I hope everyone’s had a good week. I find that in December you’re either super busy meeting year end goals, or things are super slow as everyone takes their extra vacation. This year I find myself in the latter, let’s hope ya’ll do too.
This week’s topic had me going from
“Trust me to get you a settlement when a semitruck runs over you on the highway. Call 1-800-HAMMER”
to “I know everything”
Yes, I just got my professional photo back and had to share it with everyone.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have heard of this thing called ChatGPT. ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot made by OpenAI, cofounded by none other than …… you guessed it, Elon Musk.
Now I don’t know what the “GPT” stands for, but what I do know is that this thing has exploded in popularity. ChatGPT has surpassed 1 million subscribers in only 5 days. To compare, it took Netflix 41 months, Facebook 10 months, and Instagram 2.5 months to reach 1 million subscribers.
Safe to say it’s gone viral.
So, what does it do?
It can do pretty much anything. It can be your personal assistant, code for you, write you a story, or tell you a joke.
So obviously I had to ask it the hard-hitting questions. Here are my interactions with ChatGPT, and an insight into my own mind:
Alright, it can form cohesive thoughts, so what. Let’s see if can do something productive – something that I always sucked at.
Alright, it can code. And not only can it code but can tell you what to install and where you will likely run into errors. Can it change points of view? Let’s see if it can role play.
Ok, ok, ok it’s batting a thousand. 3/3. Let’s have one last dance, I really tried to fight it here.
Not only did it catch my typo in the first sentence, but it also seems pretty pro-marriage. Love is in the air.
Bottom line is that ChatGPT is legit. Sure, it tends to take the middle road starting each of its responses with “It’s difficult to say”, “while”, and then quickly hedges it’s claims, but for the most part I was impressed. For one of the first publicly available AI interfaces I was actually incredibly impressed.
Seventh Son Brewing Co.
ChatGPT is cool, but you know what it can’t do? It can’t go to Seventh Son and get a great beer with you. Seventh Son rocks, I’ve been there for work, and I’ve been there for play, and they’ve got an awesome setup for both. So go check em’ out and then maybe when you’re done you can shoot ChatGPT a late night ~u up?” text.
I have Google and Alexa, which are pretty much the same thing, right?
Sort of, but not really.
ChatGPT has a few things that set it apart from Google and Alexa:
- It remembers what users said earlier in conversations.
- It can proactively make corrections and assumptions based on the context of a request.
- It can “think dynamically”. Its logic allows it to code for you and actively solve problems.
But it does have some limitations too:
- It doesn’t provide citations. In other words, you have no clue where it’s referencing the information.
- May occasionally provide incorrect information.
- May occasionally produce harmful instructions or biased content
- Limited knowledge of world and events after 2021
So, take the two minutes, signup, and mess around. I found it to be pretty fun and interesting.
Honestly, I found myself scared more than anything else, but then it reassured me.
So, no worries to be had.
Let’s have ourselves a weekend.