The Seven Wonders of the Google AI World

May 12, 2023

Vea4_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumb_tNote: This essay is the work of a real and still-alive dinobaby. No smart software involved, just a dumb humanoid.

I read the content at this Google Web page: I found it darned amazing. In fact, I thought of the original seven wonders of the world. Let’s see how Google’s statements compare with the down-through-time achievements of mere mortals from ancient times.

Let’s imagine two comedians explaining the difference between the two important set of landmarks in human achievement. Here are the entertainers. These impressive individuals are a product of MidJourney’s smart software. The drawing illustrates the possibilities of artificial intelligence applied to regular intelligence and a certain big ad company’s capabilities. (That’s humor, gentle reader.)

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Here are the seven wonders of the world according to the semi reliable National Geographic (l loved those old Nat Geos when I was in the seventh grade in 1956-1957!):

  1. The pyramids of Giza (tombs or alien machinery, take your pick)
  2. The hanging gardens of Babylon (a building with a flower show)
  3. The temple of Artemis (god of the hunt for maybe relevant advertising?)
  4. The statue of Zeus (the thunder god like Googzilla?)
  5. The mausoleum at Halicarnassus (a tomb)
  6. The colossus of Rhodes (Greek sun god who inspired Louis XIV and his just-so-hoity toity pals)
  7. The lighthouse of Alexandria (bright light which baffles some who doubt a fire can cast a bright light to ships at sea)

Now the seven wonders of the Google AI world:

  1. Socially beneficial AI (how does AI help those who are not advertisers?)
  2. Avoid creating or reinforcing unfair bias (What’s Dr. Timnit Gebru say about this?)
  3. Be built and tested for safety? (Will AI address video on YouTube which provide links to cracked software; e.g. this one?)
  4. Be accountable to people? (Maybe people who call for Google customer support?)
  5. Incorporate privacy design principles? (Will the European Commission embrace the Google, not litigate it?)
  6. Uphold high standards of scientific excellence? (Interesting. What’s “high” mean? What’s scientific about threshold fiddling? What’s “excellence”?)
  7. AI will be made available for uses that “accord with these principles”. (Is this another “Don’t be evil moment?)

Now let’s evaluate in broad strokes the two seven wonders. My initial impression is that the ancient seven wonders were fungible, not based on the future tense, the progressive tense, and breathing the exhaust fumes of OpenAI and others in the AI game. After a bit of thought, I am not sure Google’s management will be able to convince me that its personnel policies, its management of its high school science club, and its knee jerk reaction to the Microsoft Davos slam dunk are more than bloviating. Finally, the original seven wonders are either ruins or lost to all but a MidJourney reconstruction or a Bing output. Google is in the “careful” business. Translating: Google is Googley. OpenAI and ChatGPT are delivering blocks and stones for a real wonder of the world.

Net net: The ancient seven wonders represent something to which humans aspired or honored. The Google seven wonders of AI are, in my opinion, marketing via uncoordinated demos. However, Google will make more money than any of the ancient attractions did. The Google list may be perfect for the next Sundar and Prabhakar Comedy Show. Will it play in Paris? The last one there flopped.

Stephen E Arnold, May 12, 2023


One Response to “The Seven Wonders of the Google AI World”

  1. Trust in Google and Its Smart Software: What about the Humans at Google? : Stephen E. Arnold @ Beyond Search on May 26th, 2023 5:20 am

    […] Let’s consider Google’s seven wonders of its software. You can find these at this link or summarized in my article “The Seven Wonders of the Google AI World.” […]

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