As ChatGPT turns one, the significance of its impact cannot be overstated. What started as a pioneering step in AI has swiftly evolved into a ubiquitous presence, transforming abstract notions of artificial intelligence into an everyday reality for many or at least a topic on everyone’s lips. The platform’s rise to becoming the fastest-adopted app in history
Since its public launch in November 2022, ChatGPT has undergone substantial evolution. At the beginning, it operated solely as a text generator, limited to responses derived from its training data gathered until September 2021. Initially, it exhibited a tendency to fabricate information when lacking answers, introducing a new term of ‘hallucination’ into discourse when talking about AI.
At this moment, the evolved iteration of ChatGPT trained up to April 2023, boasts expanded capabilities. It now harnesses Microsoft’s Bing search engine and internet resources to access more current information. Moreover, it has become a product platform, enabling the integration of images or documents into searches and facilitating conversation through spoken language.
In January 2022, ChatGPT achieved 100 million monthly users. The sudden surge in interest in generative AI has taken major tech companies by surprise. In addition to ChatGPT, several other noteworthy generative AI models have been released, such as Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, and Google’s Bard. These developments are reshaping the technological terrain. Tech giants put all resources into what they perceive as a pivotal future technological infrastructure and shape the narrative of the AI revolution. However, a significant challenge looming ahead is the potential dominance of only a select few players in this landscape.
What can we expect from language models in the future?
If the industry keeps the focus on research and investments, 2024 will bring some massive breakthroughs. The Q Project is an Australian first. It investigates how research evidence is used in schools, and how to support educators to better use that evidence in their practice. The Q Project — using evidence better. For the OpenAI, the Q project is in the focus. The Q project can solve certain math problems, allegedly having a higher reasoning capacity. This could be a potential breakthrough in artificial general intelligence (AGI). If language models expend their powers in the realm of math and reasoning, they will reach higher levels of usefulness. Many experts are reasoning, including Elon Musk, that ‘digital superintelligence’ would exist within the next five to ten years.
When it comes to regulation, the spotlight will continue to be on ensuring the safety of AI usage while removing a bias from future datasets. With further calls for global collaboration in AI governance and for greater transparency of these models.