A Silicon Valley computer scientist, Dr. Pratik Desai, has made a confident prediction that human consciousness might be uploaded onto digital devices by the end of the year. In a tweet that has since garnered over 5.7 million views, Desai urged people to start regularly recording their loved ones, stating that with enough transcript data, new voice synthesis, and video models, there is a 100% chance that they will live forever on a screen after leaving their physical body.
Start regularly recording your parents, elders and loved ones. With enough transcript data, new voice synthesis and video models, there is a 100% chance that they will live with you forever after leaving physical body. This should be even possible by end of the year.— Pratik Desai (@chheplo) April 8, 2023
To achieve this, users have to save videos, voice recordings, documents, and photos of the deceased individual and upload them into an AI system. This compiled data will be used to create an avatar resembling the loved one before they passed. Somnium Space, a company offering an AI-based "live forever" mode, has already implemented this technology. CEO Artur Sychov stated, "you will meet the person, and you would maybe for the first 10 minutes while talking to that person, you would not know that it’s actually AI. That’s the goal."
However, concerns have been raised about the growing global dominance of AI, including "destructive" bot behavior, obsolete jobs, and false criminal accusations. A group of tech experts, including Elon Musk, is requesting a six-month break in the training of advanced AI models, stating that the systems can have "profound risks to society and humanity." The risks include the growth of "propaganda and untruth," job losses, and the development of "nonhuman minds that might eventually outnumber, outsmart, obsolete and replace us," and the risk of "loss of control of our civilization."
The use of AI in the entertainment industry is also becoming increasingly prevalent. Deepfakes use AI to manage videos, replacing the true likeness of one person with a difficult to detect imitation. One AI platform has already created a "digital twin" of Bruce Willis, allowing the actor's likeness to appear on-screen despite his retirement from acting. However, concerns have been raised about the use of deepfakes for potentially pornographic purposes.
In conclusion, despite these concerns, many still argue that AI advancements can be beneficial to humanity, including language models like ChatGPT. The ultimate goal of AI technology is to make life easier for humans, and many believe that the benefits outweigh the potential risks.
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