Primitivism in the Era of Artificial Intelligence: Fighting Technology or Escaping to the Past?
Artificial Intelligence: A New Era in Education, Science, and Art
The news worth discussing is that the Russian "Antiplagiarism" has learned to identify text written by ChatGPT. Perhaps this may seem like progress to you. However, if we think about it, it resembles a desperate leap into the past, to an era when the only writing tools were quill and ink, and texts were only checked for literacy.
Let's delve into history: let's remember the era when Gutenberg's printing press was invented. Many believed it would be the end of culture and education. People were afraid that books would become too accessible, leading to a loss of control over information. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Similar concerns always accompany the implementation of new technologies. Let's recall, for example, the Luddite movement in 19th-century England. People who lost their jobs due to automation in production began to destroy wool and cotton mills that produced cheap stockings, undermining the livelihoods of skilled knitters. This movement continued until the English government suppressed it harshly.
But history shows that progress is relentless. Gutenberg's printing press led to the dissemination of knowledge and the development of education. Despite the resistance of the Luddites, the automation of production became the foundation for the industrial revolution and a significant increase in prosperity. Similarly, artificial intelligence and other new technologies can open up new horizons for us if we use them wisely and responsibly.
Ban on calculators, then on the internet, and now there is a threat posed by neural networks. What's next? Going back to using horse-drawn carriages instead of cars because it's "safer" and "fairer" compared to the fast pace of modern life? It sounds absurd, but such measures are often taken in the field of education, where new technologies that simplify the learning process are met with misunderstanding and resistance.
For some reason, educational institutions continue to teach students to work in conditions that no longer reflect reality. Despite the fact that modern life requires the ability to use computers, browsers, phones, tablets, and software, educational institutions still consider it necessary to restrict their use.
It is evident that attempts to "protect" the educational environment from artificial intelligence and other technologies resemble employers conducting a test to see how you would work if suddenly all the electricity goes out and you are left alone with primitive tools. However, in practice, the modern job market requires something entirely different from us: the ability to work with various programs to optimize workflows and quickly search, verify, and structure information, highlighting the most important aspects.
Imagine a picture: a modern person, naked, holding a knife in their hand, and instead of a computer, a huge stone on which they carve their thoughts and ideas. Funny? Definitely! But that's exactly how the situation looks when educational institutions ignore technologies that are an integral part of our lives.
In addition to this, it should be noted that such restrictions deprive students of the opportunity to learn using all available resources. Fighting plagiarism is important, of course. But what about learning to identify texts that are borrowed or paraphrased from books? Or identifying translations borrowed from foreign languages into Russian? Isn't such borrowing just as much a learning tool as using artificial intelligence?
Progress is relentless. Technologies change our world, making it faster and more efficient. However, many people, including some teachers and educational institutions, seem to fear these changes. They strive to preserve the old, familiar world where everything is controlled and predictable. But in reality, that is simply impossible.
The application of artificial intelligence in education, including the use of models such as GPT-4, can bring many advantages. With the help of such tools, students can develop their critical thinking, learn to express their thoughts, and argue their point of view.
On the other hand, we must, of course, learn and use these tools responsibly. This does not mean that we should rely entirely on artificial intelligence or other technologies. It is important to remember that they only complement our skills and abilities, rather than replace them.
However, we must realize that now all countries are competing in harnessing the best use of AI, just as it happened with other innovations in the past. The winners will be those who do not waste time on futile debates about bans on progressive technologies but actively utilize them instead. AI, like phones, the internet, and satellites, has already become an integral part of our lives.
Instead of fighting progress, we should learn to use it to our advantage. Look at GPT-4: a truly unique phenomenon that produces different results for different users. This is due to different prompts, queries, and the level of engagement with the neural network from the person interacting with it. Each user contributes their own unique input to the interaction process with AI, and that is why the results vary.
Instead of banning the use of powerful tools like neural networks, we should reconsider the requirements imposed on our work and texts. Even today, most scientific articles lack scientific value—they are nothing more than structured summaries of various sources compiled to meet the requirements of scientific journals.
Artificial Intelligence and Scientific Publications
With the use of neural networks such as GPT-4, it becomes pointless to simply rewrite and summarize the same information. Any child who can input a prompt and ask AI to write a scientific article with the necessary uniqueness and formatting required for a journal can already get published in a scientific publication.
And this means that scientific journals will have to raise the bar. They will be compelled to demand higher quality and scientific significance from articles. Such an approach will allow us to transition to an entirely new level of information quality, where each article is not just unique but also has scientific value.
It is worth noting that resistance to new methods of quickly generating texts often reveals those who seek to continue publishing articles without scientific value and receiving rewards for it. This situation emphasizes the need to reconsider our approach to scientific publishing and transition to stricter standards of quality and significance.
Ensuring the safety of using artificial intelligence is important. We need to create algorithms and methodologies that will help distinguish scientific articles from pseudoscientific ones, maintain the quality of information, and contribute to the effective and safe application of AI in our everyday lives.
Artificial Intelligence in Education, Journalism, and Business
The transition to a new level of information quality is not limited to scientific journals and works. In fact, all fields of knowledge can benefit from such progress.
Let's take education, for example. Textbooks and educational materials that are transformed through neural networks can provide a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the subject. No longer will the material need to be simplified for learning - AI can adapt the information for each individual student, taking into account their level of knowledge and learning pace.
In journalism, the use of neural networks can lead to more accurate, objective, and informative news reporting. Instead of writing sensational headlines and focusing on clickbait, journalists can prioritize delivering quality, verified information, as AI can adapt their work for different audiences without losing key details and context.
Business reporting can also become more accurate and informative. Instead of being limited to dry numbers and charts, reports can be detailed analytical works where AI provides deep data analysis and identifies key trends and perspectives.
Artificial intelligence in art, literature, and the historical context of applying new technologies in this field
Even in the field of literature and art, AI capabilities can be used to create more profound and complex works. Writers and artists can use AI as a tool to expand their creative potential, crafting intricate plots and images that would be challenging to achieve without AI assistance.
It is worth recalling the history of the emergence of photography, which was initially seen as a threat to the art of painting. There was a perception that photography belittled the artist, as now anyone could capture an image without using brushes and paints. However, today we cannot imagine our lives without a camera in our smartphones, and photography is recognized as a distinct art form.
The same path awaits artificial intelligence in creativity. Those who resist and refuse to acknowledge its potential are similar to those who resisted the advent of photography. However, just like with photography, time will reveal the futility of outdated views and highlight the value of new technologies in the development of culture and art.
Thus, instead of resisting progress, we should embrace and utilize it for our benefit. With the help of neural networks, we can reach a new level of information quality, where each article, report, and artificial creation is not only unique but also carries profound meaning and value.
Conclusion: The Need to Embrace Progress and Apply AI
In conclusion, I want to say that we should not hold back progress, as well as the new technologies and tools that come with it, as they offer us new horizons for learning and development. In the era of technology, it is important to remember that it is not so much the tools we use that matter, but how we apply them. Our uniqueness lies in our ability to set goals and find ways to achieve them. Perhaps it is this approach that will allow us to create an educational system of the future, a system capable of not only meeting the demands of our rapidly changing world but also propelling us to new levels of development, where knowledge is not just transmitted but continues to evolve, gaining increasing significance and generating new discoveries.