Parallel Intelligences: What Will Become of Us in the Age of Chat Gpt?

We were born and raised with the concept of “searching for answers.” First we used encyclopedias and textbooks, then came Google: with Wikipedia, websites and everything else. Today, when I have doubts, I no longer have to look for more than one answer, weigh up what I think is best and get the big picture. Today there is someone, or rather something, that answers me and tends to do this correctly based on the first results. GPT chat (Generative Pre-trained Transformer, a tool that uses algorithms to generate responses similar to ours, Ed) accelerates processes and therefore becomes more and more reliable, so that human errors can be minimized or eliminated.

An epochal change that will lead to a comprehensive system revolution: What will happen to copyright? And what about detailed newspapers? We will ask ourselves: Why do I need to read a newspaper when I can find all the solutions and connections to my most hidden curiosities just by asking an artificial intelligence? And when you study voice or even video-based GPT chats, the problem becomes even more serious. Will we no longer listen to the radio or podcasts? Will we stop using Alexa or Siri? Are Netflix, Sky and television no longer needed? I don’t deny having asked myself these questions. I asked myself: How do I use the new possibilities of AI? And I gave myself an answer that, if you think about it, is worrying, certainly tempting, but equally threatening: Of course I’m using it to become an all-rounder! Know everything. Have all the answers in your pocket in the truest sense of the word.

A few weeks ago I had to prepare for a board meeting discussing appointments and relationships in publicly traded companies. I entered it on Chat Gpt. Result: an idea that is anything but stupid, even when compared to documents and legal texts. Then I got home, opened the fridge and there wasn’t much there. I asked my ally again: What do I cook with these three ingredients? Here too, the advice was excellent. Should Google start shaking? It seems that this has already happened and that the two founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, have set to work in Mountain View, recalls CEO Sundar Pichai, and that Google is now on the verge of launching twenty new artificial intelligence products to market, in addition to its own chatbot, Sparrow. Chat Gpt’s answer is powered by DeepMind’s AI and uses Chinchilla, a linguistic model with 70 billion parameters compared to 175 billion for Chat Gpt. However, this does not mean that Sparrow will be less knowledgeable: a smaller number of tokens with which to train him will result in a better trained system, which is therefore less powerful but more precise.

When Chat Gpt goes into beta, search engines may die, but Big Tech will already be ready to respond. We will see. In the meantime, I will try in my own small way not to overdo it and choose day by day to use AI only to complete and deepen knowledge. Without exaggerating, without exaggerating yourself too much. Unless you have already done so… Are you sure this article was written by Davide Dattoli and not Chat Gpt?

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