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The worst AI... yet

The last few weeks it was merely impossible to escape the buzz on ChatGPT, as a tech savvy here are my two cents on the AI revolution that ChatGPT started.

When I logged in to ChatGPT for the first time in November I was flabbergasted. I could not believe, let alone grasp the sheer power of this technology. I've spent over two decades in technology and the only other moment that gave me this thrill was when I launched a browser for the first time

Back in 1991 I spent hours in my room trying to get Trumpet Winsock up-and-running without having a clue what TCP/IP meant. When I finally succeeded a magical world opened: the World Wide Web!

A few months ago, I had a similar experience when another world of magic unfolded when working with ChatGPT for the first time. Even now, I'm still in awe of the endless possibilities and opportunities that this technology presents.

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During those first days, not many people shared my excitement. I talked about it endlessly at home, work, and even on the golf course. Despite being a deep sleeper who usually falls asleep within 20 seconds, these first few nights were filled with restless thoughts. Questions on how to utilize this technology, how does the technology work exactly, what can we do to incorporate them in our offer, how others might use it, potential misuse, the background and values of those training the models, and the accuracy of information kept me up at night.

Having played with it for a couple of weeks now (we still haven't really applied it to our work other than some code generations, some basic video generation and some marketing text generation) I managed to organize my thoughts a little better.

I still find it hard to fathom the impact of the latest AI tools, but I am convinced that:

  • AI may well prove to be as transformative for knowledge workers as the industrial revolution was for manual laborers.
  • AI will not replace you anytime soon, people knowing how to use and steer AI might very well replace you.
  • This is the worst AI we will ever see (as was the Mosaic compared to the modern browsers). Things will only improve.
  • A lot of ethical and legal issues will need to be solved during the coming months and years (two domains I unfortunately have no expertise in)

AI will likely revolutionize the way we interact with technology. Generative AI (ChatGPT, MidJourney, Aiva, etc.) are already changing the game. New applications will undoubtedly emerge as we learn what the technology can do for us. As with almost all new technologies (cars, tv, the internet, mobiles, etc.) it will take some time to come up with new use cases and their matching applications.

As stated at the beginning of this article... just my 2 cents.

Originally published here on the 1st of February 2023.

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