Why Humanizing AI is, well — Stupid

Helge Skrivervik
Published in
6 min readOct 21, 2023


Image from mage.space

‘It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear.’ The book title from 2007 by renowned author Frank Luntz works in many contexts, explaining the root of many, maybe most misunderstandings. And the reason why you don’t talk to your kids the same way as you talk to a colleague or a police officer. Communication is hard — and we fail at it all the time. So why are we trying to ‘teach’ our new AI ‘friends’ to talk and be more like us? No wonder they’re becoming more stupid by the month …

I’ve been playing with AI tools lately. Image generators, music analyzers, security tools. They’re incredible, scary at times. They are also immensely complex — and using them is not trivial. Obviously — how could it be? Complex, specialized tools are always hard to use unless you’re an expert and have the training. Trying to make them simple requires dumbing them down. That would the stupid, right?

If you’re like me, you’re nodding and holding back some frustrations. It’s not that simple. We’re in a hurry — always. We want results fast and we don’t have time to become experts. And we don’t know anyone who are — or they’re just too expensive. So honestly, we really want these tools to be simpler, more accessible.

Time and again I had exactly this frustration as I was playing with hitnmix.com and mage.image last month. A friend in Silicon Valley…