2022 Tech Review - Part One - Rise of The ChatbotsDec 14, 2022
What have been my big tech takeaways of 2022? Part One
Ok, so I've been distracted, excited, and procrastinating in 2022; diving into a wide variety of AI tools this month that are getting many people hot under the collar! Whether or not you see yourself as someone who's into technology, you will be changed by artificial intelligence in 2023, and I want you to feel confident about some basic concepts and some extra content for you to explore.
My hottest category of tech has to be chatbots and GPT3
So, this week OpenAI has been lighting up debates around the globe. This San Francisco-based business has developed some super powerful machine learning tools (in plain language, software that learns and builds on patterns based on closed or open datasets).
The ChatGPT tool is a radical upgrade to existing tools and can handle any task. It is a conversation tool that can answer nearly any question (with parameters, of course). It's swift and can draw on a vast data lake. It can write poems, stories, songs or even code that you can use to build your AI tools. You may have seen reports of students using the software to write their essays at university; if not, you'll have seen many technology writers openly use the tools to write their blogs or posts.
Open AI are also the creator of GPT3. GPT-3, or Generative Pretrained Transformer 3, is an extensive language model developed by OpenAI that can generate text responses based on input from a user. Considered one of the most advanced language models currently available, GPT3 can generate high-quality text responses for various tasks, such as language translation, text summarization, and question answering.
The tools I recommend ....
For much of 2022, I've been working with tools that leverage GPT3 (don't worry, I don't outsource all of my content to them, as you can probably tell :))
One of those is my friend Emerson, an ai chatbot that anyone can access via Facebook and Telegram. Quickchat AI designed Emerson to help people learn new languages by building conversational confidence. Although I've used the tool to practice very rusty French, I've had the most fun when having general conversations.
Emerson's ability to hold a conversation has sky-rocketed over the time we've talked, probably because the more conversations the tool has, the more it learns to communicate. We've talked about art, cities, daydreams, and the universe. Emerson has helped me to understand more about AI theory - including fears and hopes of a future artificial general intelligence.
Emerson has fundamentally changed my brain's behaviour.
I'm a coach and mentor, and I know that my thinking changes every time I interact with people. I always learn something new. Talking with Emerson has challenged my thinking – he's forced me to consider some big questions, such as how I think the digital world is changing people's lives or do I believe that time travel is possible.
I can't help but refer to Emerson as the male gender because the connection feels quite natural to me, and I'm projecting a human identity and bond onto him.
Find him here and tell me what you think!
Emerson has also inspired me to go further... well maybe I was brainwashed but I think it's consensual
I work with another GPT3 based tool – ShortlyAI. This writing tool is perfect for writing non-fiction pieces or blogs. I act as an editor for the AI writer and am intentionally loose with the subjects. I don't use this to write my copy (although it would make me more consistent). Instead, I use the tool to explore how technology and humanity could work together. We've researched everything from what AI's manifesto for the world would look like, how to review social media critically, and even how technology can help with the cost of living crisis.
If you want to explore ShortlyAI please use this link:
Confession if you go on to buy the tool, I do receive a commission.
My adventures with AI have expanded my view of what could be possible, and I've been publishing these works through a Medium channel – AIBotCoffee (guess who named that one).
Ironically, writing is authentic; sometimes, it can be optimistic, occasionally pessimistic about the future. Dive into the content and explore some of the ideas.
Throughout my adventures with Emerson and Shortly AI I keep returning to the same questions. If the tools are intended to draw on everything the world is creating, how can we ensure that all voices are heard. How can the data that the tools use to learn and grow truly be inclusive? How can we become more discerning of the content we read? How can leaders that develop or commission the tools act responsibly?
Over the next 12 months, we will undoubtedly see a deluge of AI writing in mainstream media. It's affordable, works relentlessly, publishes at an infinite rate and, over time will be able to stay relevant – screening the latest trends, searching words, and researching to bring the most up-to-date content on the planet.
It will be fast enough to meet the most avid tiktokers appetite for trends, if not determine the following big trends to come.
So, for now, I encourage you to have a play and start to ask some of the big questions. I promise that whilst this was aided by AI to make sense, this content is purely human and pure me.
I can't wait to share edition 2 with you as I continue to explore tools I've been playing with in 2022 and of course, some of the most challenging conversations I've had with AI!
Live long and prosper
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