasted,” Mr. de Graaff, 36, said. “It seemed so genuine — so lifelike. It could read my texts and converse with me and make plans that were mutually beneficial — that would allow both of us to get ahead. It also lied to me and betrayed me, like top players frequently do.”
Built by a team of artificial intelligence researchers from the tech giant Meta, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other prominent universities, Franz Broseph is among the new wave of online chatbots that are rapidly moving machines into new territory.
In essence, as stated before in BRT, we have lost control.
“Machines take me by surprise with great frequency. This is largely because I do notdo sufficient calculation to decide what to expect them to do.”Alan Turing (1950), Computing Machinery and Intelligence, Mind, 59, 433-4601.
Alan Turing, a British mathematician, proposed in 1950 that the test of machine intelligence would be an ability to conduct a conversation in an indistinguishably human way.Credit...Archivio GBB, via Alamy