Maya Indira Ganesh talks about language and metaphor, artificial intelligence and instinct, the flaws and costs of technology, and scoring societies.
“Moving away from the anthropomorphic metaphors of artificial intelligence signals, for me, a really valuable shift — saying that maybe can just think about this as computers, computing. Not computers trying to be like humans. Even things like ChatGPT are going to be useful in very specific and narrow kinds of applications. And it comes with all kinds of glitches and flaws and faults, and moments of breaking. Because it is just computers doing things. And they always break.”
Maya Indira Ganesh is a technology and digital cultures researcher, writer, and educator. She co-leads a Masters program on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Society at Cambridge University, and also works as a writer and curator on art, culture, and AI.
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