Thoughts on ChatGPT

Thoughts on its capabilities, limitations and potential applications.

Posted by vahid on January 29, 2023

These days, everyone is talking about ChatGPT, and it seems like every other YouTuber is creating videos about it. From tutorials on how to use ChatGPT to write an essay, to learning English with ChatGPT, to exploring ways to make money with it. ChatGPT is everywhere. It's a clear indication that we are in the AI age, with emerging services like ChatGPT that are accelerating the adoption of AI. It reminds me of the early days of the web or Android, when everyone was buzzing about them and there was a rush to have a website or a mobile app.

Indeed, ChatGPT presents a fantastic opportunity for individuals who are interested in exploring new technologies or creating businesses around it. The pace of change has been remarkable over the past few decades. The Internet and the web, which are only about 35 years old, have become indispensable in our daily lives. They have become akin to electricity, something that we cannot imagine living without in today's world. The way these technologies have transformed various aspects of our lives is truly remarkable, and ChatGPT is another example of how AI is reshaping our interactions with technology and the world around us.

In the last few years, we have witnessed various trends that did not gain widespread traction, such as blockchain or chatbots, which were popular for a while but did not fulfill their promises. However, AI and its services are fundamentally different. They have an extensive range of use cases, and many people have already had experience with them. Moreover, their impact is often immediate. For example, when you use a service like ChatGPT to compose an email or write an essay, you can see the results instantaneously, and the benefits, such as time-saving, are readily apparent. This makes me believe that AI is not just a passing trend, but a phenomenon that will continue to grow and create numerous opportunities. It would be interesting to revisit this post in a few years and see if this prediction holds true. 😊


Neil DeGrasse Tyson raises an interesting point about ChatGPT and AI in general. While AI can process vast amounts of written knowledge and perform various tasks, it lacks the ability to experience the world or be affected by personal experiences in the same way humans do. AI, including ChatGPT, may not have access to unexpressed thoughts, emotions, or subjective experiences that make up human consciousness.

Furthermore, Tyson's comparison of the impact of AI on the job market to the shift from farms to IT jobs is thought-provoking. Just as the industrial revolution transformed the job market from agriculture-based to manufacturing-based, the rise of AI and automation is reshaping the nature of work. Jobs that were traditionally done by humans are now being automated, leading to changes in the job market and the need for new skill sets. This shift has significant implications for the labor force and requires adaptation to keep up with the changing landscape of work in the age of AI.

It's important to recognize that while AI has many benefits and potential applications, it also has limitations and ethical considerations. The human experience, with its complex emotions, creativity, and subjective perspectives, remains distinct from what AI can replicate. As AI continues to advance, it is crucial to have thoughtful discussions and consider the impact on society, including the job market and the broader implications for humanity.

I believe that AI has the potential to create new job opportunities and enable individuals to more easily express their ideas. Oftentimes, we may have creative concepts, such as ideas for cartoons or movies, but lack the necessary resources or skills to bring them to life. AI can help accelerate the idea testing process, allowing for quicker iteration and exploration of a wider range of concepts. This could potentially lead to a blossoming of ideas, akin to the Cambrian period where there was a rapid diversification and proliferation of new species. It could be a new era of creative explosion, facilitated by the capabilities of AI.

There are indeed challenges associated with AI implementation in creative processes. One concern is how individuals can still be compensated for their work. Should people only be paid for generating ideas? Another consideration is that when an idea is implemented by AI, it may lack the diverse perspectives that come from human experiences. Human touch and diversity of ideas can add richness and uniqueness to creative works, as they are often influenced by the backgrounds and experiences of those involved in the implementation process. In contrast, AI and singularity may not possess the same level of diversity in their output. One potential solution could be to have multiple AI agents, with each individual training their own AI, resulting in AI-generated content that reflects the diversity and individuality of its human trainers. It will be important to explore ways to preserve the value of human creativity and diversity in the creative process while leveraging the capabilities of AI. This may involve developing hybrid models that allow for collaboration between AI and humans, and finding fair compensation models for individuals in a changing landscape shaped by AI and technology. Addressing these challenges and finding a balance between AI-driven automation and human creativity will be crucial in shaping the future of creative industries.

When I asked ChatGPT if it's going to take people's jobs, here is its answer:

"No, AI and language models like ChatGPT are not intended to take people's jobs, but rather to assist and enhance human capabilities by automating repetitive tasks and providing information quickly. The ultimate goal is to improve efficiency and productivity, not to replace human labor."

The next step

The dominant prediction of AI advancement is generally reaching singularity. While we may get there eventually, I believe the next step is distributed AI. This involves an AI engine, such as ChatGPT, that can be trained by individuals with their own preferences and skill sets. It's like having an expert assistant that everyone can train and nurture like a child or a pet. The skills learned by the AI can be copyrighted and licensed to others for use. For example, I could train my AI assistant to make decisions based on my preferences and how I would design a software system. It would have access to shared knowledge from the internet but with my unique touch. I could even rent it out to others for specific tasks.

Another example could be an architect who has spent years training their AI assistant to design a specific type of building. When you need a building of that kind, you could hire that assistant to design and oversee the implementation of such projects for you.

Or a teacher can train their AI assistant with their own teaching style, and many others can learn from their dedicated AI teacher because that AI teacher can be multiplied. At the end of the day, the teacher can review the performance of their AI assistant, identify areas that are working well and those that need improvement, and make necessary modifications. This way, the AI assistant can continue to improve over time. It's similar to how businesses specialize in solving specific problems and selling their skills and resources to other businesses or organizations.

In such a case, everyone can raise their AI assistant with their own nuances and replicate it as much as they want.

There are some requirements as well. Not everyone may have the necessary processing power to operate their own AI assistant. Thus, big cloud companies can provide the required processing power and AI model for such assistants. However, they should be bound by privacy policy regulations and should not be allowed to access all the data of the trained assistants. This presents a challenge in itself.

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