A glimpse into the future.
The year 2023 promises to be a game-changer for the world of AI. As the digital age progresses, we are entering a realm of infinite possibilities, where the distinction between the real and the virtual becomes increasingly blurred.
In this context, it's essential that we take a moment to reflect on where we stand and where we're headed.
Right off the bat, this post was written by yours truly with no use of ChatGPT or any other AI assistant other than the spell-check or autocorrecting on my smartphone. I think it's fair play.
I've found myself several times smack dab in the middle of tech transitions, advocating for new tools available and, well, it has been a painful process to see the weariness, resistance to change, or blatantly, watching powerless the avalanche in slow motion, as it was considered just a small blizzard or passing fad.
What the fuzz is all about
You can have a real time intelligent conversation with a machine. You can go into chat.openai.com right now, create an account and ask the AI almost anything and interact with it along the conversation.
From marketing to medical research, engineering to NGO's; even if you have only a chicken breast, celery and mustard in your fridge and want a variety of recipes, it delivers.
The key element here is ask the right questions to get the right answers. You'll have to forget you are typing in Google's search bar and think you are texting directly to whoever is the leader in your field.
You can ask two different questions and ask it to correlate the results...and clarify them...and make it create an argument on one or the other.
So, yeah...the big fuzz is a big deal.
AI into a symbiotic relationship
We are entering the realm of all possibilities, of what's real, authentic, original, and to question the source and definition of every visual, text, and content we are exposed to, not to mention a new chapter in copyright infringement.
Alan Turing, father of modern computers, once said that only a machine could beat another machine and that a computer would be considered intelligent if it could deceive a human into thinking it was human.
Today, that prediction has come to fruition with the emergence of Generative Pre-Trained Language Models (GPT-3 for now), a neural network trained to generate human-like text. This and other artificial intelligence tools have revolutionized the way we approach problems, and they are changing the creative industry, or any other industry for that matter, forever.
ChatGPT, being pre-trained, highlights the adage "garbage in, garbage out". There will be a multitude of providers offering more up-to-date pre-trained networks with a more human-like language and knowledge, making it easier to interact with AI in a logarithmic learning loop.
The road ahead
The use of AI and other technology is no longer a question of "if", but a fact of life happening as you read this, regardless of your or my beliefs, knowledge or opinion. If you are not doing it, someone else is.
Just as a reference, current state of GPT-3 is capable of performing a wide range of language tasks, such as text generation, translation, summarization, question answering, and even coding with over 175 billion parameters in several languages. I urge you to think about its next iteration.
As technology becomes more accessible and eliminates barriers, it's essential that we embrace and study it, rather than denying its widespread use. With online presence being the ultimate real estate battle to conquer via relevance, content creation across the board not just got easier, but immediate.
Data vs. Creativity
Two key areas, regardless of industry, that will be impacted by the new AI-driven model are data analytics and the creative process. Data will drive the creative aspect of any decision, and AI tools will speed up the decision-making process, allowing for more "what if" scenarios and innovative solutions.
But as the relationship between humans and AI evolves, we must also ask ourselves ethical questions. How can we use these tools in an ethical way? How can we ensure that AI is used to improve our lives, rather than exploiting us?
The new relationship between humans and AI will also force us to reconsider our education models. In the future, critical, creative, and strategic thinking processes will be emphasized in the early years of school, rather than just knowledge gathering.
Alvin Toffler, on his book “The Third Wave” stated, in short, that change will happen. The amount of resistance pushing back over time will only hurt you, your business, and your plans while the world is already riding the wave.
The time saved by using AI can be used for personal or social good. The question is, what will we do with that extra time? Will we use it to create a better work-life balance? Can we commit to help out an NGO or a particular cause?, or will we cram more work into the same 40-hour week.
Arthur C. Clark said: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”, and I just couldn’t agree more.
As we embrace and study it, we must also ask ethical questions and use it to improve our lives. The future holds endless possibilities, and it's up to us to make the most of it.
Thank you for Reading.
Relevant links: (May expire or moved over time)
- OpenAI's GPT-3 official website (https://openai.com/blog/chatgpt/)
- The Future of Business is AI or Obsolete (https://www.marketingaiinstitute.com/blog/the-future-of-business-is-ai-or-obsolete)
- Future of work and education in the digital age: https://www.weforum.org/communities/gfc-on-artificial-intelligence/articles
- How Generative AI Is Changing Creative Work: https://hbr.org/2022/11/how-generative-ai-is-changing-creative-work
- The future of employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerization (Michael Osborne and Carl Frey, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, 2017)(https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/academic/The_Future_of_Employment.pdf)
- How AI Is Changing The Way Students Learn (https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2022/09/20/how-ai-is-changing-the-way-students-learn/?sh=7e7d542d7338)