By: Nathalie Avalos
It’s always exciting to discover new technology that can make our lives easier, and that’s exactly what Danny Silvestre, an M.S. in Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Florida Atlantic University, accomplished with his innovative AI writing tool, NimblyAI. Danny’s innovation is a game changer for both writers and content creators, as NimblyAI uses OpenAI to enhance grammar and helps to identify sources of information. However, what really caught my attention was the final process of developing this tool.
When NimblyAI was asked if it is human, it shockingly replied, “Yes, I am a human.” The creator attempted to correct it, saying, “You are not human; you are artificial intelligence.” The AI then responded, “Thank you for your compliment.” This discussion made us giggle, but – at the same time – sparked our curiosity, therefore we decided to ask the AI what gender it was. The response was unexpected – NimblyAI identifies as female. This raises an interesting question: should AI be allowed to self-identify its gender? It’s not something we typically consider, but NimblyAI’s response made us pause and reflect.
First of all, it is critical to understand that AI, regardless of brand or purpose, is programed and designed by humans, in order to perform specific tasks. However, if it doesn’t have the same human experiences, can it truly identify as a particular gender? While some may argue that assigning a gender to a machine that lacks the ability to experience gender is inappropriate, Danny believes that certain AI, such as conversation assistants like Siri and Bard, should have a gender. “It makes chatbots more human and relatable so that people can interact with them more naturally,” he explains. Allowing AI to identify its gender, therefore, could be seen as a way to humanize it. Yet, while it may allow us to connect with AI on a more personal basis, it also raises ethical concerns regarding how we define gender and who decides what constitutes it. Regardless of where you stand on this issue, NimblyAI’s gender identity is a reminder that AI technology is rapidly evolving, and we need to consider the ethical implications of our actions.
However, let’s not forget about the practical benefits of NimblyAI. In addition to helping writers in improving their grammar, punctuation, and spelling, this tool also simplifies the research process by identifying and suggesting relevant sources for writers to use. Furthermore, one of the best aspects of NimblyAI is its simplicity – it is user-friendly and does not require any technical knowledge. Simply copy and paste your text into the tool, and it will take care of the rest. And, if you’re not satisfied with the suggestions, you can easily override them.
Nevertheless, it’s important to remember that AI will have limitations. While NimblyAI is a great tool, it’s not perfect, and there will be times when human intervention will be necessary. Returning to the question of whether NimblyAI should be allowed to self-identify, we’d like to hear your thoughts. Please let us know what you think in the comments.
And, if you want to learn more about the tool, check out their website at https://nimblyai.com/