Tech editor, Josh (on the right, in case you were wondering) stares down the enemy (Image credit: Josh Croxton)
The robots are coming, we’ve all seen the movies. At just 12 years of age, Will Smith’s 2004 film I, Robot, was my first introduction to the potential pitfalls of artificial intelligence, and Hollywood has done its best to warn me ever since. Wall-E in 2008 was another – and a great film, might I add – but AI has always felt like science fiction, rather than science fact.
This week, however, it feels like the robots are gaining strength. Artificial intelligence platform ChatGPT is gaining as much traction on Twitter as its eccentric owner, and it’s got us worried. Why? I hear you ask… Well, sit down, plug in your batteries, and allow me to explain.
Over the decades, we’ve seen robots – computing power, more specifically – revolutionise various industries. Way back, there was such a job as a Human Computer, whose role was to perform complex calculations – see 2016’s Hidden Figures, a true story and another Hollywood warning shot.
More recently, car factory lines have become largely automated, and we’ve all seen videos of Amazon’s warehouse operatives beep-booping their way around while picking orders.
ChatGPT is an ‘Open AI’ website. You type in your prompt, or your query, and it will set about answering it. You can ask it for Christmas present ideas for your grandmother, or to explain quantum computing. You can also – and here’s the crux of […]
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