When AI’s become PI’s…

It is being deployed across the entire waterfront of science from particle physics to ecology. We use it to replace routine human labor, adapt models, direct autonomous vehicles and to reconfigure sensors in response to interesting events. There is still a human in the loop, but one can see the not so distant future where the artifact will be creating the hypothesis and testing it experimentally.

From the performance of the most recent Large Language Models, it’s not such a far jump to imagine accurate Wikipedia entries by AI authors–although, there is always the alignment problem: what is to stop the AI from producing realistic-looking drivel, either accidentally or to fool us.