Friday, January 27, 2023

ChatGPT’s Worker Bees

It’s a bad year for the tech industry. Not only has it lost value in the stock market and laid off thousands of workers, it has broken most of its promises. Neither clean energy nor autonomous cars nor the metaverse, not to mention the disillusionment of crypto, web 3 or 5G. With one exception: Generative models like ChatGPT have exceeded our expectations and fueled our imaginations. This is going to be a big year for Artificial Intelligence (AI).

OpenAI is the star. It aims to raise more than $29 billion in the coming days, including $10 billion from Microsoft, to change the way we search the web. However, the real innovation from LaMDA (Google), Galactica (Meta), Dall-E2, and ChatGPT (OpenAI) is the user interface. Natural language is such a powerful interface that it exceeds its potential to transform and destroy us. If they do, it won’t be because of the singularity.

The magic of ChatGPT lies in predicting one word before another in the most inspiring way. It’s evolutionary and proud descendant autocomplete Search engines and for this also they need our help. As Australian academic Kate Crawford says in her Atlas of an artificial intelligence, “They are not autonomous, rational, or capable of understanding anything without extensive and intensive training.” ChatGPT relies on the labor of hundreds of unskilled workers, who are paid less than $2 an hour to expose themselves to some of the most disturbing content on the net.

GPT-3 learned to master spoken language by assimilating hundreds of billions of pieces of Internet content, including the kind of forums that don’t always represent the best of mankind. To keep from saying atrocities or repeating the propaganda of supremacists, anti-vaxxers, QAnon fanatics and other toxic groups that flood the internet with misinformation campaigns, a good purge is needed. A process that involves hand-searching and labeling content that you do not want to be repeated, including sexual abuse of minors, bestiality, murder, suicide, torture, self-mutilation or incest. To do this, OpenAI subcontracts it to companies in Kenya, Uganda, or India that also do work for Google, Meta, and Microsoft.

For wages between 1.22 and 1.85 euros an hour, thousands of unskilled workers probe the darkest corners of human nature. In countries without labor rights that guarantee minimum training or psychological support, they are exposed to more than eight hours a day. This is the paradox of artificial intelligence: it is consuming more and more humans. the model is called IA Potemkin or artificial, A term coined by essayist Astra Taylor to describe the illusion of automatism created by thousands of hidden people, the secret goblins of the AI ​​workshop. They are the slaves of the 21st century, cursed to steer the boat in the dark of the streets so that the ship moves as if by magic, promising us freedom.

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