Written by Dr. Alan R. Shark and ChatGPT
Repost from americancityandcounty.com

When it comes to generative artificial intelligence (AI) the public is ready—but is the technology? Early this month Google’s parent company Alphabet lost $1 billion in market value in one day when their highly promoted rollout of its new Bard AI search engine ad showing a factual error. Clearly investors were spooked by any such public display of failure. Only a day earlier Microsoft went public with its demo of its Bing search engine powered by ChatGPT. Microsoft was a bit more cautious when it said, “while Bing using ChatGPT is highly accurate, it should not be relied upon as a sole source of information and its responses should be critically evaluated and confirmed with other sources before being used.” In the days leading up to all the announcements ChatGPT was being widely discussed and tried by the general public which resulted with major school systems banning its use and was at the center of countless debates at faculty meetings. Both companies are introducing generative AI.

Stepping back in time, society has come a long way from the days when well-dressed salesman went door-to-door selling volumes of encyclopedias that provided printed knowledge through expensive book volumes for home use where libraries had been the principal domain of knowledge. Who would envision that many decades later we would be accessing data and information from our ever-smarter devices—let alone chat and speak with them. Similarly, there were many heated debates in engineering schools regarding the use of handheld calculators instead of the traditional slide rule.

Today we are aided by automated spell- and grammar-check, and the ever-irritating autofill. We can now create amazing and beautiful NFT art through AI powered software without any previous art training.

Read the full article at https://www.americancityandcounty.com/2023/02/15/generative-ai-expands-the-race-for-search-and-meaning-implications-for-society-and-government/