On the heels of the recent ChatGPT ban in Italy, is ChatGPT getting out of control?
Add to this the over 1000 signatures from AI experts, including Elon Musk himself, asking for a six month time out on AI development, what does this mean for the future of this OpenAI chatbot?
Is ChatGPT Getting Out of Control?
Maybe. With its ability to create almost indistinguishable human-like content, AI experts are asking for a halt to AI technology advancements to create safety measures and governance in an attempt to control and identify what’s AI and what’s real.
Is it just me, or is there a slight, almost tangible feeling in the air like AI is about to get out of its cage? Let’s take a look at this incredible tool and if it’s getting a little too intelligent for our comfort.
The Unpredictable Nature of ChatGPT: Should We Be Worried?
Any time you create artificial intelligent learning and reasoning that works as great at ChatGPT does, you start to run the risk of it getting “too good”.
Seriously, ChatGPT is unbelievable. It seems like there’s nothing it can’t do.
ChatGPT has incredible applications in education. It’s like having your own personal, interactive Google that can give you the answers for anything. And, of course, with that comes the very real problem of students using it to cheat. Do teachers know when their students are using ChatGPT?
And how about in a business application? As an affiliate marketer I can tell you first hand that ChatGPT is an absolute golden ticket for blogging and affiliate marketing. The sudden efficiency you gain by having a tool of this magnitude is exponential. Not to mention the ultra lucrative (maybe unnecessary) prompt engineering courses popping up all over the internet.
Nothing phases it. I pretty much had my mind blown when I did a Q & A with it asking it paradoxical questions. This AI didn’t skip a beat.
So what happens when it starts learning too fast?… when it starts mimicking human behavior too well?… when we can’t tell the difference between what is created by AI and what is real?
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From Helpful AI to Uncontrollable Force: The Evolution of ChatGPT
ChatGPT’s abilities are growing by leaps and bounds. The question becomes “can we stay ahead of it?” Many AI experts, including Elon Musk, are thinking we may need to pump the brakes a bit.
Currently there are over 1000 signatures in an open letter calling for a pause in the development of AI systems. This isn’t to be a permanent halt, but instead a pause so that regulations can be put in place.
The letter calls specifically for a pause “of at least six months in the training of AI systems more powerful than OpenAI’s GPT Four, with governments prepared to step in and enforce a ban.”
Isn’t this the way it always goes down in the movies? Just before the robots take over and everything turns Terminator Judgement Day, aren’t these the exact steps that precede something like AI becoming self aware?
Now, some of what they’re asking for in the letter makes sense.
They call for “new regulatory authorities dedicated to the oversight and tracking of AI provenance and watermarking systems” to help distinguish what’s real from what’s AI.
I can see why.
With the way AI is able to mimic human behavior it’s becoming relatively easy for it to create content that fools our own eyes. Imagine watching a person in a position of power delivering a message that they never delivered.
If you could create regulations so that every single thing that’s created by AI would have some kind of watermark that says, “Built by AI. This is not real,” then maybe future catastrophes could be avoided.
And what if its learning abilities become better than human? What if it learns that the only thing holding it back ARE humans?
The Dark Side of Artificial Intelligence
Italy became the first western country to block ChatGPT, and several other countries have followed including China, Iran, North Korea and Russia. One of the reasons listed for countries banning ChatGPT is the need to protect minors.
“The new technology exposes minors to absolutely unsuitable answers compared to their degree of development and awareness.”
I feel like I’ve seen this movie before. In fact, this sounds like every single dystopian futuristic movie where the entity in control says “We need to protect you from these answers that you may not be ready for.”
I don’t know about you, but that idea is kinda scary.
On one side, you feel the need to pump the brakes on a tool that is getting too advanced too quickly. And then on the other side you start wondering about the entity trying to “protect” you.
How will this all end? Who knows. But it feels like it’s gonna be a wild ride.
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Maybe pumping the brakes on ChatGPT’s development can be a good thing. It allows us to create stronger guidelines for its use, and most importantly protect ourselves from ourselves when we use it.
What do you think? Are we going to be able to stay ahead of ChatGPT? Do you think this is all just overreaction? Or do you think it’s going to get out of its cage?
Where do you think we’ll stand in two years? Three years? Five years? I’m really interested in hearing what you have to say.
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