We are rapidly moving towards a world where AI will take over information processing and (eventually) robots will take over most repetitive physical tasks. Instead of thinking about the writers or the coders, we need to start to re-envision how we’ll support a world full of people with a ton of free time on their hands and not a ton of opportunities to be additive.
Much of the feedback, both breathless support and snide critiques, feel lightweight. The side cheering, “this is going to unleash creativity,” feels like it doesn’t actually recognize the deep humanity inherent in connecting the self to the universe. The side putting ChatGPT on blast for not producing better results perhaps fails to consider that many of these shortcomings will disappear, regardless of whether the AI ever understands that water is wet.