A Few Random Updates About ChatGPT-4 and Other Generative AI Tools

Over the past month, I’ve read the following articles about ChatGPT, language learning models, and generative AI in two magazines that I generally read for other reasons: Wired and The Economist. These may be interesting for educators and edtech leaders.

Let the AI Coding Wars Begin! – sources maintain the using AI can make coders more than 50 percent more efficient.

In Sudden Alarm, Tech Doyens Call for a Pause on ChatGPT  – Wired interviewed several signees of the letter asking for a pause on AI as well as some who did not sign the letter or removed their names from the letter – interesting comments.

Microsoft’s ‘Security Co-Pilot’ Unleashes ChatGPT on Breaches – review of Microsoft’s Security Copilot product that can integrate data from Defender and Sentinel, two Microsoft products that monitor network and systems data. Copilot can surface alerts, map out in words and charts what may be occurring, and provide steps for a potential investigation.

Now that ChatGPT is Plugged In, Things Could Get Weird – the premise of this article is that letting the chatbot interact with the live internet will make it more useful – and more problematic too. The companies that have already licensed the ChatGPT technology to integrate with their websites as well as dozens of startups that are building on top of it will give them a great headstart on using AI tools and could torpedo other initiatives underway.

ChatGPT Opened a New Era in Search. Microsoft Could Ruin It  – Microsoft has been a popular source for search startups. Since rolling out its Bing ChatGPT product in February, it has raised its standard fees for search data by as much as 10 times beginning in May. Microsoft also added a higher fee up to 28 times more for any startup that resells its Bing search data on a page that also has content from other large language models (LLMs).

11 Tips to Take Your ChatGPT Prompts to the Next Level – Just as its title indicates, the article provides some helpful suggestions for using ChatGPT-4.

Google Rolls Out Its Bard Chatbot to Battle ChatGPT  – article about Google’s rollout of Bard to selected testers and how to apply to be a tester.

Investors Are Going Nuts for ChatGPT-ish Artificial Intelligence – Economist article on the billions of dollars that have flooded into the generative AI market since the release of ChatGPT in November.

Lessons from finance’s experience with artificial intelligence – Economist article notes that despite the use of machine learning and ai by hedge funds decades ago, humans have fought back. There are several lessons for other industries. The first is that humans can react in unexpected ways to new technology. The second is that not all technologies make markets more efficient. The third is that robots take time to find their place.

A battle royal is brewing over copyright and AI – Economist reporters write that OpenAI and its ChatGPT products should reexamine the fate of Napster, a platform for sharing pirated songs at the beginning of the millennium. Napster was ultimately brought down by copyright law. The main issue is the copyrighted data that bots have siphoned up while being trained to create human-like content. It is alleged that AI models plunder many databases without permission. Lawsuits are beginning to multiply. The main defenses use the “fair use” doctrine.

Big tech and the pursuit of AI dominance – Microsoft’s investment in OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Google’s Bard, Apple’s test of incorporating AI into Siri, Amazon’s AWS’ partnering with Cohere and Anthropic to offer more than 30 large language models on its platform, and Meta’s tests of incorporating its LLAMA AI across its social media platforms are just the biggest examples of the rapidly advancing release of AI models from the lab to the real world. Whatever happens, writes the Economist, this is just the modest beginning.

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