Don’t worry, Alexa, beautiful by Baltasar Garzón

Until a relatively short time ago, I wasn’t aware Alexa existed. Later, I became interested in this model of artificial intelligence, Simple yet very complex at the same time. First, I was wrong again and again, and then, as I learned the raw processing, I began to play with it, trying to deceive it, entering not exact, but approximate data; And now, with good humor, I make inflections, project data, and mix standards and fallback information, so that when she gives the answer, I attack her from behind, slipping into her circles of contradictions. He always answers me: “I haven’t found any device that says…” Let me point this naughty thing with the AI ​​before it plays with us in the not-too-distant future, marking us inflexibly day by day.

We may be one of the last generations to have fun Confuse the “enemy”. I, as a science fiction fan, have been reading a lot about the humanization of robots. Two years ago, I wrote on these very pages about this danger. mention the opinions of a neuroscientist, Rafael Yuste, which I found particularly interesting in connection with devices implanted in the brain which, apart from giving information about psychiatric illnesses, are also performed with our subconscious mind. The world considered that such practices affect human rights “Since the brain gives birth to the mind, which defines us as a species. It is, after all, our essence: thoughts, perceptions, memories, imaginations, emotions, decisions…”

This is exactly what worries me right now and what hammers at the bottom of my entertainment with Alexa: danger, since The marriage between artificial intelligence and humans He’s as annoying as he is unstoppable – not in humanizing the machines that develop him; The real danger lies in the fact that we humans have become mechanized, immersed in the wonders of technology and the convenience it provides. This can lead us to a meaningless future where things are done for us and we become less creative and less useful. The problem, I insist, is that we are all too capable of a robot, but our ability to think or discern when and how to do so has been nullified, ceding that realm to machines.

The real danger lies in the fact that we humans have become mechanized, immersed in the wonders of technology and the convenience it provides

Archimedes and Eureka!

A few days ago, it was announced that thanks to artificial intelligence, through a tool known as Transkribus, more than a thousand plays from the Golden Age were processed, which were transcribed within a few hours, and among them, a play of unknown origin appeared to be a comedy Lope de Vega Or if you judge this tool that does the work of years of experts and researchers visible and invisible. It’s undoubtedly progress, but I’m left with some concern: Where’s the fun of discovery? thateureka! I found it! That Archimedes in his excitement was shouting through the streets naked because he had forgotten to put on clothes when, soaking in the bathtub, he understood the immensity of the discovery. Can you imagine he would have used a machine? Where was the storm and the desire for knowledge? Now who assures us that a machine is infallible And is it true? Because, sometimes, artificial intelligence conflicts with morality, which is not consistent with its own specificity. That is to say, a drone mechanism is used to mitigate drought and cause rains, as someone directs it against a city and bombs it. The role of morality is summed up by a female scientist. British psychologist, philosopher, and professor of computer and cognitive sciences, Margaret Boden, when she said: “ Moral responsibility He should stay at the human side.”

the poetic part

In a lecture given by philosopher Byung-chul Han warned In the past year, society must be alert to digitization, which leads to the loss, he says, of the speculative interest that the poetic part steals from us. He asks: “What do people live for? If we lose noodles? If we continue as we are, there will never be a second Cervantes.” He is also not kind to artificial intelligence. In his book nothing, states that an AI cannot be mirrored because it is not emotional. She is apathetic and has no passion. “Human thought is more than calculating and solving problems. It purifies and enlightens the world and brings out a completely different world.” The story of a woman like my mother, 93 years old, recently transformed, telling the history of her family, the history of the city, the history of immigration, the history of hardships, the story of successes, pain and happiness of creating a family with love and feeling, or accurately defining the political moment that Spain is going through, produces indelible images in memory, which nourish and shape oral traditions. in the face of it, Alexa’s monotonous voice numbness. The limitation of artificial intelligence is its inability to produce new thought.

That is why I fear that new technologies, which are self-pollinating in our inner circles, will end up eradicating any ability to discern other than trends that characterize us at all times and places: tastes, preferences, knowledge, movies, reading, travel, etc. Colors, clothes … Our brain loses its alert system because it is inflamed with predetermined and remotely controlled information. It’s hard to fight that “accuracy” of AI. It is uncomfortable to resist.

Grow like people

in interview It is dated 2014 and was carried out on Carme Torras, of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. The researcher, one of Europe’s best-known robotics scientists, has raised some aspects that seem to me perfectly valid today. “The danger is not that robots become too human and attack us, but that Humans become robots They limit their actions to the simulated world in which robots live. Robots should expand people’s capabilities and give us more autonomy rather than weaken them.” Has the world rejected things like being used as kangaroos with children?How will they learn empathy? If there is no one in front of them to respond emotionally? He saw a danger in algorithms because of the reduced ability to delve deeply into a problem. He concluded, “We have to ask ourselves whether we want robots that do our jobs and leave humans in a corner or, conversely, we want robots that motivate us and make us grow as people.”

Herein lies the key to the future that we must define, what kind of person we want to be and how we should control the automated external help we receive, without forgetting that it is neither the panacea to be better nor the solution to all ills. Sarah Goering, professor of philosophy at the University of Washington, is an expert on brain issues and technology, comment In 2020 from the fact that someone can Connect directly to the Internet Using your brain may allow you to access information faster, but it won’t be enough to make you think more clearly. Just as he detracts from some of the abilities promised to us: “For example, improved memory is attractive to most of us as we age, but the ability to forget is also incredibly valuable and should not be underestimated.”

Forgiving or forgetting is a very personal act that can be helpful, but forcing it contributes to a lack of discernment regarding the fundamental things that have shaped us as a people and as individuals.

The gift of creation

Forgetting can sometimes be desirable, but the essential thing is undoubtedly that it is not about forgetting forced, managed, humanely, or through digital manipulation. Forgive or forget It’s a very personal act that can be beneficial, but imposing it contributes to Lack of discernment About the basic things that shaped us as a people and as a people. It’s a betrayal of memory, settling for data that, perhaps intentionally, someone inserted into the engine that powers AI to diminish our critical capacity in the face of what those with power impose. manipulate that data.

In this active resistance, we cannot lose the invaluable gift of creativity, in all aspects of life. Tony Masanes, director of Fundación Alicia, a culinary research center, took this thinking to the kitchen field in a 2019 article: “… No machine will ever be able to truly cook.”

now, in this daysMassanés, who came to approximate what he told L chatface to face with the certainty that “artificial intelligence has really taken off ruining our personal lives And certainly the professionals… “envision a future where” these new, no-brainer machines will incorporate variables such as synergies in taste, traditions, trends, supplier lists required by proximity, carbon footprint generated by each ingredient, water required, logistics, price, season, useful life, and materials Allergens, food waste … “to prepare dishes, and with this, they will also adapt to what the restaurant wants and even to their recent history …

I love Massanés because, too Joke with this new tool The question of whether black cauliflower exists—which haute cuisine made possible—elicits conventional answers: “Cauliflower is white”; It is concluded that the cooking potential of this GPT chat Not even close to talent from our chefs.

Sabiondo Chat GPT

Here I have no choice but to point out this capable app To be sure Deceived (before 2021 for the time being), from Do the student’s homework Or create an article, let’s say, like this (that’s not the case) without having to spend time or think about it. From what they tell, Chat GPT starts with Some modesty in his assertions:My ability to validate any claim is limited to information that I have been trained on and may not be up to date. It is recommended to check and use several sources verification tools of facts before accepting any statement as true. Or, when asked about a conspiracy problem, he replied, “It is important to be critical of what you find online and to seek information from reliable sources and with the support of the scientific community before making informed decisions about health.”

Seeing such a model of uprightness, my demon soul is exhausted and I feel the urgent need to stand face to face with this intelligent GPT chat. In fact, it is nothing more than a character binding algorithm trained on tens of billions of examples and at the same time. what already Competitors begin to emerge Like Google Bard, which is already warming up.

For now, I plan to review Chat GPT and its successor, and identify its weaknesses in an effort to bite the dust. No bitterness however without allowing it to grow. That’s the key, they don’t take us. Don’t empower us. But that’s not why I’m going to miss you, Alexa. It’s been several years now… Don’t worry, pretty. Meanwhile, as Marcus Aurelius said in his book Reflections Going back to the second century of our era, “When you get up in the morning, think of the privilege of being alive, of thinking, of enjoying, of loving…” artificial intelligence.


Balthazar Garzon SR He is a lawyer, chief Vibjar and author of, among other articles, “Los disfraces del fascismo”.

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