January 20, 2023 technology

AI revolution … fears and hopes – ‘ChatGPT is scary good’


KUWAIT CITY, Jan 19: Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been making headlines recently with different aspects of the technology used to review books and movies, make art, and downright try to imitate humans. With all considered, should the human race fear the AI or build hopes and dreams of a better future. Cue in the San Francisco-based Artificial Intelligence Company “OpenAI”, which released the ChatGPT-3 last December with millions of users already subscribing to the service.

Skyline pictures of Kuwait produced by artificial intelligence programs.

The release of the ChatGPT-3 had attracted the attention of some notable figures with Billionaire Elon Musk commenting in a tweet “ChatGPT is scary good. We are not far from dangerously strong AI.” Speaking to KUNA from San Francisco, Mustafa Mousa — an AI expert — indicated that GPT in this particular chat-bot stood for “Generative Pretrained Transformer”, which enabled the ChatGPT-3 to come up with complex answers to intricate questions.

New invention
The ChatGPT-3 is not a new invention, chat-bots existed prior, but this new AI technology has tremendous capabilities from simplifying very complex ideas to suggesting plans for holidays, recommending presents and so on, said Mousa. So far, ChatGPT-3 had learned 175 billion parameters of data, the biggest in Silicon Valley, California’s hightech region, he added. Mousa pointed out that the company, which employed him began to integrate ChatGPT-3 into its marketing and analytic coding schemes as well as other complicated tasks due to its deep learning capabilities.

Despite all the mind-blowing abilities, the chat-bot had been banned from schools and universities in New York as it turned out that the technology was mischievously used to write essays and scientific papers, he noted.

Currently, Mousa said, OpenAI is developing the fourth generation of the ChatGPT, which would be far more superior than the current version. Further elaborating on the abilities of AI to takeover some of the human tasks, Khaled El-Bermawy, Digital Journalism Instructor at the American University in Cairo, claimed at one point, AI might replace some editors and journalists at media institutes and newspapers. AI would easily handle news on the weather, currency exchange, shares, and even sports games, said El-Bermawy, adding that graphics, data, and other information would be provided alongside.

More to the point given by El-Bermawy, Forbes Magazine predicted that one billion jobs would be up for grabs for AI in the upcoming decade, which threatened the livelihood of 375 billion humans. Providing further forewarning, data analyst at the American University of Cairo Ahmad Esmat told KUNA that the ChatGPT might increase the problem of “deepfakes”, an AI technology that creates highly detailed, but false, images, audio, and video content. AI is not all evil and dubious; however, falling in the wrong hands, chaos might enthuse, pointed out Esmat, warning that events such as the ongoing war between Russia and the Ukraine might possibly utilize AI technology to fake news stories and events.

When all is said and done, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) took Chat- GPT-3 for a spin, asking a query regarding developing the competitiveness of news agencies. The answer came along the lines the generic lines of investing in technology, embracing social media, bolstering digital journalism, focusing on delivering news to portable devices, and so on. It seems that nightmare scenarios of machines taking over — featured in Hollywood films such as the “Terminator” and others — are far from being actualized, but bear in mind, all images of people and Kuwait tagged in this particular reported are generated by a variety of AI applications.

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