A lot of people are championing ChatGPT as the be-all-end-all for everything. And, to be sure, it’s an amazing tool.
But it’s important to remember that it’s only a tool.
Specifically, it’s something called a large language model, which works by taking a massive amount of data – most of what’s publicly available on the web – and stringing together what it thinks is a plausible output. It doesn’t know anything. It can’t reason, or think, or empathize.
In my early dealings with AI, I have had success thinking of it like a 3-year-old child:
- It can’t keep secrets
- It has a vivid imagination
- It often comes up with things that make absolutely no sense
- It’s surprisingly clever sometimes
- It needs a lot of close supervision
- You need to check (repeatedly) to make sure it’s done what you’ve asked
- You should not entrust it with anything important or fragile
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