The Big Questions About AI in 2024

Let us be thankful for the AI industry.

Its leaders may be nudging humans closer to extinction,

but this year, they provided us with a gloriously messy spectacle of progress.

When I say “year,” I mean the long year that began late last November,

when OpenAI released ChatGPT and, in doing so,

launched generative AI into the cultural mainstream.

In the months that followed, politicians, teachers, Hollywood screenwriters

and just about everyone else tried to understand what this means for their future.

Cash fire-hosed into AI companies, and their executives,

now glowed up into international celebrities, fell into Succession-style infighting.