From the Infinite Conversation website, came the endless AI-generated discussion between Werner Herzog and Slavoj ižek. What is the use of these AI-generated conversations? The creator explains:
By the end of 2022, it’s cheap and easy to produce very good AI-generated content that closely resembles the “real thing”. This applies to videos that resemble celebrities (commonly known as Deepfakes) or, as in the case of Infinite Conversation, speeches.
This project aims to raise awareness about the ease of using tools to synthesize real sounds. Today, any motivated fool can do this with a laptop in their bedroom. This changes our relationship with the media we consume online and raises questions about the importance of official sources, breaches of trust, and gullibility.
Will this technology lead to a massive proliferation of sub-optimal quality content? Should we not believe anything we see online? As new tools are developed to help identify generated content, I recommend maintaining a skepticism, especially when the source/channel of information appears to be unreliable and when claims seem unreasonable or outrageous.
In the end, I don’t see this as a technical problem, but as a human problem. We all share the task of educating future generations about the new paradigm while focusing on forming compassionate individuals who will not abuse this incredible power.
As an AI optimist, I remain hopeful that we will be able to self-regulate, and that we will conduct experiments like Infinite Conversation for what it is: a fun way to help us imagine what our favorite people would do, if we have it. unrestricted access to their minds. Art and Philosophy, exemplified here by Bavarian director Werner Herzog and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj ižek, can guide us as we navigate these treacherous waters.
Listen to Herzog-Žižek’s endless conversation here.
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