On generative AI, phantom citations, and social callusesDave Karpf
We are on the cusp of a torrential increase in the volume of authoritative, personalized text online. We’re going to be swimming in it. A whole lot of obnoxious, office-job-tasks are about to become radically easier thanks to ubiquitous AI assistance. And that sounds nice, until you remember that everyone else will have these tools too. The next few years will be an absolute mess as we work through the chaos. And I’m not convinced that it will actually improve the quality of human thought, or make us more productive in our jobs, or help us solve any of the massive social dilemmas we collectively face.