In the ever-evolving world of artificial intelligence (AI), the past few months have seen a flurry of developments that have amazed and inspired tech enthusiasts around the world. From OpenAI’s upgraded chatbot GPT-4 to Midjourney v5 technology generating photorealistic images from text prompts, the potential applications of AI continue to grow at breakneck speed.
In the world of entertainment, the concept of fully AI-generated movies is only a few years away. Users will be able to generate or reshape content according to their mood, requesting an AI program to create a rom-com or other movie genre featuring their own photoreal avatar and that of other celebrities or characters. Runway Gen2 Text to Video has already demonstrated its ability to take descriptions and generate entire trailers frame-by-frame, allowing anyone with a unique or interesting premise to test their ideas online and get public feedback.
However, there are also concerns that the technology will be misused, leading to fake news and political manipulation. This was demonstrated recently when the Republican National Committee released an AI-generated attack ad in response to President Biden’s announcement he was running for reelection. The ad showed fake imagery of a dystopian future where 500 banks had collapsed and China had invaded Taiwan.
One of the more fascinating aspects of AI evolution is how visual memes have transformed into art, being created in the style of famed directors such as Wes Anderson, and even generating entire trailers for imagined remakes of films such as Harry Potter or Star Wars. The possibilities for AI-generated content are limitless, empowering anyone with an imaginative concept to create something unique and inspiring.
However, the most intriguing aspect of AI technology is how it synergizes with other emerging tech and industries. For example, ChatGPT, an AI language model, has been incorporated into robot dogs by Boston Dynamics, allowing them to answer questions using their AI-trained voice as they collect data during missions. While this is a compelling demonstration of AI’s versatility, it also highlights concerns about the potential weaponization of robots in the wrong hands and the need for appropriate governance of these emerging technologies.
AI and blockchain technology have much potential to enhance one another, particularly in the world of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). Crypto payments are a perfect fit for AI, which can be programmed to perform any action a human can do. Decentralized rails are essential for DAOs to function, where autonomous cars, for example, can figure out how to fuel and repair themselves, build more of themselves, configure themselves into swarms, and migrate from one location to another. Additionally, chatbots trained on users’ voices to automate payments, add transparency, and make voting more secure are already in use.
Overall, the future of AI and its impact on society remains exciting and somewhat daunting at the same time. However, as we continue to expand our understanding and integration of this emerging technology, it is clear that the benefits and possibilities of AI are evolving at a staggering pace.