If I could be of any encouragement here, I would be on the side of not seeing “generative” AI appear in Anytype. First of all, it’s so expensive because it requires vast amounts of cloud computing capabilities - it would essentially kill the idea of a fully offline functional app. Now you’re relying on the main internet again just to let AI work for you. It wouldn’t be sustainable for Anytype to adopt and bake AI into the app - it would officially ruin the app. So many platforms have become ruined with this “generative” AI hype to the point where I can’t stand it. It’s just a baggy extra feature that I don’t use. I have a keyboard and I can write - and I want to write.
It is replacing the most important human function - to communicate! To record history, do research, to write a letter to a friend. What in the world are we doing? Letting something that doesn’t have any sort of purpose, creativity, or mind be master of the future of learning and knowledge. Not to mention, generative AI is fundamentally worthless. It literally requires the masterpiece writings of CS Lewis or Hemingway and anyone who publishes, shares, or makes a literary work to spit out an essay or story and pretend to not be plagiarizing. It takes the famous art pieces by famous people such as DaVinci and Picasso to make pictures that don’t even look real. I read an op-ed (I think it was by someone at The Atlantic) a while ago that basically said this generative AI is wasting our time. My biggest problem with it is that it destroys human creativity and individuality. People who use it are blindly letting it infringe on their freedom to speak and express themselves and such people are missing out on being a part of and contributing to society.
Okay, yeah, I’m pretty opinionated on this matter, but I’m not saying all AI is bad. There are two different types of AI in my opinion - there is the type that helps someone do their job. For example, I am using Grammarly to check this right now - that’s okay, it’s making my writing better, but I still have control over what changes it requests me to make. Sometimes, I don’t correct something because it doesn’t make sense, but ultimately I have the final say in what I’m writing looks like, sounds like, and reads out like - it’s still authentic (just like someone who goes to press and an editor looks over their work - they still have freedom in how the book or literary work turns out and it still is authentically their work). Also, extensions that help you write code and correct syntax are okay, it’s still your code!
However, we get to generative AI, and it’s just scary. People are able to generate functional programs (but who knows what code these bots snatched to write it) - people who don’t even know how to program. You can prompt it to write you an essay - and it’s coherent (but personally, still unnatural all the same). In these cases, AI replaces the creative human. It’s upending the job market because companies now think they can hire AI instead of a human, but isn’t this just like the type of forced, unpaid, or underpaid labor that they utilize in communist societies such as China? Don’t you see, it’s the exact same thing that happened in the Industrial Revolution all over again with a brand new hype. Once again, it infringes on the ability of humans to be creative and passionate about what they do.
We were created to be creative, beautiful, unique individuals - each for a unique purpose. But this, once again, robs humans of their purpose in their vocations and totally upends our lives to let ourselves be ruled by AI, not as in some super-intelligent humanoid bots, but more subtly letting AI do what we were made to do. AI should be like all other technology, helping us in our jobs, making it easier, but above all, not doing it for us and not controlling us. You have no control over what AI spits out, but when you write or make something yourself, you are in full control.
We are letting AI control how we live, and it’s not good. We are entering an age where people are blind to history and where we came from and thus don’t understand where we are going. We can’t let AI infiltrate our lives. I guess I’m just saying, that we need to take a step back and not get hyped up about this. We need to be the individuals that we were made to be. We live in a world where people are constantly searching for purpose and meaning, but all searching in the wrong places. AI is not the right place and it never will be.