ChatGPT – Where is artificial intelligence taking us?

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I am grateful for you,
And the love you bring to my life too.
For those of us who wish to send the ideal Valentine’s card, but who sometimes cannot seem to find le mot juste, help may be at hand. This comes courtesy of the innovative Chat Generative Pre-Trained Transformer, commonly called ChatGPT. This is a chatbot, an online robot launched by the OpenAI company in November 2022, and the creators state that it is fine-tuned with both supervised and reinforcement learning techniques. In their opinion this means that it already writes good text at present and that it will also keep improving as it goes along. Who knows what it might be able to write if we give it a few years?
Before we go any further, I need to say that I am not altogether comfortable with talking about ChatGPT by using that rather boring industry name. For a start, how does one even pronounce it? In my experience of popular culture, computers or robots with artificial intelligence (AI) always have names, as if to somewhat humanise them and make them a bit more friendly and accessible. My friend’s early Osborne computer was always Ozzy, and the crew in 2001 A Space Odyssey had the rebellious Hal. Even Maxwell Smart had Hymie. Therefore, maybe we can call ChatGPT by the more friendly name of Ziggy.

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