By Dr. Jeremy Stone, NorthStar Intelligence
Quantum Clarity, Stone's Insight: Where AI Meets Labor, the Dance of the Future Begins
—Don't Strike, Just Write
For instance, The Washington Post has been using its in-house AI technology, Heliograf, to automatically generate news stories about election results and sports scores. Similarly, the Associated Press uses AI to write financial news stories. In the creative realm, OpenAI's GPT-3 has been used to write poetry and even scripts for short films.
The Inevitability of AI
The use of AI in the entertainment industry is not a matter of if but when. Deepfake technology, for instance, has already shown that it's possible to create realistic video footage with minimal human intervention. In 2019, the TV show 'The Mandalorian' used AI-based technology to create some of its backdrops. These are not isolated incidents but signs of a trend that will only accelerate with time.
The Quantum Entanglement of Labor and AI
The intricate relationship between labor and AI is best exemplified in the healthcare sector. IBM's Watson can analyze the meaning and context of structured and unstructured data in clinical notes and reports. However, it doesn't replace doctors; it aids them in diagnosis and treatment plans. Similarly, in manufacturing, companies like Tesla use robots for repetitive tasks but rely on human expertise for quality control and complex decision-making.
The Final Word: The Inexorable March of Progress—Why the Writers' Strike is the Modern-Day Luddite Movement
The writers' strike serves as both a cautionary tale and a poignant reminder of the inexorable march of progress. While the concerns of the writers are valid, the strike is unlikely to halt the advance of AI any more than the Luddites could stop the Industrial Revolution or the Shakers could halt technological progress in their time.
The quantum mechanics of our universe teach us that resistance is not only futile but also counterproductive. The Luddites, who destroyed weaving machinery in the 19th century, couldn't stop the tide of industrialization. The Shakers, despite their innovative contributions to technology, couldn't halt the broader societal changes around them. And let's not forget the horse-and-buggy industry, which no amount of protest could save from the advent of the automobile.
While unions are beginning to address the impact of AI, the growing influence of this technology in various industries suggests the uphill battle they face. Even though unions have found limited success in bargaining over the effects of newly introduced technology like AI, as noted in a Poynter article, this is akin to putting a band-aid on a gaping wound.
The future is not about man versus machine; it's about man and machine in a harmonious dance of coexistence and mutual enhancement. Unions, industries, and individuals must prepare for this new paradigm, embracing the limitless possibilities it offers.
So, as we navigate this entangled web of AI and human labor, let's not forget that every action has a reaction. The writers' strike is an action, and the reaction is the inevitable advancement of AI, which will not wait for any union's approval. The sooner we accept and adapt to this reality, the better equipped we will be to navigate the entangled web of our AI-driven future.
At NorthStar, through the dance of qubits and code, I pen the future's boundless promise. And that future, dear readers, includes AI as an integral part of our societal fabric. So, let's not strike against the future; let's write it together.