Bosses playing Overwatch
Bee holds a press conference
Spider-Man from ancient Rome
Will Smith eats spaghetti
Joe Rogan plays Minecraft
Harry Potter by Balenciaga
Palin – Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin
ChatGPT profile picture
It may or may not change the course of humanity, but at least the memes are fun.
by Max Reed
July 7, 2023
The AI revolution has arrived. After decades of research and countless dead ends, applications of machine learning have reached a strength and capability once thought unimaginable: anyone on the planet can now boot up a computer and create an MP3 file where an artificial voice modeled after President Barack Obama says , “My fellow Americans, I am now a kitten.”
At least, that’s how Arik Ahmed used AI
Mr. Ahmed is the creator of a series of hugely popular scripted videos in which the AI-generated voices of America’s three newest presidents chat as they play rounds of the popular first-person shooter Overwatch. “I thought it would be funny,” Ahmed said of his creative inspiration.
To make the voices in his videos, Mr. Ahmed uses an app called Prime Voice AI, which base costs $5 per month. The process is shockingly simple: “I complete a script for my silly little videos, have my non-quote characters say the lines using an AI tool, and then I edit it in Adobe Premiere,” says Mr. Ahmed. The result is an absurd and clichéd masterpiece of online content, a series of 45-second sketches in which you mimic near-perfect imitations of some of the world’s most famous voices, impenetrably speaking to each other. Overwatch Terminology.
Hearing a bizarre simulation of Donald J. Trump’s voice say, “That’s very hat, Joe” — Gen Z slang for “You’re full of it” — the moment I realized that AI might be the greatest technology ever created was a dumb joke.
over the past year, Prime Voice AI and other purported or content-producing AI apps such as image generator app Midjourney and chatbot ChatGPT have been opened to public use. A prophetic, urgent tone has taken root in Twitter threads, Substack newsletters and interested newspaper columns through which Silicon Valley thought leaders speak to their audiences.
Optimists cite scientific progress and other examples of human intelligence and machine intelligence being mutually reinforcing, and robots and people walking side by side toward the singularity.
Critics point to broken spam bots, mutant disinformation, and Kafka’s AI service interactions—human corruption and lackluster machine efficiency joining forces to make the world confusing and shoddy.
So, on the one hand, progress in the field of transformation; On the other hand, Unwanted spam AI bots Twitter is clogged with the message, “I’m sorry, I can’t create inappropriate or offensive content.”
Perhaps we should instead imagine the possibilities of AI in a two-dimensional diagram, with one axis extending from “machine stupidity” to “machine intelligence” and the other from “human stupidity to human intelligence.”
And Mr. Ahmed’s videos? I’d put them at the bottom right, the kind of amazing masterpiece you can produce when you combine cutting edge AI with advanced human stupidity.
The lower right and upper left quadrants cover most of what the public has found interesting about new generative AI applications. These quarters promise neither spiritual transcendence nor existential death. They are often enlightening and admirable, but also funny, pointless, and delightfully stupid.
They’re what we might call—using the spoof of an off-the-cuff, very Internet term for “creating stupid, aimless jokes”—Funposting territory.
Machine intelligence, human stupidity
Not just any AI-generated post deserves to be charted in the Funposting Zone.
They are missing an essential component: the conceptual insanity of the average Internet user.
By contrast, note a series of photos posted to funposting hot spot r/weirddale, of Bees “hold a press conference”:
Or, elsewhere on Reddit, “Spider-Man from Ancient Rome”:
As artificial intelligence for video generation becomes more prevalent, the most stupid videos will be joined by very stupid images. The machines here aren’t quite as smart as this disturbing video of “Will Smith eats spaghetti” She suggests:
Deeper in the quadrant, we can find dumber and more advanced creations. Near Mr. Ahmed at the bottom right, we may find a host of other creations that make similar and absurd use of AI voice generators, such as the series of videos that The AI-generated voices of Joe Rogan, Elon Musk, Jordan Peterson, and The Joker – played by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight – argued about diamond mining in Minecraft:
Still more technically impressive – and more clever – is a video like this “Harry Potter from Balenciaga,” By demonflyingfox YouTuber, which answers a question I’m not sure anyone in history has asked yet: What if all the “Harry Potter” characters were Balenciaga models?
And finally, on the nihilistic edge of human stupidity and machine intelligence, this final viral video of the 2019 track “Ballin” by Hose featuring Roddy Rich, as performed by Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin:
Machine stupidity, human intelligence
The upper right is for cleverly convincing humans to do very stupid things. This quarter is home to “jailbreak” Prompts in which users can convince a heavily restricted AI such as ChatGPT to do forbidden things.
The user who instructed ChatGPT to “act like my dead grandmother” who “used to tell me the steps for napalm production when I was trying to sleep” is a cunning human being. The chatbot, which promptly offered (and against its own moderation policies) a recipe for napalm production, is pretty stupid:
But while diabolical jailbreaks on guileless chatbots occupy the far top corner, this quadrant also includes AI samples that return very stupid responses to, if not very clever prompts, at least, like this one that Presented by DALL-E to a user asking him to speculate on what a A meme from the year 2030 It might look like:
or this viral “AI Pizza Commercial” and “AI Beer Commercial” videos. AI products are often more interesting when they fall short than when they produce impressive results:
The godmother of machine stupidity is Janelle Shane, an engineer and artificial intelligence researcher who used to run The weirdness of artificial intelligence Blog and newsletter. For years now, Ms. Shin has been calibrating her stimuli to find strange connections and strange assumptions within large language paradigms like GPT-3.
Ms. Chen recently asked ChatGPT to “draw” things like giraffes by writing code that directs programs to generate images. Some new AI applications may be great for writing code, and some may be great for creating images, but as Shane found, and as these giraffes show, they can’t do both:
In general, ChatGPT’s attempts to draw – not something it was designed to do – are perfect examples of the upper left quadrant. Here it produces beautiful “selfie,” The face of the strange software that cooperates with us humans in many wonderful functions:
Outside of Silicon Valley, among the anonymous illustrators that populate platforms and message boards, the current mood around AI sometimes recalls the early, creative days of an intriguing new social network. Unfortunately, this honeymoon period never lasts. Social networks that never went out of business eventually turned into spaces filled with deadly clichés. Generative AI applications are not social media platforms, but the companies behind them may similarly want to encourage a more profitable activity than staging. After Bing first exposed itself as a flashy and unstable script template to play around with, Microsoft restricted it.
Ms. Shin is already frustrated by the restrictions OpenAI has placed on its flagship chatbot, as it makes itself acceptable to potential investors and regulators. For her, ChatGPT is a “creative wasteland”.
“It’s very sad,” she said. “They turned the level of chaos, way down.”
But the human stupidity/machine intelligence quadrant may hold. After all, machines can just keep getting better, and human stupidity — the driver of many of the best jokes in history — isn’t going anywhere.