Will this new language model change the world?
The day before yesterday AI was depicted in movies and books as a fantasy. Now, it’s all around us and true to the tumult of today, it’s creating both excitement and chaos. What some see as an enticing technological advancement others view as a threat. Me, I am somewhere in the middle. Let’s see where this will take us, but let’s not put our brains on vacation. Mind you, I went through college before computers were invented. Electric typewriters were my technology so the idea of being able to type a few words and get back a full written concept is intriguing.
From the writers striking in Hollywood to college professors, and literally any human engaged in writing, researching, or creating, AI has already changed their worlds. So, what is it exactly? Well, I asked ChatGPT and here is what I got. “ChatGPT is an advanced conversational AI developed by OpenAI. It is based on the GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) architecture, specifically GPT-3.5, which is a state-of-the-art language model. ChatGPT is designed to generate human-like responses in natural language conversations. It has been trained on a massive amount of diverse text data from the internet, allowing it to understand and generate coherent and contextually relevant responses to a wide range of queries and prompts.”
It went on to say the following: “ChatGPT can be used for various purposes, including answering questions, providing explanations, assisting with tasks, offering suggestions, engaging in dialogue, and more. It leverages its extensive pre-training to understand the context of a conversation and generate appropriate and meaningful replies. It has the ability to mimic human conversation and can hold interactive and dynamic discussions.”
And the disclaimer at the end: “However, it’s important to note that ChatGPT is a language model and does not possess real-world knowledge or awareness. It relies solely on the patterns it has learned from its training data and may sometimes provide incorrect or nonsensical answers. Additionally, it does not have access to information beyond its knowledge cutoff (September 2021 in this case).”
Open AI, the developer, is clear, “While we have safeguards in place, the system may occasionally generate incorrect or misleading information and produce offensive or biased content. It is not intended to give advice.”
I asked it to generate a headline for this blog, just for fun and the result was somewhat lacking in humility: “Revolutionizing Conversations: Unveiling ChatGPT’s AI-Powered Brilliance.”
Ego aside, AI is everywhere and rapidly gaining momentum. Blogs and articles are examining it. Companies are determining how to maximize it. The government is, wisely, considering how to mitigate risks.
The list of professions and professionals who will be touched by AI is infinite. Reminiscent of the advent of calculators, teachers and professors are facing it head on by encouraging students to use it alongside their own research and writing to keep the results in the open rather than stress about distinguishing between original prose and the AI imposter.
Fundraisers who now have a way to quickly draft auction descriptions, grant applications and other missives are being reminded of the importance of keeping correspondence personal and customized. Marketing professionals will have access to new and clever ideas from which to create bigger, bolder messaging campaigns. Customer service specialists can access intel and communicate effectively with their shoppers. Vacation rental owners can update and revise property descriptions to capture the attention of travelers. And the list goes on.
Being a curious human, I’m fascinated by AI and by society’s reaction. People once thought that calculators would lead to a generation who couldn’t do math. It may have but since calculators are readily available, does it matter? Word processors brought spellcheck and grammatical assistance to our fingertips, yet we constantly see typos, poor sentence structure, and errors.
Will this automation threaten jobs or will it in fact create more opportunity for those who master it? Only time will tell and according to ChatGPT, “Overall, the impact of ChatGPT and similar AI technologies on jobs is likely to vary across industries and job roles. It is important to approach these advancements with a balance of cautious evaluation, strategic planning, and an emphasis on upskilling and reskilling the workforce to adapt to the changing landscape.”
“Furthermore, while AI systems like ChatGPT can provide automated responses, they cannot fully replace human interaction and empathy, which are crucial in many service-oriented industries. Human judgment, creativity, and critical thinking remain valuable skills that are difficult to replicate with AI alone.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
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