Spilling the Téa 5-1-24: Eh I dunno

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Good morning, everyone. Apologies for the lighting issues; it’s an ongoing battle with my setup. Sometimes the angles are unflattering, but we make do. I scheduled this stream without knowing if I’d be in the mood, and honestly, I’m not entirely feeling it, but let’s keep it brief.

I’ve touched on AI in previous streams, and there’s a lot to unpack. The most crucial point is the nature of arguments on the internet, especially around AI. Social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn are essentially a NeverEnding forum bump, where the same arguments recycle endlessly. In the old days of internet forums, people would tire out and move on from arguments. But social media has made it so that new people continuously reignite these debates, leading to an infinite loop of contention.

For instance, the culture wars, including debates on gender and DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion), are prime examples of this perpetual cycle. They’re cleavages, deeply rooted in worldviews and values. AI discussions often fall into this category, with arguments about ethics, legality, and societal impact. People argue over the semantics and technicalities, but the broader question should be: What kind of society do we want?

The internet has evolved from a place of community and shared knowledge to a battleground of ideologies and exploitation. Tech companies, with their vast resources, often operate at the expense of users. This imbalance of power is something I’m passionate about addressing, which is why I retrained in law. The legal system, despite its flaws, is a tool we can use to challenge these imbalances.

A significant issue with AI is the ethical use of data. Companies like OpenAI initially presented themselves as non-profit and focused on public benefit, only to later pursue massive valuations and profits. This bait and switch erodes trust and highlights the need for clearer regulations and ethical standards. If you’re using public data, there should be a commitment to public good, not just profit.

The broader problem is that many people, especially new users, lack the historical context of the internet’s evolution. They don’t remember the early days of forums and the implicit social contracts that once governed online interactions. This lack of context leads to a misunderstanding of the principles of open-source and public benefit.

Moreover, the rise of conspiracy theories and misinformation has further complicated these discussions. People get sucked into these rabbit holes, often missing the bigger picture. It’s essential to zoom out and focus on the principles of who we are and what kind of society we want to build.

In conclusion, we need to remind ourselves and others of the foundational principles of the internet: community, sharing, and public good. We should strive to create an online environment that reflects these values, rather than one dominated by exploitation and endless arguments. Let’s focus on making the internet, and by extension, our society, a better place. Thank you for your time and patience. Let’s continue to have hope and work towards positive change.