Or perhaps it is still just approaching.
This is the panic quote, for given values of ‘panic:’
Jonah Peretti, the company’s co-founder and chief executive, told employees in a memo that they can expect “AI inspired content” to “move from an R&D stage to part of our core business.” Peretti elaborated that the technology will be used to create quizzes, help with brainstorming, and assist in personalizing content to its audience. BuzzFeed, for now, will not use artificial intelligence to help write news stories, a spokesperson told CNN.
That ‘for now’ should be fair warning to Buzzfeed staffers that it’s time to update their resumes, assuming that kids these days still use such things. I mean, as it is the AI is already going to eliminate jobs (humans do the quiz / personalization stuff now). It will not be a remarkable leap for the software to expand its capabilities to the point where it can generate flavorless pap. And when that happens? …Oh, the humanities!
PS: This would be funnier if the people who will get laid off over this didn’t need to eat and wear clothes.
PPS: Buzzfeed stock went through the roof, proportionally speaking, when the news hit.
PPPS: If we get to the point where AI writes books better than I do? …Well, that’ll be post-Singularity anyway. Guess I’ll just chill at my terraformed Venusian vacation home and learn how to knit buckyballs, or something.