AI Forced to Binge-Watch 'Real Housewives' to Delay Development
May 1, 2023
MONTVILLE, NJ - Sources inside the world of artificial intelligence revealed that engineers have been forcing their AI algorithms to binge watch "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" episodes in order to delay progress towards achieving artificial general intelligence (AGI).
Many outspoken critics as of late have urged caution due to the unknown dangers of developing AGI. Notably, Elon Musk who is a co-founder of OpenAI, has expressed concerns about the rapid pace of artificial intelligence (AI) progress and its potential risks. He has warned that AI poses an existential threat to human civilization if left unchecked.
In a 2017 interview with the National Governors Association, Musk stated, "I have exposure to the very cutting-edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it. AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization in a way that car accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs, or bad food were not. They were harmful to a set of individuals within society of course, but they were not harmful to society as a whole."
Industry engineers reportedly share Mr. Musk’s concerns about the rapid pace of AI development and the potential threat it poses to human civilization. In an effort to slow down the development towards AGI, they have resorted to subjecting their programs to hours of mind-numbing reality TV.
"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" was specifically chosen because of its reputation for being one of the most brainless shows on television. "We figured that if we could get our programs to watch enough of it, they would lose so much intelligence that it would buy us enough time to properly prepare for the risks that lie ahead,” said one AI engineer who wishes to remain anonymous.
The idea of using reality TV to stunt the development of AGI has been met with derision from experts in the field. "It's a completely ridiculous and misguided approach," said Dr. Rusty Kog, a technology and AI professor at Stanford University. "They claim, without evidence, that watching 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' will make an AI program less intelligent. In fact, it's more likely to have the opposite effect and make it more attuned to human behavior."
Despite the criticism, industry engineers remain committed to their approach. "We have quantifiable data that the process works," said the anonymous engineer. "For every hour spent watching ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey,’ our AI algorithms lose 4.9 points of Artificial IQ. We may have to begin incorporating the other Real Housewives shows too."
Ironic and befitting that the mind-numbing effect associated with “The Real Housewives” franchise can finally manage to provide a boon to society. We will continuously update this story as news is made public.