There was no AI involvement in the writing of this piece.
Everywhere you go, it appears like people are relying on AI to write the words that humans used to write, so I feel like I should probably add that disclaimer with everything I write now.
The ease of use is obvious, and I imagine that those who make a profession writing for the internet would welcome any shortcuts that would make their job simpler. However, it also leads to terrible writing full of false facts. No thanks; I’ve already done it and it wasn’t fun at all.
Personally, I find it interesting that Google has come to the same conclusion about articles created by AI. Like a broken clock, Google sometimes hits the mark, albeit it may not always be for the best reasons.
Google has shown some fantastic tools in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and LLM (Large Language Model) research, where it is among the organisations at the forefront. While artificial intelligence (AI) is present in many features of your Android phone and many Google services, the firm has not yet created a consumer-focused AI interface that can compose academic papers or blog entries.
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and Google Research Vice President Jeff Dean’s official explanation doesn’t add up: “the cost if anything goes wrong would be bigger since users have to trust the answers they receive from Google.”
The vast majority of people would agree with I saw their response as a code meaning “we haven’t discovered a method to monetise it and utilise it for search,” and I assumed they were trying to mislead me. Whatever the case may be, it seems that the business has made the correct decision.
Artificial intelligence only ever performs what it is instructed to
Artificial intelligence (AI) is neither artificial nor intelligent. It’s a piece of software designed to memorise and display any data it is given. It has the potential to (nearly) operate a vehicle, to recognise a cat, and to produce essays that people will attempt to pass off as their own.
Some applications of AI may be harmful, such as when they recommend adding wood chips to cereal to improve the flavour or when they recommend adding smashed porcelain to infant formula to increase calcium and other critical elements. I lost interest in AI when it became evident that it was intentionally plagiarising human writers and ignoring journalistic standards, but this is ridiculous.
We know that Google will direct us to the right resources and won’t offer us poor advise. The truth is that we do it despite knowing better.
Visualize if all of that had been sourced from Google. When the camera app takes longer than three seconds to open, we all lose our minds, and that’s before we’ve had any wood chips, which would make us much more irritable.
Imagine, once again, if Google had provided false material disguised as a financial advice article by making simple mathematical errors. If the people had their way, it would have resulted in Pichai carrying a wooden cross up a hill. To be honest, we despise Google, but we also put our faith in it to guide us to the right resources and steer us clear of poor counsel when we need it. Despite knowing better, we continue to do it nevertheless.
You can’t turn back now
The reality remains, though, that AI is rapidly displacing the freelance writing and outsourcing industries. That’s a shame, but some of the blame lies with Google as well.
You may not be aware, but there is a whole business dedicated to the practise of crafting titles with strategically placed keywords in order to boost their visibility in search engine results. Even Android Central and my favourite YouTuber, who now refers to all the automobiles he repairs as “abandoned” and “forgotten,” engage in this practise. Similar to how the term “best” boosts a textual article’s search rank, these phrases boost the video’s rank in the video search results. Because those are the terms most often used when looking for “things,” they are the results most often returned.
It’s called SEO, and it’s a field where AI excels. Once you’ve seen the advertising and spent a few seconds on the page, the website treats you the same as if you’d spent 10 minutes reading valuable information, regardless of the article’s real substance.
You’ve probably observed a decline in search engine results quality across the board, including Google (and Bing and Jeeves and whatever other search engine you use). Using AI will only make matters worse. Things might be different from how they are now.
Artificially-generated language is easy to decipher. If one person can create an accurate tool to weed out AI-written material in under a weekend, Google can filter them out of search results (you may check the demo of this programme by Edward Tian to learn more about the methods employed). But it doesn’t work that way.
There is probably a good explanation as to why, but we don’t know it and, to be honest, I don’t care. Having a search engine direct me to an essay created by an artificial intelligence is the worst possible thing that could happen.
In all likelihood, by 2023 at the earliest, Google will join the AI consumer bot bandwagon. It’s not going to end well, since Google is likely to have a conversational AI that’s much superior than anything we’ve seen so far. It will need heavy censorship and continual tweaking to avoid becoming something that makes Microsoft Tay seem benign and cosy in comparison.
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