Did you know that you can use the latest AI model of ChatGPT for a variety of things? From debugging codes to writing them, you can use it as a Linux terminal, explain concepts, get fabulous conceptual ideas, find answers to your homework and assignments, do translations, write music, do the math, solve problems, and a host of other cool stuff. So, is ChatGPT the future of technology—an unmanned free flow of technology not operating on our “will” but instead capturing us and placing us “at its mercy”?
You know, the other day my neighbour actually told me, “What is this kitar pitar” you keep doing all day on your laptop?” I answered calmly, “Nothing, Aunty, just trying to write some blogs and articles.” Imagine her actually saying, “Kya faayda, ChatGPT can do a better job!” I was gobsmacked and yet compelled to think—could it really be true?
What is Chat GPT? Inception?
ChatGPT, or Chat Generatively Pre-trained Transformer, is an OpenAI chatbot that will be released in November 2022. Built upon the family of GPT-3’s large language models, it is fine-tuned with both supervised and reinforcement learning techniques.
Interacting in a conversational way, the dialogue form makes it possible for ChatGPT to answer follow-up questions, challenge incorrect premises, as well as filter and reject inappropriate requests. On a much more advanced note, it actually admits its own mistakes too! A sibling to InstructGPT, ChatGPT is trained to follow instructions by way of a prompt and thus provide a detailed response.
Well, the viral chatbot, which drew more than 1 million users soon after its launch, is drawing more and more investors to generative AI.
This chatbot is powered by large amounts of data and computing techniques to make predictions that string words together in a meaningful way. They tap a vast amount of vocabulary and also understand words in context, thereby mimicking speech patterns while also displaying encyclopedic knowledge.
While one may argue that Google and Meta have developed their own large-scale tools, this one by OpenAI is a revolutionary move, creating a user interface that enables the general public to experiment with it directly.
You already know that Microsoft is fine with employees using ChatGPT. The only instruction given to them is “just make sure you don’t share sensitive data with it.” Yes, why shouldn’t they be advocating its usage after having invested like a billion dollars in its creator?
So, now comes the question: Does this look like tech’s next boom?
The Buzz And The Theories
Yes, certainly, as the rumour mills go, ChatGPT is certainly fueling investment in other generative AI startups. Thanks to it, in the last 3 months, AI start-ups have certainly raised big rounds of highly reported valuations and investments. Naturally, all venture capitalists want to get in early on the technology that has the potency to bring about landmark transformations, especially when most other technologies seem to be waning.
So, will it change the future?
ChatGPT is undoubtedly the next big technological boom, as I like to refer to it, given the speed, technology, and ease with which it is latching onto users.
I mean, consider this: Microsoft, which actually laid off 10,000 jobs just recently, has actually made a multibillion-dollar, multi-year investment in it, taking faith in the technology, which is growing smarter each passing day.
But, amid the clear fact that this could very well be substituting for major white-collar jobs soon, are we crying “wolf”?
The wolf is at the door!
From health care to publishing to financial services, all industries are vulnerable as far as the rise of this technological “giant” goes. Did you know that recently, ChatGPT actually scored higher than humans on an MBA exam taken at Penn’s elite Wharton school? I mean, imagine what the future actually looks like, you guys.
Certain fields are surely at risk of being supplemented by AI—journalism, education, software, and a host of others. Although it has been banned in NYC schools, ChatGPT, as a matter of fact, “can easily teach classes already.” So, educators’ roles changed overnight, huh?
Website designers and engineers, like simple coders, are at risk of becoming obsolete. Likewise, CNET’s attempts to window-dress its stories with the help of AI are proof enough of how well GPT can supplement our creative juices too.
Yes, the wolf is at the door. And again, it is up to us to stop that door and ensure that it does not pry into our comfort zone and displace us totally.
While Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, has issued “code red,” according to reports, even going so far as to call Larry Page and Sergey Brin to help expedite Google’s AI projects, there is a strong possibility that AI will completely eliminate Google’s search engine result page in a year or two.
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Yes, researchers say that the disruptive, revolutionary nature of this model of ChatGPT cannot be ignored. And yet, they also say that such LLMs, or large language models, are not also advanced enough to support AGI, or artificial general intelligence, which is the pre-requisite bridging aspect here. As humans, we are and will always be cautious of new technology that can potentially threaten our “special position” on this planet. Deep-rooted, intensely backed-up research in the field is sure to ensure that such AI is designed for the people who will use it instead of just for the technology itself.
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