Almost overnight, ChatGPT became a new hot topic in many countries and regions around the world. After its launch in late November, ChatGPT quickly became the fastest-growing consumer app in history, registering more than 1 million users in just five days and topping 100 million two months later. By comparison, It took 6.5 years for iTunes to reach 100 million users, 5 years for Twitter, 4.5 years for Meta (Facebook), and 3.5 years for WhatsApp.
What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is a natural language processing tool driven by AI technology that allows you to have human-like conversations and much more with a chatbot. It uses Transformer neural network architecture, also known as GPT-3.5 architecture, which is a model for processing sequential data with language understanding and text generation capabilities. In particular, it trains the model by connecting to a large corpus that contains real-world conversations, enabling ChatGPT to know both astronomy and geography, as well as interact in the context of the chat.
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It can carry on a conversation by learning and understanding human language. It can also interact according to the context of the chat and assist humans to complete a series of tasks, such as writing emails, papers, and scripts, making business proposals, writing poems, and stories, typing code, and checking program errors.
Why Does ChatGPT Blow Everyone’s Mind?
Based on the analysis of ChatGPT’s structure, it can be seen that it is a large pre-training language model developed based on Transformer algorithm architecture, which can complete a series of common text output tasks, including writing code, creating recipes, doing homework, writing novels, creating commercial copy and so on. Open AI positions its pair as a chatbot. Unlike other chatbots that generate text using predefined responses or rules, ChatGPT, after extensive data training, can generate responses based on the input it receives, resulting in a more natural and varied response.
ChatGPT is arguably the most advanced chatbot, and “smarter interaction” is the main reason why ChatGPT has attracted worldwide attention. For example, Open AI adds code understanding and generation capabilities to the model, greatly expanding its application scenarios. Moral principles are also added to enable ChatGPT to recognize malicious messages and refuse to give valid answers, thus improving the sense of interaction during the conversation.
The launch of ChatGPT provides users with an opportunity to participate in the workflow of AI technology and provides a way for users who have long been unfamiliar with AI applications to actually experience the development of AI technology. This is a milestone in the development of AI, meaning that AI technology has shifted from “behind the scenes” to “in front of the stage.”
Which Industries Will ChatGPT Be Used In?
ChatGPT is primarily artificial intelligence, and currently, the “work” it can do and the areas where it can be applied are:
- You can ask it questions, it can use artificial intelligence to answer you, and it can even give you a qualitative suggestion and opinion. It can communicate with humans in certain situations, but you can’t ask too subjective or personal questions.
- Help programmers with programming and debugging.
- ChatGPT is able to draft recruitment notices, offer letters, activity notices, and other daily texts for the company.
- Provide cross-border e-commerce and other cross-language product description and customer service.
- Help the copywriter plan to find arguments and ideas from different angles. Give ChatGPT a point of view, and it can help give several other arguments from pros and cons.
- Help creative people brainstorm. You can try using ChatGPT to generate descriptions of some of the objects in the virtual world. It’s well written.
At present, although ChatGPT has certain limitations, it has covered all aspects of life and career, including but not limited to media, accounting, law, programming, finance, teachers, etc.
However, judging by its current level of use and intelligence, ChatGPT has a long way to go before it replaces human workers.
First of all, it is not intelligent enough to think maturely and work independently. For example, ChatGPT often gives a seemingly perfect answer that contradicts objective facts and realistic logic. From this perspective, ChatGPT will need a lot of machine learning and data to replace humans.
Secondly, ChatGPT’s current database is still in 2021, and it may face a series of difficulties such as privacy, security, economy, and technology if it wants to obtain a wider data license. Open AI clearly states on its website that ChatGPT occasionally produces incorrect answers because it is not connected to the Internet. At a time when privacy security and data protection are increasingly stringent, Open AI will face a series of policy risks and high economic costs in order to obtain more extensive and fresh data for model training.
However, how to obtain massive data at a low cost and safe for machine learning is also a common problem facing the development of the AI industry at present. To solve this problem, some people in the industry have proposed privacy computing, blockchain, and other solutions, but in terms of technological maturity, these technologies cannot fundamentally solve the problem.
Do People Need to Worry About Job Displacement?
ChatGPT will, as with other new technologies in the past, displace some jobs and create some jobs, including becoming an aid in many parts of the work process.
ChatGPT is actually a cooperative relationship with humans, like a machine that can free people’s “hands.” It’s actually a great tool. However, everyone should know that AI currently lacks human imagination, creativity, and empathy. For example, ChatGPT could not mention the exploration of new scientific principles and new knowledge by human beings, which need to be explored and put in the knowledge base so that it can learn quickly. The same is true for artistic creation. It seems that artificial intelligence can create artwork independently now. But in fact, it actually uses these materials in a regular way; it’s a combination, or it’s a simulation. Real artists will think that they are not valuable and creative works.
By: Ryan Jason
Originally published at Hackernoon
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