SIM Silver: ChatGPT – What’s All the Fuss About?


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Some materials referenced during our talk on 4/11/23 and a place to add more stuff as time goes on.

ChatGPT – Check it out for yourself!

Hard Fork Podcast Episodes

EconTalk Podcast Episodes

  • Ian Leslie on Being Human in the Age of AI, Jan 9 2023 When OpenAI launched its conversational chatbot this past November, author Ian Leslie was struck by the humanness of the computer’s dialogue. Then he realized that he had it exactly backward: In an age that favors the formulaic and generic to the ambiguous, complex, and unexpected, it’s no wonder that computers can sound eerily lifelike. Leslie tells EconTalk host Russ Roberts that we should worry less about the lifelike nature of AI and worry more that human beings are being more robotic and predictable. Leslie bolsters his argument with evidence from music and movies. The conversation includes a discussion of the role of education in wearing down the mind’s rougher, but more interesting and more authentic, edges as well as how we might strive to be more human in the age of AI.
  • Kevin Kelly on Advice, AI, and Technology, Mar 27 2023 Photographer, author, and visionary Kevin Kelly talks about his book Excellent Advice for Living with EconTalk’s Russ Roberts. His advice includes how to have a deep conversation, why it’s better to control time than money–and whether, in the end, we should give advice in the first place. Other topics of discussion include the right object of our aspirations, the reason for optimism when it comes to technology, and why Kelly is not worried about AI.

Articles and Documents

The Struggle To Be Human. Machines are learning to imitate humans but humans are already imitating machines. Ian Leslie, Dec 10, 2022

Large Language Models and the Reverse Turing Test MIT Press, February 2013. I found this article by Terrence Sejnowski, one of the field’s earliest contributors, to be a sober and sensible walk through of where we are at with all of this. In the article, he considers an emerging idea that what we’re seeing is more a reflection of the “interviewer” of these AI apps than the apps themselves and analyzes 3 relevant examples that have fueled competing views and opinions.

GPT-4 System Card “In this system card, we outline the safety challenges that arise from GPT-4, and explain the interventions we implemented to mitigate potential harms from its deployment.”

Pause Giant AI Experiments: An Open Letter

AI is entering an era of corporate control. A new report on AI progress highlights how state-of-the-art systems are now the domain of Big Tech companies. It’s these firms that now get to decide how to balance risk and opportunity in this fast-moving field. By JAMES VINCENT, Apr 3, 2023

The Great Pretender – AI doesn’t know the answer, and it hasn’t learned how to care. Devin Coldewey @techcrunch April 3, 2023. “All that matters is that these systems do not distinguish between something that is correct and something that looks correct. Once you understand that the AI considers these things more or less interchangeable, everything makes a lot more sense.”

From The White House – A Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights


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More In-Depth Coverage

What is Generative AI and How Does it Impact Businesses? | BCG (Boston Consulting Group microsite on a range of generative AI topics aimed at briefing a CEO.

Can policy keep pace with AI? ( April 7 newsletter from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) is an international organization comprised of 38 member countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, and most of the countries in Europe. The organization aims to promote economic growth, prosperity, and sustainable development worldwide by encouraging cooperation and sharing best practices among member countries.

Recorded sessions from OECD’s International Conference on AI in Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills.