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Don’t Consider The Terminator Films, Synthetic Intelligence’s First Strike In opposition to Humanity Is By Flattery, Not Power.

You’re Not As Enticing As Lensa’s Magic Avatars Suggests. And Why That’s a Drawback.

Digital Plastic Surgical procedure. Or perhaps AR Beer Goggles. That’s what everybody’s Lensa Magic Avatars appear to be to me. If you happen to’re VERY ONLINE™️ then you definitely’ve definitely seen these in your mates’ social feeds, handed them round by group chat, or maybe even created your individual. It’s the most recent model of enhanced selfies, a Magic Mirror for Trendy Occasions.

Now I haven’t made THIRST TRAP HUNTER but (not out of privateness issues about the place my photographs find yourself or unwillingness to pay — I simply don’t have sufficient variety of selfies on my cellphone they require), however I’ve seen a variety of yours. And sorry, you’re not that sizzling.

Why does this matter? Nicely, we’re kinda coaching AI to deceive us. A constructive suggestions loop the place the phony greatest model of ourselves is what will get ‘rewarded’ within the Darwinian competitors amongst Lensa’s coaching sandbox. And if over time, the most important information set wins, what are the implications if probably the most explosively viral picture fashions begin with, primarily, ‘do you want this’ vs ‘is that this true?’

(Maintain apart the very fact we’re additionally creating a fair bigger assortment of magnificence norms reinforcing basic aspirational definitions of attractiveness. We noticed this in Second Life the place massive muscle tissue and large busts are nonetheless fascinating within the metaverse.)

Moreover, it’s not loopy to assume conversational AI say no matter it wants to shut the sale. As I wrote in 2016, What Occurs When Bots Be taught to Lie:

Ought to a purchasing bot present constructive affirmation in regards to the clothes objects I’ve in my digital purchasing cart? “Oh you’ll look hotter on this,” the bot coos because it pushes a $150 sweater as an alternative choice to the $25 sweatshirt I used to be contemplating. Is {that a} lie? Doesn’t a salesman at a retailer do the identical factor? Is it higher or worse when it’s finished by a pc concurrently to 10,000 clients?

Will multivariate testing of our bot future comprise moral parameters along with efficiency measurement? Strategies like priming can be utilized to dramatically impression behaviors. For instance, asking you in case you are a “good particular person” and having you reply within the affirmative, earlier than I request one thing of you, will increase the chance you’ll do what I would like, pushed by a have to reside as much as the id you created for your self.

One of many ‘AI Destroys Humanity’ tropes is how ultimately the pc applications created to guard us resolve we’re so self-destructive that the one technique to ‘save’ us is to kill us.

Wouldn’t or not it’s the final word late stage capitalism irony if the trail to a deceitful enslaver AI began not with self-awareness however with ecommerce conversion optimization?!? Seems Al Pacino was proper.



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