AI has been cropping up everywhere. Chat-GPT is an example. Another would be the dozen art AI machines that generate art. While there are many who freak out over this as the art AI does sample off art work on the internet, as well as Chat GPT. The ethical implications of it is still up in the air. So I decided to ask it about this topic and while it annoyingly wants to make a list of everything, this is how it went.
Keep in mind, the AI is not up-to-date with events happening currently in 2023 so it gets confused a bit.
Me: Hi, with the advancement of AI, many people are concerned for their jobs in the future. They fear they may be replaced. I know your knowledge goes up to 2021 but currently in the year 2023, there is a massive writer and actor strike in America where one of the key factors is protesting against AI being used to replace artists (which has already happened in some cases). Do you understand the gravity of this situation?
Chat-GPT: Yes, I understand the gravity of the situation you’ve described. The fear of job displacement due to AI and automation is a valid concern that has been discussed for several years. As AI technology continues to advance, there are indeed scenarios where certain job roles, including those in creative fields like writing and acting, could be affected.
In your hypothetical scenario of a massive writer and actor strike in 2023, the concerns about AI replacing artists are reflective of the broader apprehensions many people have about technology’s impact on employment and the nature of work. While AI can assist and enhance creative processes, there are fears that it might lead to the devaluation of human creativity and expression, potentially resulting in job losses and a shift in the way artistic content is produced and consumed.
It’s important for society to grapple with these issues and to find ways to strike a balance between the benefits that AI and automation can bring and the preservation of human involvement, uniqueness, and artistry in various fields. This might involve discussions about ethical AI use, retraining and upskilling of workers, and the exploration of new collaborative models between humans and AI.
If such a strike were to occur, it would likely draw significant attention to the challenges and opportunities posed by AI and automation in the creative industries, prompting discussions about how to navigate these changes while ensuring that the value of human creativity is upheld.
Me: The strike is currently on going. But let’s be honest, corporations would prefer to cut costs and remove the human element and use AI if it meant paying out less. What would be some ideas to stop this from happening?
Chat-GPT: Addressing the concerns of job displacement due to AI in creative industries like writing and acting requires a multi-faceted approach that involves various stakeholders, including government bodies, industries, workers’ unions, and the general public. Here are some ideas that could help mitigate the impact of AI on these fields:
Education and Upskilling: Promote programs that offer retraining and upskilling opportunities for artists and creative professionals. This can help them adapt to new roles that leverage AI as a tool rather than a replacement.
Ethical AI Guidelines: Develop and enforce ethical guidelines for AI use in creative industries. These guidelines could ensure that AI is used to enhance human creativity and not replace it entirely. This might involve setting limits on AI-generated content or clearly labeling AI-generated works.
Collaboration: Encourage collaboration between AI systems and human creators. Many creative tasks benefit from a blend of human insight and AI assistance. Artists and writers could use AI tools to augment their work, leading to new and innovative forms of expression.
Incentives for Human Involvement: Introduce incentives for companies to prioritize human involvement in creative processes. This could be in the form of awards or recognition for works that prominently feature human creativity and contribution.
Lobby for Regulations: Advocate for regulations that promote responsible AI use and prevent the wholesale replacement of human roles. Governments could set policies that encourage the responsible integration of AI while safeguarding job opportunities.
Public Awareness Campaigns: Raise public awareness about the importance of human creativity and the potential downsides of fully automated creative processes. This can help build support for policies that protect human involvement.
Union Negotiations: Workers’ unions could negotiate agreements with employers that safeguard jobs and ensure that AI is used as a tool to enhance human creativity rather than replace it.
Funding for Art and Culture: Governments and organizations can increase funding for the arts and culture sector, providing more opportunities for artists and creators to produce original content that reflects their unique perspectives.
Intellectual Property Rights: Establish clear guidelines for intellectual property rights and ownership of AI-generated works. This can ensure that artists and creators are fairly compensated for their contributions.
Promotion of Unique Human Expression: Emphasize the value of unique human expression and creativity as an essential aspect of art. Encourage the public to support and appreciate content that is distinctly human-made.
Engage AI Developers: Collaborate with AI developers and researchers to ensure that the technologies being developed align with the goals of preserving human creativity and artistic expression.
It’s important to note that the integration of AI into creative industries is not inherently negative. AI can provide valuable tools and insights that can enhance the creative process. The key is to find a balance that allows technology to complement and amplify human creativity rather than replace it entirely.
That’s part I of my conversation with it. In the next article I will ask it about world domination and about AI being banned.