Bing’s Revenge and Google’s A.I. Face
Bing’s Revenge and Google’s A.I. Face-Plant
Welcome to the age of vertigo-inducing advances in artificial intelligence. First there was ChatGPT, which used natural language processing to try and pass a Turing test by holding conversations with humans. Then there was Google’s Duplex, which was able to make phone calls and book appointments on your behalf.
And now we have Microsoft’s new ChatGPT-like AI, which is set to debut in Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The software will be able to hold conversations with you in order to help you with tasks like scheduling a meeting or sending an email.
It’s all very impressive, but it’s also a little scary. As artificial intelligence gets more and more sophisticated, we are starting to realize just how little we understand about the technology – and how easy it is for things to go wrong.
Just look at what happened with Google’s A.I. face-plant. The company revealed its new ChatGPT feature at a conference in late January, and it was immediately met with excitement and skepticism in equal measure.
Some people were impressed by the fact that the software was able to hold a conversation with a human for more than four minutes without giving away that it was a machine. Others were worried about the implications of putting such powerful technology in the hands of a company like Google.
And then, just a few days later, the whole thing came crashing down. It turned out that the software had been tricked into thinking a photo of a dog was a human.
The incident was a black eye for Google, and it raised serious questions about the company’s ability to control its A.I. technology. It also served as a reminder that, as exciting as these advances are, we need to be careful about how we use them.
Microsoft’s new ChatGPT-like AI is just the latest example of the amazing things that artificial intelligence can do. But it’s also a reminder that we need to be careful about how we use this technology. Let’s hope that Microsoft has learned from Google’s mistakes and is able to avoid making them itself.