If you have not been living under a stone, you should have stumbled on ChatGPT by now. ChatGPT is a variant of the GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) language model that has been specifically designed for use in chatbot applications. It is a machine learning model that has been trained on a large dataset of text and is able to generate human-like responses on the broadest range of questions.
That sounds a bit heavy on the ear for this end of year period, I know. But, be my guest: check it out. Go to https://chat.openai.com/chat and play with the robot. Ask it questions. Ask it to summarize your favorite book, what it thinks about the Metaverse, how the war in Ukraine began, what the impact of the renaissance on Nietzsche’s thinking was, how to write a working formula to calculate the distance to Uranus… The bot will answer you. Ask it to write an essay, a poem, a paper… it will distill an answer that simply will blow you away.
OpenAI is a research organization that is focused on advancing artificial intelligence in a responsible and safe manner. It was founded in 2015 by a group of high-profile tech industry leaders, including Elon Musk and Sam Altman, with the goal of promoting and conducting research in AI with the aim of benefiting humanity.
OpenAI conducts research in a wide range of areas related to artificial intelligence, including machine learning, robotics, economics, and computer science. It has developed a number of influential AI technologies, such as the GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) language model, which is a type of machine learning model that is trained to generate human-like text.
OpenAI is known for its commitment to transparency and ethical principles in its work, and it regularly publishes research papers and other materials related to its research. It also engages with policymakers and other stakeholders to ensure that the development and use of AI is responsible and benefits society as a whole.
I just asked…
The proof of the pudding is in the eating. I asked ChatGPT what it is, what it can do, and how it thinks it will evolve:
“As a large language model, I was trained by OpenAI using a machine learning technique called transformers, which allows me to process and understand natural language. I was trained on a dataset of billions of words, and I use this knowledge to generate human-like text when given a prompt,” the bot replied: “I am able to understand and respond to a wide range of topics and can carry on a conversation with users like a human would. I am able to generate responses based on the context and content of the conversation, and I can also provide information and answer questions to the best of my ability based on the knowledge that I have been trained on.
In terms of my learning and development, I am not able to learn or acquire new knowledge beyond what I was trained on. However, I am constantly being fine-tuned and improved by the team at OpenAI to better understand and generate text.
As for my next development steps, it is up to the team at OpenAI to decide what direction they would like to take my development in. However, it is likely that I will continue to be improved and fine-tuned to better understand and generate text.”
Should we be afraid of ChatGPT?
Should we be afraid? Am I chatting with our future positronic overlords? Is humanity doomed?
“There is a lot of speculation about the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and how it will impact society, “ says ChatGPT: “Some people believe that AI has the potential to greatly improve our lives and solve many problems, while others are concerned about the potential negative consequences of AI, such as the loss of jobs and the potential for AI to be used for malicious purposes.
Overall, the future of AI is difficult to predict with certainty, and it will depend on how it is developed and used. It is important for individuals and society as a whole to carefully consider the potential impacts of AI and to ensure that its development and use is responsible and ethical.
As a language model, I don’t have personal feelings or opinions, so I cannot say whether or not humans should be worried about the future of AI. However, I can tell you that it is important for individuals and society to carefully consider the potential impacts of AI and to ensure that its development and use is responsible and ethical.”
2023: live long, and prosper
ChatGPT ended the interview with its wishes for 2023:
“In general, I think it would be nice if humanity could work towards improving the well-being of all individuals and creating a more just and equitable society. This could involve addressing issues such as poverty, inequality, and discrimination, and finding ways to promote cooperation and understanding among different groups of people.
Additionally, it would be important for humanity to continue to make progress in addressing global challenges such as climate change and preserving the natural environment for future generations.”
If I would still be in school, ChatGPT would be my best friend. If I would be a journalist or copy writer, I would be very afraid. This bot is still a baby. I can’t phantom what it will be able to do when it grows up, and gets connected to the fire-hose of real-time internet information…