ChatGPT: Everything you need to know about the viral, 'groundbreaking' AI bot - National |  Globalnews.ca

ChatGPT: Everything you need to know about the viral, ‘groundbreaking’ AI bot – National | Globalnews.ca

Is artificial intelligence taking over? Well, the latest ‘groundbreaking’ AI chatbot trained to interact with users with advanced capabilities is certainly creating quite a frenzy in the tech world.

Known as ChatGPT and created by a company called OpenAI, the software is designed to use algorithms to generate human-like responses to a wide range of inputs.

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“ChatGPT looks like a human being,” Varun Mayya, CEO of Avalon Labs, which makes the software, told Global News. “It’s like a human being, except it has all the knowledge of the world.

Users can ask AI to write essays, poems or scripts, or even translate or summarize text. He can also answer questions on a wide range of topics or solve coding problems.

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Plus, it remembers previous texts so users can ask follow-up questions in a conversational way.

“It’s like the early days of the Internet, right in the 90s, when everybody’s like, ‘Is this a thing? Isn’t it,” said Mayya, who has been developing software for ten years. “But it’s definitely a thing now. It is very groundbreaking.”

Assistant, friend or therapist?

At some point, says Mayya, everyone will be using ChatGPT.

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“I think everyone will use it eventually. Everybody gets their executive assistant, everybody gets their friend, everybody gets their therapist,” he said.

With a wealth of knowledge, ChatGPT can be virtually anything the user makes it to be – taking on the role of a chef and providing recipes, creating business plans for marketers, creating press releases for public relations specialists, or providing advice as a therapist.

“It will definitely bring a lot of value to the average person,” Mayya said.

ChatGPT launched on Nov. 30 and by Dec. 5 — less than a week later — had already surpassed one million users, OpenAI’s CEO said. Sam Altman.

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Since then, the terms “ChatGPT” and “OpenAI” have become breakthrough searches on Google Trends in Canada and internationally.

The software is currently free as it is in the research phase, although there are plans to charge for it.

“We’re going to have to monetize it somehow; the computational cost is tempting,” Altman said online on December 5.


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‘Coming for all’

With ChatGPT’s current capabilities, Mayya says it is “impressive” as an employee.

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“I imagine a lot of people are going to lose their jobs, unfortunately. It’s coming for everybody,” he said. “The era of the creator is coming to an end. It will be the era of the imaginative person, and the imaginative person will use all these magical tools and create things.”

“No white-collar job will be spared, not even musicians,” Mayya added, adding that it could be anything from content writing, architecture – to filling in as a company CEO.

“This is getting scary.

Software is not always accurate. It can write plausible-sounding but incorrect or nonsensical answers, as pointed out by its creator.

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According to Katrina Ingram, CEO of Ethically Aligned AI, a social enterprise launched last year committed to consulting and educating companies about artificial intelligence, this creates a risk that users will believe what they are told, even if it is not true. .

Katrina Ingram, CEO of Ethically Aligned AI.

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“People might think it’s really authoritative and accurate, which it’s not,” she told Global News. “That could be really problematic.

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According to Ingram, ChatGPT is what is known as a “large language model”.

“This means that when you ask a question, the model refers to this really large set of written information to generate an answer,” she said.

“Because it was trained on dialogue, the response that comes back feels much more conversational. You feel like you’re talking to someone, not like you’re searching.’

“She seems to me to be very good at certain things, almost in a scary way,” she added.

As artificial intelligence advances at a robust pace, ethical concerns come into play, according to Ingram.

When thinking about the ethics of ChatGPT, attention must be paid to the high cost of running the language model and its impact on climate change.

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“Cost is a big factor. There is a lot of calculation behind these things. There is a lot of energy consumption,” she said.

Last month, Meta also announced a new large language model AI software called Galactica that can “store, combine and reason with scientific knowledge”.

Launched with a public online demo, the software only lasted three days before being disabled.

In addition to users noting that the responses generated by Galactica were incorrect or biased, she also had a tendency to generate hate speech.

Despite the deactivation, the model code is still available to anyone.

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Like ChatGTP, AI art has also taken over social media thanks to software like Lensa AI and DALL-E 2.

As of December 6, Lensa AI was the best free iPhone app. Although there is no cost to download the app, users must pay a fee to access personalized AI images of themselves created with the technology.

The app uses artificial intelligence algorithms to edit and edit users’ photos to create “Magic Avatars” – a feature introduced last month. The process is driven by a model called Stable Diffusion.

As more and more users jumped on the trend, the app’s creator, Prisma Labs, raised prices on Dec. 3 to keep up with demand.


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“Right now we are experiencing increased demand, the price increase was necessary to keep the service running,” the company said online.

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“We figured out that living and working at a higher price is better than being cheaper but barely working.”

Before Lensa AI became widely known online, DALL-E 2, another software created by OpenAI, was known for the digital images it could create from text descriptions.

Although companies like Prisma Labs say they don’t believe AI-generated images will replace digital art, many artists say there is a threat.

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For Gabrielle Drolet, a Montreal-based New Yorker cartoonist, the AI ​​trend is “hard to calculate.”

Just as some say ChatGPT could have the potential to take away jobs, she said AI art could have the ability to take money away from artists.

“I hope it doesn’t have too much of an impact on the community, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it does,” Drolet told Global News. “It’s scary and sad when you think of the illustrators whose work is being stolen and the ones who don’t make money because of it.

“People make art for a living and art is important.”

— With files from Reuters


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