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The AI Revolution and the Singularity: Insights from a Pioneer

Feb. 14, 2023.
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Lewis Farrell

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AI is transforming computing, and the prospect of artificial general intelligence and the “singularity” – the point at which machines outperform humans in capability – is closer than we thought. Turing Award winner and former Stanford University professor John Hennessy believes that AI systems such as ChatGPT are propelling us toward these technological dreams. While AI has revolutionized computing by making speech recognition commonplace and allowing us to unlock our phones with our faces, new developments in AI such as ChatGPT and Bard are generating new text and imagery, holding conversations, and even writing programs and poetry.

The question is whether AI can match the versatility of the human brain. Despite this uncertainty, Hennessy is optimistic about AI’s ability to continue to improve. The fundamental breakthrough in AI is learning from training data, which allows computers to navigate the complexities of the real world without the use of if-this-then-that software.

One issue with generative AI is that it has the potential to mislead us. Hennessy, on the other hand, sees AI as a “amplifier” that can help us improve what we produce. Google has similar concerns, which is why they waited until ChatGPT had gained so much traction before releasing Bard. While the AI revolution is breathtaking, we must exercise caution and ensure that we do not release a system that says or creates harmful or harmful things.

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