Board Converting News, January 8, 2024

bilities. But the use of the word should not be to frighten us. Its purpose, as in the book of Revelation, is to teach us to think of about the future in a way that satisfies our lives here and now. Instead, the apocalyptic-like pandemic era Converter Outlook: Part I (CONT’D FROM PAGE 30)



jolted inflation, pushing the cost of living to the worst levels in four de- cades. We have handed the keys to the cities of Angels, the Windy City, Big Apple, etc. to elected leader- ship whose actions ring hollow. Our once-beautiful cities have turned into skid rows, which just keep skidding further into the perpetual problem of poverty. There are loft-

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ier ambitions to the enigma, but king makers along with public employee unions influence resolutions with various self-serving interest and common sense has left the build- ing. “My crystal ball reading for 2024 predicts the AI Chat- GPT systems will lead to an evolution of services; Those services once provided in-person will be almost entirely remote. It means talking to AI doctor or AI tutor over a com- puter monitor screen. These vast troves of communication options pose new and increased risks to our society by flooding the internet and media with disinformation. Here evil can masquerade as good and hope based on lies. False promises can appear to be the voice of truth, the result of open AI coded apps in elections or digital com- merce. The change will automate jobs, and create weak and poor listening entrepreneurs, leaving few guard rails for remote work in a system that is already in desperate need of transparency. In turn, out of the realms of science fiction, chatbots outputs will be our apocalyptic future. “Consider last year, Walmart, with 100,000 suppliers, was using chat-GPT to negotiate procurement contracts. Other middlemen leverage chatbots to decide how many workers and at what wage scales to hire or transfer, thus avoiding blind optimism. There is an ever-winding fear AI will eliminate jobs and content by replacing images, voic- es, and faces with computer generated versions as is seen in movies, cyber security issues, politics, etc. “Paper supply company management teams will, in the short term, disempower more employees, requiring esca- lating coercion with diminishing returns when recasting customized AI systems. Often these proactive entities with unique technical challenges are setting up their untrained members for failure. It’s a slippery slope phenomenon where authorized managers become like hogs feeding in a trough in their eagerness to buy questionable talent, wrong software, or unproven advanced machinery. This risk-taking with Al informed analysis is in our DNA; if this is so, future Outlook writers will be chat-GPT based. “However, chatbot worship will not turn most of us from golden calves into a plethora of smart, but tarnished cows.


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