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Gerd's Analysis, Insights and Foresights on Artificial Intelligence

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AI is becoming a General Purpose Technology - and the next Platform for 'everything'

Is AI the next chapter in the evolution of the internet? Is it not just the new general purpose technology but also the next big platform shift (after mobile and the cloud)?

Thanks to recent leaps in Artificial Intelligence (specifically Deep Learning), generative models such as DallE2 and ChatGPT (both powered by OpenAI) can now produce unique images and videos as well as texts with an uncanny human-like quality, often indistinguishable from what a human would have created (at least, on first looks:) The media, VCs and investors are abuzz with stories on Generative Artificial Intelligence. Already utilised in areas such as customer service and content-writing, generative AIs like ChatGPT, Sora and Gemini seem poised to transform the web – and our society.

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Google, Baidu and Microsoft are pouring 10s of Billions into OpenAI. Huge new efficiencies, entirely new revenue streams and dramatic global GDP growth are envisioned – yet the ramifications for humanity are of even larger magnitude. Will generative AI be collectively beneficial, and will it help us achieve what I call ‘The Good Future‘?

Tough questions about digital ethics, responsibility, control and accountability are everywhere. In a world where AI language models will increasingly be used to generate media content, news reports and social media posts, the potential for well-disguised mistakes, bias, and disinformation looms large. If we're not careful, AI's negative externalities could be like social media's – but maybe 100x as bad.

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What's so exciting about ChatGPT (according to its own answer on this query)?  “It's a state-of-the-art language model that can generate human-like text, trained on a massive amount of data, allowing it to understand and respond to a wide variety of inputs. This makes it useful for a number of natural language processing tasks, such as text completion, language translation, and conversation generation. Because it is based on the GPT architecture, it can also be fine-tuned to specific tasks and domains (such as medical information) making it highly adaptable”.

And yet: what about deepfakes and synthetic media?

ChatGPT's potential to perpetuate bias has sparked growing concern as it is trained on internet texts that may include biased or deceptive information. This raises worries about its use in journalism, education, employment, law enforcement, and healthcare. ChatGPT clearly has the potential to be used to generate deepfake texts that appear human-written yet are machine-generated, and as the technology advances, it will become even harder to tell the difference between human-written and machine-generated texts. The implications for politics, journalism, and social media are seriously worrisome, as it will most cretainly be used to spread misinformation and disinformation, influencing public opinion and elections.

In this constantly updated keynote Futurist Gerd Leonhard probes into the depths of ChatGPT, scrutinizes whether it brings forth good or ill (or both) and explores the profound effects on society and business, and presents his findings and foresights. Watch Gerd's latest videos and talk on this topic.

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“Gerd Leonhard is known for his unique approach to discussing future trends and technologies in his keynotes and presentations. He is often described as a futurist, a term which refers to someone who studies and describes future trends, particularly in technology and society. Some of the unique features of Gerd Leonhard's keynotes and presentations include his use of data and research to back up his observations, his ability to present complex ideas in a clear and engaging manner, and his focus on the ethical and societal implications of emerging technologies. Additionally, he is known for his ability to connect the dots of different emerging technology trends, providing a holistic view of how they will impact the future of humanity and business”

Have a look at Gerd's previous live talks, virtual presentations and short films on AI and related topics (Youtube).

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ChatGPT and the Future of AI (GerdTalks #13, Jan 30, 2023 LiveStream

The impact of Generative / Conversational AI, ChatGPT: The Future of the Web?

Can we and should we trust Artificial Intelligence?

We need to talk about AI - a film by Futurist Gerd Leonhard: thoughts on artificial intelligence

IA, AI and AGI: will the machines take-over? A short film by Futurist Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard

The End of Routine? Futurist Gerd Leonhard on Artificial Intelligence

The difference between Human Intelligence (HI) and Machine Intelligence (AI) Futurist Gerd Leonhard

Intelligent Assistance (IA) not Artificial Intelligence (AI): Futurist Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard

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About OpenAI

This text was generated by ChatGPT: OpenAI is a research company that aims to develop and promote “friendly Artificial Intelligence” in a way that benefits humanity as a whole. It is focused on advancing AI in a responsible and safe manner, and is involved in a variety of research areas such as machine learning, robotics, and natural language processing. OpenAI also develops and releases a number of AI-powered tools and technologies, such as the GPT language model, that are available for use by individuals and organizations. Additionally, it conducts research in areas such as AI safety, policy, and ethics to ensure that the development of AI is done in a responsible and beneficial way for society”

ChatGPT and The Future of AI


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