That aforementioned concern is borne more from fears about the social and political ramifications of these developments. We're starting to actively discuss things like media synthesis, media manipulation, automation, and human genetic engineering in the mainstream. GPT-2 wasn't released precisely out of the fear it would be used for nefarious purposes right as the 2020 election season is winding up and Brexit is rapidly approaching.
And imagine phishing scams with a refined version of thispersondoesnotexist.com!
It's a scary reminder again and again that I'm not watching history happen, this isn't something that happens in some historic cycle, we're witnessing events unfold as they do unprecedented in the history of our world and so every bit of news is harrowing.
We're tied to the front of a runaway train.