CHATGPT FOMO FUD FUBAROld man yells at cloud
Today I attended an open source conference. The topics covered a healthy mixture of industry topics. But one throughline cut through attendees, speakers' off-hand remarks, and the schedule itself: AI and specifically ChatGPT. I directly observed:
- Pre-talk bro-chat about which model was better.
- Caveats that the Stack Overflow data didn't represent a time when ChatGPT was yet prevalent
- Quips that the ChatGPT room was bigger than the current speakers' accommodations, maybe they should have spoken about that
- Actual content-driven concerns that AI would exasperate a particular accessibility problem a speaker was addressing
It was distracting. It was...disruptive.
And we've been here before.
And with crypto, blockchain, NFTs... I felt a similar frenzy wash over spaces, waves on a shoreline. The palpable FOMO (fear of missing out) and chasing of new and trendy. This time, another dimension: uncertainty. FUD (Fear, uncertainty, doubt).
If it matters. I'll hear about it eventually. This is one place I just cannot yet spend cycles on. I'm getting to a point in my career where I sorta relish NOT learning about something. Echos of my CSS-Tricks article, "I don't know." (Still the URL I am most proud of)
An attendee I talked to went to a ChatGPT roundtable. He said it was just a bunch of guys talking about what they thought. Seemed on brand.
FUBAR, I say.