AI Wrangling
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When I was growing up, if you had told me I was going to be an “AI wrangler” as an adult, I would’ve
By eclecticprime https://eclecticprime.tum...

AI Wrangling

by eclecticprime

When I was growing up, if you had told

me I was going to be an “AI wrangler” as an adult, I would’ve

thought that was the coolest thing ever. Artificial intelligence?

Robots? Sign me up!There’s nothing like the truth of

adulthood to shatter a kid’s dreams.Maybe, once upon a time, working with

AI was a bleeding-edge field. Something to get you up every morning.

Really creating, really innovating. Every day a new discovery. But

that was about two decades ago. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of

majoring in AI studies without realizing the shift over my lifetime.Now I spent three-quarters of my day

filling out reports. Running elementary tests over and over again as

the AI routines cultivate themselves in the premade incubators we

bought from Cytech. If anything shows up anomalously, I get to apply

my education and intellect to… actually, I’m just kidding. I file a

ticket off to Cytech support who logs in to fix whatever and I

continue on my day.I think I’ve had an actual conversation

at work maybe three times since I started work here six months ago.

There’s only a few of us in the “lab” and there’s not much need

to talk. We all do the same thing and nothing really changes. We’re

all fairly introverted or we would have found a different place to

work. I think one of them is named Sandy? Or Sammy?At first, it was fun to watch the

little customer-friendly traces run around on the screen, giving some

life to the complex and arcane computations happening inside the

incubators. Eventually, though, you realize that they’re just

pre-packaged animations dancing around with some seeding from the

current AI state. They get in loops and patterns and they all blend

together.Which was why I was kind of surprised

when I logged in one morning and the icons were very clearly arranged

into letters:HELP

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