EXPLAINER | How artificial intelligence is forcing us to think about how we best use the technology

Since the launch of ChatGPT last November, the world has been in a flat spin discussing whether artificial technology or AI will unlock a multitude of new possibilities or spell the end for human employees in certain industries.

ChatGPT or Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer was launched as a chatbot by OpenAI and can perform some impressive party tricks. Users can ask it complex questions and normally it will return an extraordinary answer but be warned, sometimes it doesn’t always return the correct information.

Some examples of questions include, “write a 500-word essay discussing rap music’s influence on modern lyrical discourse.” ChatGPT can easily pen an essay in a few seconds that is remarkably in-depth and insightful.

But wider questions about the use of the AI chatbot have also arisen like what does it mean for the future of work and how students might leverage it for school and university assignments?

Many commentators have touted the chatbot’s ability to powerfully enhance the work they are already doing while there are also many other AI tools out there that can make work life a breeze.

Machine learning engineer Sunil Ghimire has listed 26 different AI tools on his LinkedIn page.

Prominent news tech site, CNET used an AI journalist to write articles, but the outcome delivered less than desirable results. Not only were the articles riddled with errors, but they seem to have been extensively plagiarised too, reports Futurism.

“In short, a close examination of the work produced by CNET’s AI makes it seem less like a sophisticated text generator and more like an automated plagiarism machine, casually pumping out pilfered work that would get a human journalist fired.”

ChatGPT was also able to pass an MBA examination administered to it by a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Professor Christian Terwiesch said the chatbot scored between a B- and B on the exam. He authored a research paper titled ‘Would Chat GPT3 Get a Wharton MBA? A Prediction Based on Its Performance in the Operations Management Course.’

The bots score shows its “remarkable ability to automate some of the skills of highly compensated knowledge workers in general and specifically the knowledge workers in the jobs held by MBA graduates including analysts, managers, and consultants,” wrote Terwiesch. READ MORE.

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