Generative artificial intelligence has become a buzzword this year, capturing the public’s fancy and sparking a rush among Microsoft and Alphabet to launch products with the technology they believe will change the nature of work.
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Dimensions of the Article:
- What is generative AI?
- What is it good for?
- What’s wrong with that?
What is generative AI?
- It learns how to take actions from past data and creates new content based on that training.
- ChatGPT, a chatbot by Microsoft-backed OpenAI, is a well-known application that uses generative AI.
- GPT-4, a newer model, can perceive not only text but images as well.
What is it good for?
- It is useful for creating a first draft of marketing copy, summarizing customer reviews, taking notes during a virtual meeting, drafting and personalizing emails, and creating slide presentations.
What’s wrong with that?
- Potential abuse of technology, such as students turning in AI-drafted essays, and generating disinformation by bad actors and governments.
- The technology is prone to making mistakes, such as factual inaccuracies and erratic responses.
Is this just about Google and Microsoft?
- They are at the forefront of research and investment in large language models and widely use generative AI in their software.
- Other large and small companies are also creating their own competing AI or packaging technology from others to give users new powers through software.
-Source: Indian Express