ChatGPT wasn't even just the beginning
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One of the unintended poster industries of this new AI coming has been education and edtech. In education circles, there’s a running joke that it’s not ChatGPT, but CheatGPT. Other educators are embracing AI tools for the classroom. For my educator friends interested in what’s happening in the industry, check out my recommended resources.
This AI Revolution continues to escalate. I remember at the advent of the common Internet there was a gold rush. AI is not new but OpenAI releasing an easy-to-understand interface with ChatGPT, has opened the minds of millions around the world. I spent time on a training course to see how powerful the prompts could be. I’m not surprised that ChatGPT is the Kindle Store’s hottest new author. If you look in your spam folder, you’ll also find invites to crazy schemes, I’m sure!
We will see explainers and courses about “how to use ChatGPT”, “the best prompts” followed by applying AI for specific use cases, unproven money-making schemes - but also legitimate ones. For the everyman and everywoman, we should think first about how we move away from the mundane by asking AI to do things for us that will speed up our life. How do we use AI to explain and give us summaries of the mundane, for example? And then, how do we train models to give us highly intelligent views based on a specific corpus of text - or searching for your next home purchase based on your budget and requirements or even scouring through LinkedIn to find the best person to fill my next recruitment campaign?
I’m currently enjoying Artifact - personalised news, powered by AI. I’m also excited that Notion announced Notion AI enabling you to generate summaries, action items and key insights from your notes, rewrite a doc to be more concise, or translate it to another language as well as brainstorm new ideas and first drafts when you’re writing something new.
If you’re going to read one article today, check out OpenAI blog piece that defines its ethos over the coming years. (Planning for AGI and beyond)
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The Real Agenda Behind All the Chatbots. ChatGPT isn’t the product. Its API is. The APIs were always the point. These bots were demos meant to sell other companies on tools they could use to build their own. And it worked. Now, the war to build the leading generative A.I. platform is underway.
Generative AI is coming for the lawyers. Large law firms are using a tool made by OpenAI to research and write legal documents. The rise of AI and its potential to disrupt the legal industry has been forecast multiple times before. But the rise of the latest wave of generative AI tools, with ChatGPT at its forefront, has those within the industry more convinced than ever.
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Planning for AGI and beyond: OpenAI’s piece covering what’s next. If AGI is successfully created, this technology could help us elevate humanity by increasing abundance, turbocharging the global economy, and aiding in the discovery of new scientific knowledge that changes the limits of possibility. AGI has the potential to give everyone incredible new capabilities; we can imagine a world where all of us have access to help with almost any cognitive task, providing a great force multiplier for human ingenuity and creativity.
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