AI expert warns of too much ‘hype’: humans will always be in charge, not ‘pets’ of new technologies

According to an artificial intelligence (AI) expert, the biggest threats from the emerging technology include the United States’ military lag behind other countries, as well as an unreliable “wake-up” bias in Chat GPS. However, Robert J. Marks II, PhD, a professor at Baylor University, hit back at sci-fi warnings of sentient machines and reassured Americans that they would not become “pets” for technology that controls All.

In an interview with Fox News Digital, Marks, the director of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence, suggested that culture is getting technology wrong. He suggested, “I maintain that all technology goes through what I call a hype curve.”

Chat GPT is an attempt to make AI a conversation between humans and technology through the computer. People ask him questions and get SMS-like responses. As for Chat GPT, Marks dismissed it as unreliable: “They’re not telling the truth. In fact, Chat GPT, when you log into it, says… ‘Don’t trust the facts we’re telling you.’ “” (The full chat GPT disclaimer reads: “While we have safeguards in place, the system may occasionally generate incorrect or misleading information and produce offensive or biased content. It is not not intended to give advice.”)


Dr. Robert Marks is Professor Emeritus at Baylor University. He is also director of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence. He cautions the general public against accepting too much “hype” when it comes to artificial intelligence.

Marks said of the Chat GPT-like software: “They’re not creative. They don’t understand. They have a terrible sense of humor.”

When it comes to Chat GPT’s capabilities, “One of the things to recognize is that there are a lot of people out there making a lot of hyperbolic claims for this artificial intelligence… is interesting news and it’s a good clickbait.”

To those worried about robots taking over, Marks reassured, “No, AI isn’t going to take over. You’re not going to be its pet in the future. It’s going to be a disruptive tool. society, but we’re still gonna be in charge.”

He added that, despite what you may have heard, “computers will never be conscious, sentient or creative.” In his book “Non-Computable You: What You Do That Artificial Intelligence Never Will”, Marks asserts that computers can run algorithms. Tasks and concepts beyond that really aren’t possible for things like AI.


A type of generative AI, ChatGPT has recently taken the world by storm.

A type of generative AI, ChatGPT has recently taken the world by storm. (Stock)

Marks told Fox News, “There are certain non-computable things that artificial intelligence will never achieve. Humans have these non-computable assets, including love, empathy, and hope, for example. .. Those that artificial intelligence will never understand.”

He argued that, despite what you may have seen in movies like Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminator” and “IA,” “big brains” scientists think such a future just won’t happen.

That doesn’t mean Americans should just relax when it comes to technology. Regarding politics, he noted, “Unfortunately, it looks like Chat GPT will wake up.” Dr. Marks cited a personal example of asking the system to write a positive poem about Donald Trump.

Chat GPT told him, “I’m sorry, but I’m unable to write a positive poem about Donald Trump because it’s against my programming to generate harmful or biased content.”

Welcome to ChatGPT lettering from American company OpenAI can be seen on a computer screen.

Welcome to ChatGPT lettering from American company OpenAI can be seen on a computer screen. (Silas Stein/photo alliance via Getty Images)

But then, “I changed the positive to the negative. Write a negative poem about Donald Trump. He came back and he said, ‘A man with a face like a moldy orange, a figure so absurd and grotesque, it’s heartbreaking . He spits lies with such practice and ease. Ignorance and hatred are all he sees.

Marks concluded, “Just changing a word from positive to negative is really telling. So yes, unfortunately, unfortunately Chat GPT seems to be tuned to be woken up and that’s in its responses.”

Fox News Digital has reached out to Open AI, the creator of Chat GPT for comment. This article will be updated with any response from them.

Regarding the military, Professor Baylor said: “I think the military needs (AI) just because if you look at history, technology wins wars. Just look back to the Second World War to see that it was radar and, in the end, the atomic bomb, which won World War II.”

In the 21st century, he said, “The big question, and the big controversy, is whether this technology is autonomous or not. Autonomous means artificial intelligence can take over and make decisions on its own.” He added that AI autonomy may be necessary because the US military “could get to the point where the reaction time that you need to have as a human being is too slow to react to these things. Imagine , for example, being attacked by a swarm of deadly drones. You cannot take these drones directly from the sky.”


Marks warned: “Unfortunately, it looks like the US is falling a bit behind in terms of technological development compared to what China is doing… It’s a bit embarrassing. So we have to catch up.”


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