As artificial intelligence continues to pique the curiosity of millions, I have compiled this evolving frequently asked questions document to address how I am employing, and plan to employ, AI on Blogs of War. This will also, hopefully, clarify my stance on various questions surrounding this technology and serve as a resource for questions unrelated to AI.
Does Blogs of War publish material authored with assistance from or by AI?
Absolutely. Any stories crafted by AI, or with AI assistance, are distinctly identified in several ways. Posts that feature AI-generated content are categorized under one or more AI-related tags, which currently include AI, AI Fiction, and ChatGPT. That list might expand over time. Additionally, a statement acknowledging the use of generative AI will appear at the end of every relevant post. It will look something like this:
I also typically pen an introduction to such posts, detailing the rationale and method behind the incorporation of generative AI.
Does Blogs of War publish other forms of generative AI content?
Indeed. I utilize Midjourney to create cover images for select posts, which will be mentioned either within the post itself or in an accompanying caption. Sometimes I use ChatGPT to create the prompts that generate those Midjourney images but I won't always detail that step.
Will Blogs of War publish other AI-generated content without explicit labeling?
Occasionally. AI might be employed for tasks like spell checking or minor grammatical edits, as well as crafting post blurbs or headlines. In such cases, the use of AI may not always be explicitly disclosed due to the repetitive and cumbersome nature of doing so.
What is your perspective on AI?
This technology offers an unprecedented spectrum of potential and risk. I consider it the most significant development of our time, and perhaps even in human history. Navigating the vast potential of AI—where even overwhelmingly positive outcomes can give rise to equally consequential risks—will be a daunting challenge for humanity. Nevertheless, AI has already emerged, and we must boldly embrace it, strive to comprehend its intricacies, and do everything we can to responsibly navigate the transformation to come.
But what about disinformation, deep fakes, and the like?
Brace for a deluge of such content. The potential for boundless positive solutions is countered by an equal potential for malicious use. As someone who actively works to combat disinformation, this is a pressing concern. However, I believe that the true risks lie in the exponential capabilities and efficiencies brought about by AI. The technology will radically alter every aspect of our lives and do so at an unprecedented and almost unfathomable pace. Our greatest challenge will be to navigate the imbalances that cascade from each new capability and the ripple effects generated by each novel implementation.
Why aren't you discussing the risks?
While I do focus extensively on these risks professionally, much of my work is safeguarded by non-disclosure agreements and thus cannot be shared here. Nevertheless, I will explore some of these issues and delve into possible future scenarios, both optimistic and pessimistic, through AI-assisted fiction. I also highlight critical discussions on these topics on my Micro.blog and on Mastodon. My primary public-facing focus lies in exploring the full potential of AI, learning to responsibly incorporate it into the realm of intelligence analysis, and experimenting with its applications in forecasting and scenario planning through short fiction.
“Blogs of War generated this text in part with GPT-4, OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model. Upon generating draft language, the author reviewed, edited, and revised the language to their own liking and takes ultimate responsibility for the content of this publication.”