The Hidden AI Problem

Artificial intelligence exploded into public consciousness last year. Science fiction became reality in many ways. Now, you can ask a chatbot to compose a finely-tuned poem. You can ask an image generator to create a new piece of art in the style of your favorite artist, and you can deep-fake your favorite singer’s voice to sing an original song never before heard. These are momentous changes in the realm of content creation. Even AI-generated videos are becoming near-lifelike. Our society will need to make many adjustments to accommodate this new technology and what it means for public consciousness.

Some complain, rightly so, that programs like Chat GPT have a politically correct bias built into them. OpenAI has taken steps to remove some of Chat GPT’s partisan affiliations, but a little bit remains. This is not the real problem with our new AI tools, though. The real problem touches the depths of the human soul.

The book of Genesis tells us that when God created man, He created man in His image. We, as human beings, are blessed to share certain qualities with God. These qualities are what make life fruitful and beautiful. God shared with us his ability to create. He is the master creator, so He imparted some among us to create beautiful art and music. From Michelangelo to Vivaldi, the divine spark of creativity shines through the human story.

Creation is something very special for human beings, but it is also something that AI threatens to take away. AI isn’t forcing us to give up our creativity under the barrel of a gun, but rather with the allure of ease. German Catholic philosopher Byung-Chul Han notes that being creative requires that we undergo some pain. AI promises to make it easy, but the consequence is that our creations will no longer stem from the Divine spark of creativity God shared with us.

If you want to create something, be willing to sweat and bleed for it. It’s worth it.

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