My DALL-E dilemma

by | Aug 24, 2022 | Technology

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Today I read Kevin Roose’s newly-published New York Times’ article “We Need to Talk About How Good A.I. Is Getting,” [subscription required] featuring an image generated by OpenAI’s app DALL-E 2 from the prompt “infinite joy.” As I pored over the piece and studied the image (which appears to be either a smiling blue alien baby with a glowing heart or a futuristic take on Dreamy Smurf), I felt a familiar cold sweat pooling at the back of my neck. 

Roose discusses artificial intelligence (AI)’s ”golden age of progress” over the past decade and says “it’s time to start taking its potential and risk seriously.” I’ve been thinking (and perhaps overthinking) about that since my first day at VentureBeat back in April. 

When I sauntered into VentureBeat’s Slack channel on my first day, I felt ready to dig deep and go wide covering the AI beat. After all, I had covered enterprise technology for over a decade and had written often about companies that were using AI to do everything from improve personalized advertising and reduce accounting costs to automate supply chains and create better chatbots. 

It took only a few days, however, to realize that I had grossly underestimated the knowledge and understanding I would need to somehow ram into my ears and get into the deepest neural networks of my brain. 

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