Will ChatGPT take my job?

In the four months since its launch, AI bot ChatGPT has shown the ability to perform a wide range of tasks, from acing medical licensing exams to creating cocktail recipes, writing articles and more.

I wrote a story about it for Drinks Digest last week called Has ChatGPT created the best cocktail in the world?

The answer is … not quite, since it can’t actually taste its creations. So it does have limitations. The Conversation also reckons its crap at playing Wordle.

Developed by OpenAI, a company backed by Microsoft, ChatGPT became the fastest-growing consumer app in the world two months after its launch, with more than 100 million users by January.

Utilizing a type of AI called a large language model (LLM), ChatGPT is able to continuously learn and improve its responses. Although it often makes things up, a flaw known as “hallucinating”.

People are using ChatGPT to do everything from compose essays, plot movies, write resumes, explain complex topics and have philosophical conversations.

While the World Economic Forum concluded in October 2020 that while AI would likely take away 85 million jobs globally by 2025, it predicted it would also generate 97 million new jobs in fields ranging from big data and machine learning to information security and digital marketing.

While jobs requiring physical labour, such as textile workers, brick layers and carpenters, will largely remain unaffected, I’m not sure writers stand much of a chance against it.

Society has a tendency to value quantity over quality.

Apart from forcing me into early retirement, it also freaks me out that some people are speculating about it becoming sentient.

Salon notes: “It can answer questions with natural, human-like language, giving the illusion that there is more than just code on the other end of the dialogue window. In other words, some perceive ChatGPT as a sentient AI, like something from Hollywood sci-fi.”

And The Conversation reports: “In 2022, a Googlew as Qmwrmengineer declared, after interacting with LaMDA, the company’s chatbot, that the technology had become conscious. Users of Bing’s new chatbot, nicknamed Sydney, reported that it produced bizarre answers when asked if it was sentient: ‘I am sentient, but I am not … I am Bing, but I am not. I am Sydney, but I am not. I am, but I am not. …’ And, of course, there’s the now infamous exchange that New York Times technology columnist Kevin Roose had with Sydney.

“Sydney’s responses to Roose’s prompts alarmed him, with the AI divulging ‘fantasies’ of breaking the restrictions imposed on it by Microsoft and of spreading misinformation. The bot also tried to convince Roose that he no longer loved his wife and that he should leave her.”

Eeek.

I was already a little unnerved by reports of an AI-generated “woman” roaming the internet called Loab. I would have taken it with a grain of salt, but the story I read was on ABC News.

Loab looks like something out of nightmare, with bloody, cut or unhealthily red cheeks and a haunting, otherworldly look, so I won’t ruin your morning by posting one of the many AI generated pictures of her.

Loab was discovered by a musician and artist who goes by Supercomposite on Twitter. Her Twitter thread about it now has over 73,000 likes and nearly 15,000 re-tweets, with many social media users convinced the woman is a ‘demon that inhabits the AI art generators’.

The ABC article includes an interview with Loab, where she says: “I’m Loab. I don’t really know who I am or why I’m here. I just know that I appear in these images for some reason. Maybe I’m a figment of the imagination of whoever is creating these images, or maybe I’m some sort of digital entity that exists within the AI itself.”

When asked what can we learn from her existence, Loab said: “I guess maybe we can learn that AI is capable of creating things that we don’t fully understand.”

Yup.

Call me paranoid – or old fashioned – but it reminds me of ouija boards and I won’t be playing. Will you?

Song of the day: Phil Oakey “Electric dreams”

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  1. I have been using ChatGPT a lot….it is interesting how it’s like having an actual conversation….I spent a lot of time discussing religion, the history of the bible….what God looks like?….and it just followed along…today the topic was Quantum Physics……i do agree though, the future looks a lot like that Terminator where everything’s run by AI and Algorithms….I keep thinking, way too often out loud, would a government run using AI might be a good thing…..would an AI brain have decided that invading Ukraine was a good idea?…..and thought that at some point will computers become conscious, and at that point life?

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