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AI Language Models: The Future is Here
The AI language model has taken the corporate world by storm with its ability to both generate large swaths of text and operate as a search engine.
Right now, ChatGPT is everywhere.
The AI language model, created by the Musk-backed OpenAI, has taken the corporate world by storm with its ability to both generate large swaths of text and operate as a search engine. From writing StarTrek episodes to providing legal advice, we are just starting to learn the capabilities of this powerful technology.
Precursors to this advancement—like search engines, personal computers, smartphones, and wireless internet—all changed the way we access and share information. Throughout the digital age, the rise in popularity of new tech has caused panic and fearmongering. See, for example, the emergence of misinformation about mobile phones and wifi causing brain cancer in the 2010s.
For AI language models, the main concerns surround the information that the models are built on. Earlier language models, trained on information from the internet, produced results that perpetuated discrimination based on class, race, gender, and ability—mirroring issues that Google has endured as well, particularly in its image search.
Speaking of images, the other concern is intellectual property. In particular, the issue lies in how image-generating artificial intelligence is trained on images from across the internet and can often mimic specific artists’ styles. This has sparked outrage, with a group of artists currently preparing a class action lawsuit against Midjourney, Stable Diffusion and DreamUp.
When it comes to ChatGPT, its future lies in its search capabilities. So, to get a look inside and explore its potential competitors, I decided to ask ChatGPT itself. The following is a response to the prompt “Please write me a 400-word article on what ChatGPT is, who its competitors are and why it might be the future of search”. The accompanying image was generated by Dall-e, an AI image generator also owned by OpenAI, following the prompt “draw me a cool gorilla driving a time machine DeLorean from Back to the Future.”
“What is ChatGPT? Who are its competitors? Why might it be the future of search?”
ChatGPT is a large language model created by OpenAI that is capable of generating human-like responses to natural language queries. Unlike traditional search engines, which rely on keyword-based searches and predefined responses, ChatGPT uses deep learning algorithms to understand the nuances of human language and provide relevant answers to a wide variety of questions.
One of the key features that sets ChatGPT apart from its competitors is its ability to engage in open-ended conversations with users. This means that instead of just providing a list of search results, ChatGPT can have a back-and-forth dialogue with users, providing clarifications, asking follow-up questions, and even generating new ideas or insights. This makes ChatGPT a powerful tool for a variety of use cases, from customer service and technical support to education and research.
Some of ChatGPT's competitors include other large language models such as Google's BERT and Microsoft's Turing-NLG, as well as chatbots and virtual assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Cortana. While these systems all share some similarities with ChatGPT in terms of their natural language processing capabilities, ChatGPT's sheer size and complexity give it a unique advantage in terms of its ability to understand and generate natural language.
One of the key advantages of ChatGPT is its ability to learn and adapt over time. The system is trained on vast amounts of data from the internet and other sources, which means that it can constantly improve its understanding of language and its ability to generate accurate and helpful responses. This ability to learn and evolve is what makes ChatGPT such an exciting technology and one that has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with information.
In addition to its natural language processing capabilities, ChatGPT also has the potential to be a powerful tool for personalized recommendations and content discovery. By analyzing a user's previous queries and interactions, ChatGPT can provide highly targeted recommendations for products, services, and content that are relevant to their interests and preferences. This could have significant implications for e-commerce, advertising, and other industries where personalized recommendations can be a major driver of revenue and customer satisfaction.
Overall, ChatGPT is an exciting technology that has the potential to change the way we interact with information and with each other. While there are certainly other language models and chatbots on the market, ChatGPT's size, complexity, and ability to learn and evolve give it a unique advantage. As more companies and individuals begin to adopt and integrate ChatGPT into their workflows and applications, we can expect to see even more innovative use cases emerge, making it a key player in the future of search and natural language processing.
So, that’s ChatGPT’s opinion on its rise to power. Breaking new ground always comes with concerns. In the near term, we will continue to debate around who owns the intellectual property and creative works on which artificial intelligences are trained, as well as address concerns around how those training models may perpetuate biases or discriminatory outputs. In the longer term, AI language models have the potential to generate outputs autonomously which raises questions around who is responsible for their outputs. This all reminds me a bit of a precursor to Skynet from James’ Cameron’s Terminator film franchise
However, there are also lighter, more interesting use cases in our future. Personally, the most exciting potential use cases I see for AI are personalised education and healthcare solutions. For now, I am more excited than concerned about the future of AI.
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