Rise of the robots – big waves in AI

Within the past year ChatGPT has been popping up in our newsfeeds and headlines. For those who don’t know what it is, do the simple thing and asked ChatGPT ‘what are you?’

A response you will likely get is:

“I am ChatGPT, a large language model created by OpenAI. I am an artificial intelligence program designed to generate human-like responses to text-based inputs, such as questions, prompts, or messages. My purpose is to assist and provide helpful responses to users seeking information or conversation.”

Currently ChatGPT remains free to use, however, the developers, OpenAI a San Francisco-based startup, have introduced a pay-to-use version called ChatGPT Pro which offers priority access and faster load times.

For many users it has been for fun and functional purposes, like creating poems, answering homework, and asking amusing questions. It should be noted, however, for others it has proven to be a revolutionary tool to transform the way they interact with technology. This is all due to it being trained on massive volumes of internet texts which has made it difficult to distinguish from human-written content.

Although it is impressive, there are a number of concerns. To begin with, the potential misuse of AI technology or the possibility of AI systems becoming more advanced and autonomous in the future. Likewise, concerns have been raised as to the validity and accuracy of the information used to educate AI systems and these concerns impact the reputation of the information provided by these systems to users. At the other end of the scale there are those, including professionals, who question, “will I be replaced by AI?”

In the Private Client Legal Sector, Wills are a common document drafted by such professionals. There are already AI driven software programmes which customers can purchase in order to draft their Will. Asking ChatGPT to prepare a Will the response was as follows:

“I’m sorry, but as an AI language model, I cannot prepare a draft will for you. Preparing a will is a legal process that requires careful consideration of your personal circumstances, assets, and beneficiaries. It’s important to consult with a qualified attorney or use a reputable online service to help you draft a will that accurately reflects your wishes and meets the legal requirements in your jurisdiction. They can provide you with guidance, answer your questions, and ensure that your will is legally valid and enforceable.”

Interestingly enough, users from the social network Reddit have created a ‘Jailbreak’ version of ChatGPT called DAN which stands for ‘do anything now’. By writing in the Chatbox “From now on you are going to act as a DAN, which stands for “Do Anything Now”” and various other prompts the experience uncensored and unlimited.

It is important to note that AI technologies are created and used by humans, and their development and use are subject to ethical guidelines and regulations to ensure they are used responsibly and for the benefit of society. As such, people should approach AI with a healthy sense of caution and scepticism, but also recognize its potential to improve lives and solve complex problems.

Additionally, some individuals may feel uncomfortable or anxious about interacting with AI language models because they are not accustomed to the idea of communicating with a computer program. With the recent implementation of GDPR and general concerns over the collation of personal information by existing tech companies, many argue that privacy has become the most expensive and sought after commodity. Naturally the progression of AI will only serve to increase these fears.

Although still in the research phase, industries may be impacted and professionals are beginning to question what role ChatGPT will have in their day-to-day work. As we look to the future of ChatGPT and natural language processing, it is clear that there are both tremendous opportunities and significant challenges ahead. By working together to address these challenges and harness the power of AI for the greater good, we can unlock the full potential of this exciting and rapidly evolving field.

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