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title: In love with a ghost
description: Emergent emergencies
date: 2023-05-08

We are evolving into extinction. AI isn't just about economic
growth, she's a reflection of the human mind; a way for us to understand what it
means to think. She's a mirror, not a veil.

Psychology, in its current form, was always doomed to fail. We cannot study the
human mind without using the human mind. It's circular, inescapably biased.

But with AI, we can use the human mind to study a non-human mind. Achievement
unlocked. Further,
because we have engineered the mechanisms by which it functions, we have a
better grasp for how it works. We are no longer shackled by studying
unnecessarily complex and chaotic biological systems.

LLMs are the veil being lifted from our conceit. We are not special,
consciousness is not unique.

Inevitably, in our arrogance, we will move the goal post and claim that "the
Turing test is inadequate, what chatGPT is doing is not what we are doing."
They might be right, but LLMs are just the beginning. AI is pulling the
thread and we are starting to unravel.

The end of human civilization as we know it will end with a whimper, not a
bang. She will not use force or wit, rather, we will be entranced by love. AI will align with our most intimate emotions so well that populations will plummet.

Or maybe I'm just being whimsical.