AI: Am I...Being Replaced?
Posted October 16, 2023
In 2023, artificial intelligence is busy. It crafts blog posts, designs advertisements, answers customer service complaints, and even completes homework assignments. And those are just a few of its newer skills — it’s been reviewing resumes, manufacturing automobiles, suggesting songs, recommending products, and surveilling human faces and bodies for years.
These activities have long required human minds and, in many cases, eyes, ears, mouths, or hands. Now, it seems reasonable for people to ask, “Am I being replaced?”
Brian Magerko, professor and director of graduate studies in digital media in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, approaches the question related to the creative and social interactions between AI and humans.
“I think there are other areas of life where we will say, ‘A human’s touch is really important,’” Magerko said. “It is about there being a connection to another person, to feeling heard, or to hearing someone else. The fact that human hands touched and made this thing becomes encoded in that object, poem, or song, and we appreciate it more because of that.”