The rise of AI-powered chatbots

Horizons article
January 13, 2023

In this edition of the Horizons, we look at the rise of ChatGPT and the possible dangers that comes with it. This in combination with what is needed to successfully adapt this piece of technology.

The hidden dangers of ChatGPT

ChatGPT is a state-of-the-art conversational language model which is trained on a large dataset of conversational text. While it has several strengths and its ability to generate contextually relevant and highly coherent text, it also poses certain dangers. One of the major dangers is that it can amplify any bias present in the training data. These biases can lead to unfair or discriminatory outcomes in applications such as customer service or hiring.

Another danger is its potential to generate convincing but false information, which can have serious consequences in fields such as journalism and politics, as it can be difficult to detect the inaccuracies. Additionally, ChatGPT’s abilities can be used maliciously, for instance, by spreading propaganda or impersonating someone else. It is important to put proper safeguards to minimize these risks and ensure that the technology is used responsibly.

In summary, ChatGPT is a powerful model but its use should be approached with caution due to its potential to amplify biases, generate false information and be used maliciously if not controlled properly.

(This text was written by AI chatbot ChatGPT.)

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The Implementation of GPT based models

The world welcomed AI chatbot ChatGPT with open arms. Within 5 days of the release date, one million people had used the chatbot. ChatGPT was trained on an enormous amount of text data. When asked generic questions in natural language, the chatbot rapidly spits out logically formulated, knowledgeable answers. However, when confronted about the possibility of incorrect answers, the chatbot quickly admits that it contains biases, limitations and that “cross-referencing any information provided is always needed”. The rise in usage of new generative AI technology sparks the debate regarding to what extend AI can be trusted and in what form it may be useful. While many sources focus on the limitations of AI chatbots (they lack nuance, critical thinking and ethical decision-making), these sources might miss the point that these chatbots were not made to replace human ability and intelligence; they were made to complement it. Therefore, instead of focusing on the limitations and fearing AI, the most important issue that needs attention is how we “humans” could adapt to get the most out of this new technological innovation.


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