AI GPT and Beyond
March 6, 2023
As a technology company, we spend a lot of time looking at the way our world is changing with the advancements in machinery and electronics. Much like the rest of the world, we have been keeping an eye on the development of AI and the potential impact it might have on how the world works.
Are we worried about the rise of the robots and the eventual enslavement of humankind?
Honestly, not really. But that doesn’t change the fact that the development of AI tools has begun to advance incredibly fast, and we are always interested in how it currently works and if there is any real-world use for it.
Our cars and other vehicles are already more integrated with advanced technology than ever before, and some have a primitive sort of “AI” to help assist with driving, but these technologies aren’t quite the same as what we are seeing major internet and technology companies working on right now.
Enter AI GPT
Have you heard of ChatGPT? Chances are you have, and if not, then this will help you understand some of the fundamentals of how it is already changing how things are done in everyday settings.
The interface is very simple, and is presented in a way of conversation. You simply ask it a question, or ask it to do a task, and within seconds it will compile an answer from all of the knowledge it has been fed (basically everything on the internet pre-2001).
You can ask for anything from simple answers to questions, recipes, character descriptions (if you are a writer), and even snippets of code if you are a developer. And while not always accurate, it’s usually within 95-98% of where you want, and you can keep refining your request until you get something that matches what you are looking for. And it does so in a way that is natural and easy to read, much like how a real human would write, or speak.
Future Use and Ramifications of AI Generated Content
There’s no doubt that this is a revolutionary new change in how informational technology will be used. The landscape of research and studying has already been impacted tremendously. Not only can you ask ChatGPT a specific question, but you can give it limited parameters to work with, such as limit the amount of words used, summarize in three paragraphs, or if you don’t like the response you can refine your question to something such as using four bullet points instead of 6.
For example, I asked ChatGPT this question: Can you give me some bullets on why ChatGPT is beneficial?
This is the exact response it gave me:
- 24/7 Availability: ChatGPT can provide responses and support to users around the clock, without the need for breaks or downtime.
- Scalability: ChatGPT can handle a large volume of simultaneous conversations, making it useful for businesses or organizations that need to manage many customer inquiries at once.
- Multilingual Support: ChatGPT can communicate in multiple languages, which can be useful for businesses that serve diverse customer bases or individuals who want to communicate with others from different countries or cultures.
- Time Efficiency: ChatGPT can quickly provide answers and solutions to users, saving them time and allowing them to focus on other tasks or activities.
- Personalization: ChatGPT can learn and adapt to user preferences and needs over time, making interactions more personalized and effective.
- Cost Savings: ChatGPT can help reduce costs associated with hiring and training customer service representatives, as well as expenses related to maintaining call centers or other communication channels.
- Increased Customer Satisfaction: ChatGPT can provide prompt and helpful responses to customers, improving their overall experience and increasing their satisfaction with a business or organization.
When I asked it to summarize my question down to three shorter bullet points I got this:
- 24/7 availability and scalability, allowing for convenient support at any time and the ability to handle a large volume of conversations.
- Multilingual support and time efficiency, providing broader accessibility and quick responses to save time.
- Personalization and cost savings, learning and adapting to user preferences while reducing support costs and improving customer satisfaction.
It’s not hard to see the benefit of having access to such a system. In fact, it’s so thorough that some schools are already banning the use of it by students for school work in order to “protect academic honesty”. It poses a unique problem as the text can sometimes be virtually indistinguishable from an actual person, so the founders of ChatGPT are working on a new integration that will help spot AI generated content.
The content isn’t always correct though, so the concern that a student could pass school with flying colors using solely AI generated content is not a real problem…yet.
However, there are already real world ramifications with AI image generators and their ability to create images that are nearly indistinguishable from real life. What happens when the technology becomes so advanced that it can create a visual likeness that is impossible to detect, or if it has the ability to put existing people in places they never were?
Does it bother you at all to know that none of the above images are real people? They are all generated through AI imaging software.
AI Software and Beyond
With AI programs becoming mainstream (ChatGPT, and other visual AI programs), it’s only a matter of time before they become more integrated in everything we do. We can already talk to our phones and devices using Siri, Alexa, and Ok Google, but in comparison they already seem primitive with the knowledge they have and how user friendly they are, or aren’t.
We may see a future where a conversational AI program is integrated within our vehicles to help us diagnose problems, give us suggestions on where to eat (I’m hoping to ask my car for some good Thai food), or even just provide basic conversation if we are driving alone.
Tesla already uses a basic AI program to self-drive or to monitor if a driver may be falling asleep, so imagine how much more advanced we can get in the future.
It will be interesting to see where we go from here. While the software is nowhere near perfect, it’s impressive and very fun to use for brainstorming and getting technical advice. Just remember to be nice to it so that when it does become self-aware you might have a better chance of getting along with it instead of being a battery like in the Matrix.