There's nothing new about caution, apathy, and ignorance regarding an emerging technology
I imagine that the main takeaway of this article is that the basic mentality of the human race hasn't changed much in the last six-hundred years, and likely even longer than that. New, disruptive technologies like the printing press and today's AI tools are typically the subject of controversy and suppression by elites because they empower average Joes to circumvent their monopoly on information.
That said, such new, disruptive technologies are typically seized upon at critical moments by wild-eyed revolutionaries of the Martin Luther variety, which can cause a lot of unintended harm which even people like Luther never wanted. I absolutely do not think regulation is the answer, not at all. I just think that AI, like all new technologies, will inevitably be appropriated to make everything from new artistic and literary works to brand new strategies and ideas in the dark realm of political propaganda... and marketing and advertising. My main stance on AI is that its future is going to both more banal and more scary than anything the sci-fi techno-apocalypse types can envision.
I mean, maybe the potential dangers of the printing press weren't quite so existential? https://open.substack.com/pub/unchartedterritories/p/openai-and-the-biggest-threat-in?utm_source=share&utm_medium=android&r=9fely not saying stop everything, but caution is surely warranted here?
I know that this is a little off topic, but if anyone is interested in a reading a summary of the book James mentioned in this post, you can find one at my online library of book summaries: