AI continues to be 2023’s enduring tech buzzword, with ChatGPT, Bard, and the like generating headlines and, just occasionally, powering a shiny new use case that might improve some aspects of our lives a little as well.
Thankfully, AI hasn’t taken over the world. In fact, the looming threat of a fast-paced AI takeover has perhaps receded a little, at least for the time being. Instead, I’ve become increasingly concerned that the bigger threat comes from the fact that humans don’t really understand AI very well at all. Whether we’re asking asinine questions or finding a way to offload our work, there’s a risk that we replace our own critical thinking with an alternative that’s not yet equipped for it.