AI is a newfangled term that is on everyone’s lips – comparable to the dewy „Wende“ of the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz or his writers: energy turnaround, climate change, economic change, etc. are the fashionable new terms. Are we all threatened with a “change in thinking” by AI? AI, in English: artificial intelligence – one that is not!
The algorithms on which it is based are neither intelligent nor do they replace the cognitive abilities of users. It has nothing to do with intelligence! Nothing at all! AI only has to do with (a) correlations and (b) the probability of a question or a guessing game being correct or occurring. And that’s probably what matters to you!
The AI which is in the software can be used for questions and challenges in everyday life (actually from €20 a month) and can be operated by your assistant after a quick crash course . If until now you needed a trained programmer, now with the help of ChatGPT almost everyone can set the „intelligence“ in motion and achieve satisfactory results! Provided you ask the right questions and they don’t demand miracles from the AI! Yes, it can translate texts, write poetry, compose songs, solve difficult math problems, create profiles, make decisions and much more!
But you won’t get a Pulitzer Prize for the novel. And the scientific treatise, the article, the assessment … will also be missing essentials.
Yes, AI at the roulette table can give you the probability that the ball will land on black and not red – perhaps correctly 0.02% higher on black. But you don’t get a guarantee for that!
In short, AI can only say something about what it has been trained for. Its accuracy is definitely higher. Intelligence has nothing to do with probability. Admittedly , the change in thinking suggests that people will need it in the end. But AI cannot replace you.
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