Is the data true or false?


Humans have always had the challenges of misinformation.  Some inhabitants of our world use deception to hide the true nature of their intentions.  It could be due to some of our primal instincts, even insects and birds sometimes use their beauty to conceal their threat.

In 2023 we have been introduced to new AI technologies that will blow you away with their ability to mislead you.  Or maybe tell you the truth.  Misinformation is on the rise either way. 

Is it all just chit chat or marketing fluff?

Communicating on the web is on the rise with social media being prevalent even with seniors.  It used to be we would just visit someone, then phone calls, now we have the web, apps, and E-Mail. Chat, chat, chat.  They used to call all this chit chat.

Everyone has an opinion on technology, but people do not always have the right information to make an informed opinion.  This leads to information from people that are not qualified to speak on the subject, but there is err opinion.

Sometimes marketing departments get involved with the pitch or message on a product and that trickles down to product technical specs, how many times have we seen this now?  Are they just lies or it just a false promise from companies that overpromise and under deliver?

So opinions are not necessarily lies, but either way we still have this predicament of deciding “what is misinformation?”  So where do we go from here?  Will conversational AI lead us into an abyss of bad information and thoughts?  It seems there is a moral dilemma on the horizon. 

Transparency

Let us talk about the electronic tools we use.  Like Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Instagram, DropBox, LastPass, etc…?  Are they transparent with the way they use our data?  That is not clear, and it seems that as time goes by we are left more and more in jeopardy.

When you buy a tool at Home Deport its pretty clear that a hammer or a shovel will work as intended, there is really no need to read between the lines.  But with technology there are so many details and things going on in the background, how do we actually know what is happening?

Do we actually have the illusion of correctness and accuracy with the code we use in these programs? What is factual?  Are we being given the correct information?  We have seen many instances now where a hardware or software vendor will change its stance when under review.  That changes our views on transparency with the vendors we choose. 

If we cannot trust a vendor it makes sense to choose another and move on, but when you have have companies who have monopolized certain areas of technology you may feel you are not left with much of a choice.

Examples of Ethical Dilemmas with vendors using AI

  • Lack of transparency of AI tools: AI decisions are not always intelligible to humans
  • AI is not neutral: AI-based decisions are susceptible to inaccuracies, discriminatory outcomes, embedded or inserted bias.
  • Surveillance practices 
  • New concerns for fairness and risk for Human Rights and other fundamental values
  • Would you want to be judged by a robot in a court of law? 
Moral dilemmas are situations in which the decision-maker must consider two or more moral values or duties but can only honor one of them; thus, the individual will violate at least one important moral concern, regardless of the decision.
When in doubt, tell the truth.
Mark Twain
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We asked ChatGPT what the big deal is with taking things at face value, and here is what it said:

Question:  What is the problem with taking current technology at face value?

Answer:  One problem with taking current technology at face value is that it can lead to a lack of critical thinking and understanding of the potential limitations and drawbacks of the technology. This can result in overreliance on technology and a failure to consider alternative solutions or to anticipate potential problems. Additionally, taking technology at face value can also perpetuate biases and perpetuate social inequalities, as technology is often developed and marketed by those in positions of power and privilege.

Question:  What is the problem with taking things at face value?

Taking things at face value means accepting something as true or valid without questioning or verifying the information. The problem with this approach is that it can lead to misinformation and misunderstandings. People may make assumptions or draw conclusions based on incomplete or inaccurate information, which can lead to poor decision-making or even harm. Additionally, taking things at face value can prevent individuals from critically examining and understanding the context or underlying issues related to a situation or statement.

offthegridit wants you to stay informed.  Find sources of information that you trust.  Many times people take things at face value without reading between the lines.  It takes work to read the details.  If you ignore the details then you have already taken things at face value.  Find the truth or you will find the opposite.” – Michael Bolanos