You know, I’ve been thinking about your reply to this lately. Mostly about why you find it relevant. And I think I’ve finally come up with the words for my thoughts lol.
I feel like I find the research relevant (albeit less than I think a lot of people), but for different reasons.
See you, and a lot of people I’m noticing in this space, discuss research like this like it adds to a skillset, and it takes off as if it’s this “new” technique. To be clear, that’s totally okay, and I’m not arguing or invalidating that by any means!
However, what’s really interesting to me is that where people are finding these phenomena as “documented techniques” I simply see “more alignment to well-documented psychological and linguistic phenomena”. And maybe that’s what bugs me about the research being done and the way we talk about it. What’s interesting and relevant here in my honest opinion isn’t the technique, but its continued correlation and resemblance to actual, real, well-known things in psychology and in discourse analysis / semantics (linguistics stuff). If we just looked over the fence a little bit, we begin to see some really fascinating overlap. This continues to happen the more AI research like this gets out.
So while people look at this research and go “oh that’s cool”, I’m over going “Yet another phenomena we can add to the list here that sounds an awful lot like research x in field y”. Considering these discoveries are coming from models that already exist too, it tells me there’s so much more we might not understand and we might be overlooking.
That’s all I wanted to say lol. It’s not bad research, and I’m not poo-pooing it. Maybe I just want more people in the AI space to look at things more broadly than seeing all of this as simply techniques to a toolbox. Because if we later discover a lot of these techniques can apply to human interaction, or be extrapolated easily for human interaction, to what degree will people use that for manipulation?
This research for example is relatively innocuous for that, but it’s like, for all this talk about “safety” hoo-ha, the real dangers are staring us right in the face, and we keep getting distracted by “can it tell us how to build a bomb?” and it’s driving me nuts.