AI: The Flattening of the Subjective Human Experience

Ian
3 min readJul 25, 2023
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AI has been around for decades but only in recent years has gained widespread attention in the media and on various platforms.

Nowadays, we interact with AI daily, encountering it in different forms. From the social media algorithms that keep us hooked to our phones to chatbots like Chatgpt, Bard, and Jason, AI significantly enhances our online experiences. Beyond that, AI has also made its mark in the art world, as we witness a flood of AI-generated artworks on social media.

The effects of AI on the human experience

AI has changed our lives in various ways that we might not notice immediately, here are some examples:

  • Confirmation bias: The algorithms used in social media tend to personalize content based on a user’s preferences and past behavior. While this might sound harmless, People are exposed only to content that aligns with their existing beliefs and opinions, effectively filtering out opposing viewpoints. As a result, people may struggle to understand and empathize with others who have different experiences and perspectives.
  • Superficial Interactions: The rise of AI-driven chatbots and virtual assistants has led to some cases where face-to-face interactions are replaced. Although these technologies offer convenience, they often lack the depth and authenticity of real human connections.
  • Decreased attention span: The constant stream of short, attention-grabbing content can shrink our attention span. AI-powered social media algorithms show us personalized and bite-sized information, making us prefer quick and interesting interactions. This makes it harder to focus on deeper, more extended activities that require longer attention.
  • AI-driven content creation: AI can generate articles, videos, and even artwork. While this has benefits in terms of efficiency, AI-generated art can devalue human creativity. It’s harder for human artists to stand out. There are also concerns about the ownership and authenticity of AI-generated art.
  • Privacy concerns: AI raises privacy concerns as it extensively collects data, conducts surveillance, may experience data breaches, and operates without explicit consent. Additionally, AI can exhibit bias, engage in facial recognition, and track users’ locations.

How AI helps us

AI helps us in various ways, enabling us to work more efficiently without compromising quality. It plays a vital role in personalized healthcare, individualized education, protecting our digital world, and accelerating scientific research. As AI advances, it opens up new opportunities for collaboration and innovation, shaping a promising future for humanity.

AI vs human contact

Talking to an AI is different from talking to a human because AI lacks emotions and empathy. It follows predefined rules and responses, while human conversations are more dynamic and nuanced. AI may mimic human-like responses, but it can’t truly understand emotions or connect on an emotional level. Human interactions are more open-ended and authentic, AI conversations feel structured and limited by their programming. While it serves various useful purposes, it can’t replace the genuine emotional depth of talking to another person.

Human connections are irreplaceable and essential to our existence. We can inspire, empower, support, and create something truly beautiful and unique. No AI can ever surpass the genuine warmth and impact of our stories, ideas, and conversations.

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