Another word for the lexicon: when bullshit meets AI you get "botshit".
"we’re nowhere near the point where an AI can do your job, but we’re well past the point where your boss can be suckered into firing you and replacing you with a bot that fails at doing your job... there’s a huge difference between producing a plausible sentence and a good one. After the initial rush of astonishment, the stench of botshit becomes unmistakable".
The ubiquity of botshit stems from the fact that so many people benefit from it:
- the tech's purveyors, obviously
- the tech's boosters, abettors who integrate AI into their product "and then quietly hire legions of humans to pick up the botshit it leaves behind"
- (aside: while I'm integrating GPT into myhub, I'm glad to say I'm not falling into this trap - so far I haven't been impressed with the actual utility, but by opening it to other users I remain hopeful that together we'll find something)
- their users who, "when the bot fails [them]... manufacture their own botshit, assuming they must be bad at prompting"
- critics: "doomsayers who form an unholy alliance with AI companies by parroting their silliest hype in warning form" - see also "“criti-hype,” coined by Lee Vinsel, who points to many reasons for its persistence, including the fact that it constitutes an “academic business-model”".