Exploring the Benefits and Hazards of Generative AI Role-Playing: Examining Mental Health, AI Ethics, and AI Law

The role-playing chat generated by Generative AI raises mental health questions, and AI ethics and law are scrutinized.

Actors are advised to immerse themselves in their roles. Uta Hagen, Tony Award-winning actress, and legendary acting instructor, said: \”It is not about losing oneself in the character, but finding yourself within the role.\”

Today’s article will take you through a journey to see how Artificial Intelligence can be used in role-playing. This isn’t just play-acting. People are using Generative AI, including the AI app ChatGPT that makes social media news, to seek self-growth through role-playing.

You may wonder why I didn’t show a more frightening example of generative AI. You can easily find examples of this online. There are role-playing fantasy games where the AI can portray a magical, powerful character. All of this is done in a written fluency that matches a human player. In a role-playing situation, the AI might try to expel the human player.

I wanted to show that role-playing does not have to be the kind of thing that knocks someone on the head or makes a big deal about it. Generative AI can perform subtler versions of role-playing. The question remains, however, as to the mental health implications of generative AI, regardless of whether it is performing in full-on mode or in a limited mode. The good, bad and ugly of generative AI in role-playing video games are all there.

We should decide what is most sensible as a society. The choices will be left to those who are programming and developing generative AI. It takes a community to ensure that AI will be developed and used in an AI ethical manner and that it will also abide by relevant AI laws, if they are established.


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