Artificial intelligence has been rapidly advancing over the last decade in a good way. The latest in this development is ChatGPT, the open-source AI platform that has the world abuzz with how amazing it is. What is ChatGPT, and should it be feared?
Should ChatGPT be feared?
Whenever we witness a significant technological progress, like ChatGPT, people split into two camps. The first camp gleams with excitement at the idea of a new opportunity, while the second feels like doomsday is nearing.
But when you gaze back at tech advancement over the years, there’s a history of positive social and economic impact due to its evolution. When Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Bitcoin got released to the world, some feared the machines were rising. On the contrary, these Fourth Industrial Revolution breakthroughs are potent tools for so many to access so much.
Progress in AI creates opportunity
Tools like ChatGPT have resulted in humanity’s advancement, having created hundreds of thousands of jobs and educated billions of people. They have allowed friends and family to reconnect across the globe, invested in infrastructure in developing nations and pioneered innovation.
We can all agree mistakes got made, and users must take caution to be safe online. Still, when reading between the lines, there are silver linings that, when they present themselves, should be taken advantage of and ChatGPT is no different.
There is more opportunity now than ever
We need to harness the opportunities that AI, like ChatGPT, offer. For example, in the self-driving vehicle sector, feared to replace the vast majority of drivers, companies depend on an army of behind-the-scenes workers while drivers remain in high demand.
More on point, a Time magazine investigation found that ChatGPT relies on a Kenyan business to operate correctly. Their function is to view a range of inappropriate content before it ever reaches a user, keeping toxicity off the platform.
Furthermore, a 2020 World Economic Forum report estimated that while machines would replace 85 million jobs by 2025, 97 million new jobs will become available to support the AI sector. That’s what ChatGPT is, a new silver lining.
What is ChatGPT at its core?
Google helps us find content faster now than when librarians roamed the earth. Currently, the most valuable attribute of ChatGPT is assisting users in writing content speedily. Still, it comes with challenges that need human minds to overcome.
For example, ChatGPT and other tools commit inherent biases reflecting our societal imperfections and present stereotypes in a way that does not benefit minorities or those previously disadvantaged.
ChatGPT does save time and provides sound foundations for content, but the copy requires human refinement and personalisation. Grammatical errors and repetition need fixing and originality and authenticity must get infused into the content.
ChatGPT verse its competitors
The competitive advantage of ChatGPT is that the tool, much like search engines, gathers data from crawling the web but dissects the data providing users with solutions to more complicated questions. It uses the same human-developed content but delivers it more innovatively than its competitors. Over time we should see legacy AI tools, like Siri and Alexa evolving and helping in similar ways to ChatGPT.
ChatGPT is a disruptor like Uber was in the public transport industry or Bitcoin in the financial services sector.
The content could be better, but it’s off to a great start. It saves time but requires human refinement and soul. Grammatical errors need fixing, and human creativity is a necessity for uniqueness. ChatGPT paints things in black and white, and it’s up to us to add colour.
As the disruptive digital dust settles, humankind will move on, anticipating the next big tech development, which will come. And when it does, let’s not panic but read between the lines and capture the silver lining moments.