The Grand Delusion.
have used an AI-generated browser lately, such as Microsoft’s Bing, you may
have noticed that-- no matter the topic—left of center cites show up almost
exclusively, especially on the first several pages of results. These browsers
appear to be more biased than ever before, which is saying something. A New
York Post or Fox News listing may show up on, say, page 4 or 5, but typically
only after a user is made to wade through those of a slew of liberal to
for something on the Israel-Hamas war? Get ready to see a cavalcade of posts
from NPR, CNN, and MSNBC. Wish to do a little research on global warming? Your
search results will be heavily skewed to NPR, CNN, and MSNBC again—but will
also direct you to posts from preposterously radical leftist sites such as
Salon, Alternet, Slate, Huffington Post, and The Daily Beast.
most folks aren’t talking about this, it has obvious and far-reaching
implications for…everything. If it becomes harder and harder for most people to
access less biased sites, or even to check out sites tilted to the right for
balance, eventually the truth will be lost. At some point in the future then,
virtually all knowledge that the vast majority of people possess will be false
knowledge. And that is, in a word, scary.
already seen what can happen when giant social media companies—of their own
volition or under pressure by government entities—hide or manipulate
information to favor a certain candidate or point of view. This is likely to
get exponentially worse.
I recently typed “how does wisdom differ from intelligence” into a Microsoft browser.
Here is the Bing AI-generated response I received: Wisdom and intelligence
are both positive qualities involving the mind, but they are not the same.
Intelligence refers to a person’s ability to learn, understand, and apply
knowledge and skills. In contrast, wisdom refers to using knowledge and experience to make good
decisions and judgments. Intelligence is largely innate and can be measured through tests,
while wisdom is gained through life experiences and is not easily
measurable. Wisdom involves seeking truth, using knowledge, and making good
course, base their actions and decisions on the information they have. Whoever
controls that information effectively controls the world. “Learning” from
sources that promulgate fake news does not lead to intelligence.
that most folks are granted the wisdom to seek the truth. No matter how hard it
may become to do so.