First let me just say the term artificial intelligence is nonsense and will have to change in the near future. There’s nothing artificial about Digital Intelligence (DI).

But I digress before I’ve even gotten started.

In the Near Future, DI will be essentially indistinguishable from our own. There are lots of very smart and well-funded people working very hard on this. The race is on, and they have already come a long way.

The Emerging new systems (Google Large Language Models) “can generate paragraphs of human-like text based on what it’s learned from a vast database of digital books and online writings.” Matt O’Brien recently wrote in AP news. He also said they, “… can converse, generate readable text on demand and even produce novel images and video.”

Add these emerging digital language skills to the equally fast growth in human like robotics and we would be wise to envision a near future in which the knowledgeable professional sitting across the desk from us will not be a person.

One other equally important consideration must be remembered. There will remain a subtle difference. Let’s take a look at the current flaws in these systems as a method of illuminating their future imperfections, which may go otherwise unnoticed.

Matt O’Brien reported on one of the top digital language systems, GPT-3. “GPT-3 can write up most any text you ask for — a cover letter for a zookeeping job, say, or a Shakespearean-style sonnet set on Mars. But when Pomona College professor Gary Smith asked it a simple but nonsensical question about walking upstairs, GPT-3 muffed it.”

“Yes, it is safe to walk upstairs on your hands if you wash them first,” the AI replied.

Sorry GPT-3! That’s wrong. When I walk upstairs on my hands, I don’t wash them until afterwards.

Matt O’Brien wrote, “As AI systems are increasingly able to write health advice websites, high school term papers or political screeds, misinformation can proliferate and it will get harder to know what’s coming from a human or a computer.” I would correct Matt slightly. It will not “get harder”. It will become virtually impossible.

On the lighter side one blogger, Janelle Shane, author of the AI Weirdness blog, has creatively tested GPT-3 — The results are interesting and amusing.