The AI horse is out of the barn

Yesterday, in a comment about the dangers of artificial intelligence, I said I’m afraid the horse is already out of the barn. Since then it seems like artificial intelligence is being mentioned everywhere. Apparently I’ve made myself hyper aware of the subject, or at least the term itself. It’s become sort of an intellectual earworm, and I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. But I continue to contemplate.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has come a long way in the past few decades, and its potential for improving our lives is undeniable. From automating routine tasks to creating new medical treatments, AI is changing the world in ways that were once unimaginable. However, like any new technology, AI also presents certain dangers that must be taken seriously.

One of the most obvious dangers of AI is its potential to replace human jobs. As AI becomes more advanced, it will be able to perform tasks that were once the sole domain of human workers. This could lead to widespread job losses in industries such as manufacturing, transportation, and customer service. While some argue that AI will create new jobs, others believe that the overall impact on employment will be negative.

Another danger of AI is its potential to be used for malicious purposes. As AI becomes more sophisticated, it could be used to create autonomous weapons that can make decisions without human intervention. These weapons could be used to target specific individuals or groups, leading to catastrophic consequences. Additionally, AI could be used to conduct cyber attacks on critical infrastructure, such as power grids and financial systems.

AI also presents a threat to privacy. As AI becomes more prevalent in our daily lives, it will collect and analyze vast amounts of data about us. This data could be used to create detailed profiles of individuals, including their habits, preferences, and even their thoughts. This information could be used for targeted advertising or to manipulate people’s behavior. Furthermore, there is the risk that this data could fall into the wrong hands and be used for nefarious purposes.

Another potential danger of AI is its ability to make decisions that are harmful to humans. While AI is designed to operate within a set of predefined parameters, there is always the risk that it could make decisions that are harmful to humans. For example, an AI-powered self-driving car could make a decision that leads to a fatal accident. While such incidents are rare, they highlight the need for robust safety mechanisms to ensure that AI operates safely.

Finally, there is the danger of AI becoming too powerful. As AI becomes more advanced, it could become capable of redesigning itself, leading to an exponential increase in its capabilities. This could lead to a scenario known as the technological singularity, where AI becomes so advanced that it surpasses human intelligence. This could have profound implications for our society, potentially leading to a world where humans are no longer in control.

In conclusion, while AI presents many exciting opportunities, it also presents significant dangers that must be taken seriously. From job losses to autonomous weapons, AI has the potential to cause widespread harm if not properly regulated. As such, it is essential that we take a cautious approach to the development of AI, ensuring that it is used for the benefit of all humanity, rather than the few. Only by doing so can we unlock the true potential of this transformative technology while avoiding its dangers.


I wrote the first paragraph of this post. The remainder was generated by ChatGPT in response to my prompt: “Write a 500 word article on the dangers of AI”

Have a nice day.

12 thoughts on “The AI horse is out of the barn

    1. The more I read about it, the scarier it gets. Fake news reports, deep fake photos that the average person can’t detect … you’d have to do a careful background check on each item to determine if it’s fake, and the great majority of people won’t take the time or have the time. Yikes.

  1. As long as AI is being developed by and for profit, I will do whatever I can to avoid it. The best example is Facebook’s nonchalance about allowing Russians to buy ad time (in rubles, no less) to disseminate disinformation. It doesn’t take much imagination to think of worst case scenarios.

  2. Holy Smokes! Teachers everywhere are pulling their hair out… critical thinking is dropping sharply every where, and AI makes it so much worse. I do not think that this will end well.

  3. The points raised in the blog regarding the dangers of AI are indeed crucial and require serious consideration. Job losses, potential misuse of AI, privacy concerns, and AI’s decision-making capabilities are valid issues that demand responsible regulation. However, I share an additional concern about the relentless pursuit of quick and accurate results in AI, often at the expense of understanding how those results are derived. In this fast-paced race for profits, understanding seems to have taken a backseat, and the focus solely lies on providing super accurate answers. Who cares about the “how” and “why” as long as we know it’s right, right? But in this pursuit, we risk losing sight of the importance of comprehending the underlying processes, potentially leading to unforeseen consequences down the line. Striking a balance between efficiency and understanding is essential to harness the true potential of AI responsibly.

    1. It’s those unforeseen consequences that worry me. The potential for good from AI is huge. Incalculable. But so too is the potential for evil. Only now are the experts talking about ways to watermark or otherwise indicate that something is a product of AI. Only now, after releasing the AI programs to the world. Watermarking and other guard rails should have been in place beforehand. Those wanting to use AI for illicit purposes now have the means, and you can bet they won’t stop to watermark or otherwise identify what they produce. One need only think about our next presidential election …

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