Google has invested heavily in AI for many years, hiring the brightest minds, funding research, building computing infrastructure, and acquiring companies like Deep Mind. This investment has helped AI to reach its current power and reach. However, Google’s dominance in the AI market is now being challenged by OpenAI, a non-profit research company backed by Microsoft and other tech giants. OpenAI has released several impressive AI models, including ChatGPT, which is capable of carrying on conversations that are indistinguishable from those of a human. Google is now under pressure to keep up with OpenAI’s progress, and it remains to be seen whether the company will be able to maintain its lead in the AI market.
While Microsoft has made many important contributions to AI, and has spent billions of dollars doing it, they have been at a slight disadvantage due to Google’s extensive computing power. But things are starting to change. Just like when Bill Gates saw the future of DOS and leased it for $75,000 before creating his own company, Microsoft, now Microsoft threatens to grab the golden Google AI goose. Microsoft has heavily invested in OpenAI and when their ChatGPT was released to the public, Google’s power over the AI search market was put at risk. Now they are trying to keep up with the rush to profit off of AI before they were actually ready.
This story also illustrates the battle that is happening between tech capitalism and tech science. While both groups have been profiting nicely off their work, some of them seem to be more motivated by profit, while some seem to be more driven by scientific curiosity and a desire to make the world a better place through technology. This difference in motivation can lead to conflict, as tech capitalists may be willing to prioritize getting the product to market quickly in order to make a faster profit, while tech scientists may be more cautious and want to make sure that their work is safe and tested before it is used by millions of people.
To preserve freedom and advance science, these two groups must learn to work together and balance their different goals. Tech capitalists have the resources and the drive to make AI a reality, while tech scientists have the knowledge and the expertise to ensure that it is developed and used in a safe and responsible way. By cooperating they can ensure that AI is a force for good in the world.
Bill Gates still owns shares in Microsoft. As of March 2022, he owns 1.38% of the company, worth around $28.6 billion. Gates is a very influential board member, is the company’s largest shareholder and has a deep understanding of the business. He was one of the initial investors in OpenAI, and he has continued to be involved in its development because he is a strong believer in the potential of artificial intelligence, and he sees OpenAI as a leading force in the field.
After the AI explosion caused by OpenAI, Google told its employees to stop sharing research on AI in February 2023. In an email to employees, Google’s AI chief Jeff Dean said that the company needed to “slow down and take a more thoughtful approach” to AI research. He said that Google needed to make sure that its research was “aligned with our values” and that it was “being done in a responsible way.”
Dean’s email was met with mixed reactions from employees. Some employees supported the decision to slow down research for safety reasons, while others were concerned that it would stifle innovation and questioned the siloing of previously open information. It is still too early to say what the long-term impact of Google’s decision will be.
Another aspect of the AI battle that you don’t often hear mentioned is the battle of worldviews. Many don’t realize that technology scientists tend to be socialists at heart. They have the utopian goal of creating a world where everyone benefits equally from the technology they are developing and they actually believe this is possible. But the tech CEOs live in the real world of money and profits and they are the ones pulling the strings. And no matter how well-meaning some of these tech-topians may think they are, if they have rejected God, they are dangerous to freedom. The public must be protected from their socialist dreams.
To preserve true freedom, not the democracy espoused by Soros-funded NGOs and philanthropists like Pierre Omidyar, we must preserve free market capitalism and keep tech out of the hands of the globalist overlords. I don’t have much hope that this will be possible, but we should vote for policies that protect free markets rather than those that give governments more control. Therefore, beware the calls for strict regulation of technology and breaking up of tech monopolies, that is unless you have a better company waiting to take over. The breakup of AT&T could not have happened until other companies were ready.
However, despite its many possible advantages to the world, the real danger of the rise of AI is that the public will no longer be able to make decisions because of deep fakes and misinformation and these are already fooling people. There isn’t much we can do about the AI battles, so sit back and enjoy the show! And stay awake because Jesus is coming back soon.
I think your last sentence says it all, Paula.
My husband was reading about a woman who received a call and heard her daughter crying hysterically on the other end, “You’ve gotta help me, Mom!” Then a man’s voice came on saying “We have your daughter,” and started making demands. You guessed it – AI. Her daughter hadn’t been kidnapped, but the trauma about killed that mother. Although a scenario like that seems far-fetched, AI can do that kind of thing now, especially with voices of kids (or anyone) who have been on TikTok or other social media. My suggestion is for parents to establish a password with their kids that no one outside the family knows, to use in cases of emergencies. If the voice they hear doesn’t use that word, it’s not their kid.
We had a friend on the West Coast, had the same experience. Can’t remember how much money they scammed from them (ransom threat) but it was several thousand
Wow … It’s unbelievable how cruel people can be out of sheer greed. Seems downright demonic to me.
Yep. I mentioned having a code word in another post. I need to send my kids a reminder.
Scientists do research because they are fascinated by their field of interest. It may be biology or software. And they are paid a pretty penny and live quite well. They are far from socialists.
The problem with scientists is that they pursue their dreams, but often do not understand the consequences of their discoveries. That is why we still need kids to go to college and study philosophy and the humanities.
These kids will be able to tell the geeks and nerds that they are about to or have opened Pandora’s box.
The problem with AI, Crisper and nuclear science, is that you can’t keep this stuff a secret.
And while some people may agree to follow a set of rules, there will always be those who will not either for profit or power. That is just human nature. Just as capitalism is human nature.
CEO’s are also big fat capitalists and are paid to maximize share holder value. Even if it means simply buying up stock and doing nothing useful.
I know I am pessimistic but I only see big problems in our future due to these developments in AI and bio-tech.
We are going to need more than thoughts and prayers.
I agree .