May 22, 2023

A Golden Age of Artificial Intelligence

Are we at the start of a golden age of artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence (AI) language models, like ChatGPT and Google’s Bard, have an uncanny ability to produce human-like text responses.

ChatGPT scours the internet for data and can mimic the style of renowned writers or write for a specific age group.

Here’s an example of ChatGPT describing itself in the style of Dr. Seuss in 50 words:

“In the realm of data, where ChatGPT thrives,

A GPT-4 wonder, it learns, and it strives.

A language master, so bright and true,

Helpful, delightful, it’s here for you.

Through layers and neurons, it processes fast,

A clever companion, your questions it’ll cast.

Witty and wise, a digital feat,

This chatty creation makes life complete.”

These new AI chatbots are more than just writers; they can act as personal assistants. You can ask them for advice, cooking recipes or even computer coding. They can make many mundane tasks much more manageable, maybe even better! 

Are we ready to integrate AI into our daily lives? There are unintentional effects of artificial intelligence. 

Do we need higher-paid technical writers if a human writer can draft technical literature using ChatGPT? 

If Chat-GPT can write computer software, do we need computer programmers? 

If AI models can write computer code, do they have the ability to update themselves? 

Is it a problem if AI replaces some of the tasks humans currently do? 

AI is a tool, neither good nor bad, but the device’s application can be hurtful or even destructive. How can we ensure that AI will never be used for these nefarious purposes?

Will there be, in the future, an AI model called Skynet, referencing the dystopian future in the movie “Terminator”? Do we need something similar to the “Three Laws of Robotics” from Isaac Asimov’s “I, Robot”?

Humankind has been in this situation before, at the start of the Nuclear Age in the late 1930s. There can be significant adverse effects of nuclear development, but there can also be substantial benefits regarding green energy.

So far, humankind has coexisted with nuclear technology. Let’s hope we can do the same with artificial intelligence.

It’s clear that the conversation about this new technology is just heating up, and we still have lots of unanswered questions. Questions like whether we should be aware of how and when AI appears in our lives. For example, was this article generated by ChatGPT? How do you know? And why does it matter?