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Monday, January 23, 2023

How is ChatGPT Bringing AI into Popular Culture?

Finally AI becoming 'Live'?   Has this changed everything?   For what set of tech customers? Jobs?      From SAS

In recent weeks, the ChatGPT hype has blown up my tech-heavy social feed. I follow many coders and content creators on TikTok and Twitter, and most of them are losing their minds over the disruption that OpenAI's ChatGPT represents to their disciplines. Their common refrain: "This changes everything." After trying it myself (more on that later) and reading more about it, I think that I share their view.

As someone who follows technology and AI topics, I should not have been surprised by this preview launch of the ChatGPT project. For many months my news feed has been littered with topics about AI tools like GPT-3, GitHub Copilot, DALL-E, Stable Diffusion and more. But up until now, these technologies required a certain amount of skill and hardware to configure, and that confined them to the realm of the technologist or savvy enthusiast. ChatGPT puts this technology in the hands of anyone who wants to create a free user account on the service. This unprecedented ease of access catapults it into everyone's imagination, including mine, and I'll admit that I didn't see it coming this soon.

Explaining the unexplainable AI

In a way, the popularity of ChatGPT makes it easier for me to tell my friends and family what we do at SAS. As an AI company, we trade in the application of machine algorithms to business challenges and world-changing initiatives. As I tell this to my wife's Aunt Susan, she nods her head and says, "Ohhh," even as her eyes glaze over. But when I say, "For example, we use natural language processing and reinforcement learning to build expert systems that can improve outcomes – you know, like in ChatGPT," suddenly we have a shared understanding (to a point).  .... ' 

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