How backlash v. AI became like making a Target run

Trending on Tiktok is a funny meme in which a man, off camera, states to his wife:

“We got a Target on June 27. Another target run on June 27. Target run on June 24th. June 21st. Basically, every other day we’re going to Target. We need to figure out what’s causing us to go to Target so often, and maybe get rid of some of those things. I’m not super sure what the problem is, but we have something going on where we’re spending too much time at Target.”

These days, the backlash against AI and ChatGPT feels like the problem of Target runs.

In the Wall Street Journal alone, between July 30 – Aug. 8, the WSJ published these articles, op-eds, and podcasts:

  1. Outcry Grows Over AI Companies and Who Controls Internet’s Content on July 30
  2. Op-Ed: AI’s Growing Legal Troubles on July 20
  3. Hollywood’s Fight: How Much AI Is Too Much? on July 31
  4. Artificial Intelligence Is Creating Ethical Dilemmas. How Would You Solve Them? on Aug. 1
  5. ‘Wonder and Worry’: How Biden Views Artificial Intelligence on Aug. 1
  6. Why ChatGPT Is Getting Dumber at Basic Math on Aug. 4
  7. The Battle Over What Is Used to Teach AI Intensifies on Aug. 7
  8. AI Botched Their Headshots on Aug. 9
  9. Your New Best Friend Is an AI Chatbot. What are the Risks? on Aug. 9.

To quote the TikTok sound, “Basically, every other day we’re going to AI articles.”

Of course, the potential risks posed by AI are newsworthy. Indeed, this entire website focuses on some of those risks. So, the WSJ is performing an invaluable service, with its coverage, even if much of it focuses on the negative aspects of AI.

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