The news has exploded with stories about AI or artificial intelligence. One app that is getting a lot of attention is ChatGPT. It seems it will generate all types of writing. I was in the process of writing an article for the Times Record and thought I would try it out. A friend and colleague from the days of the Maine Technology Learning Initiative, Jim Moulton, said he had asked ChatGPT to write a poem about Maine in the style of Emily Dickinson. So, I appropriated the idea and asked ChatGPT to write a sonnet about Maine. Here it is–what do you think?
Sonnet # 1
There lies a state with rugged beauty prime,
A place that stirs the soul and hearts entwine.
Oh Maine, the way you boast your coastal charm,
With jagged cliffs and seagulls in the air,
The waves that crash upon your rocky arm,
Proclaim a beauty that’s both bold and rare.
Your forests deep, your lakes pristine and clear,
The loons that sing at night, the moose at play,
The hills and valleys that so grand appear,
Are treasures to be cherished day by day.
Maine, you hold a special place in me,
A home that fills my heart with purest glee.
Then I asked the app to write a 1000 word newspaper article about AI:
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most transformative technologies of the 21st century, and its impact on our lives is only going to increase in the coming years. From self-driving cars to chatbots, AI is already changing the way we live, work, and interact with the world around us. In this article, we’ll explore what AI is, how it works, and some of the key challenges and opportunities it presents.
What is AI?
At its most basic level, AI refers to computer systems that can perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and language translation. AI systems are typically designed to learn from data and improve over time, using a variety of algorithms and techniques such as neural networks, deep learning, and natural language processing.
AI is a broad field, and there are many different types of AI systems, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Some AI systems are designed to mimic human intelligence as closely as possible, while others are more focused on specific tasks, such as image recognition or language translation.
How does AI work?
At its core, AI works by analyzing large amounts of data and using that data to make predictions or decisions. For example, an AI system that’s trained to recognize images of cats might be fed thousands of pictures of cats, along with labels indicating which ones are cats and which ones aren’t. Over time, the AI system will learn to recognize the patterns and features that distinguish cats from other animals, allowing it to accurately identify new images of cats that it hasn’t seen before.
To make these predictions, AI systems typically use a variety of algorithms and techniques, including neural networks, decision trees, and support vector machines. These algorithms allow the AI system to make complex decisions based on the data it’s been trained on, and to adjust its predictions over time as it learns more.
What are the challenges and opportunities of AI?
Like any transformative technology, AI presents both challenges and opportunities. On the one hand, AI has the potential to revolutionize many industries and improve our lives in countless ways. Self-driving cars, for example, could dramatically reduce the number of car accidents and fatalities, while AI-powered medical diagnosis systems could help doctors detect diseases earlier and with greater accuracy.
On the other hand, AI also poses significant challenges, particularly around issues of bias, privacy, and employment. AI systems are only as good as the data they’re trained on, and if that data is biased or incomplete, the AI system will likely produce biased or incomplete results. This can be particularly problematic in fields such as criminal justice, where AI-powered decision-making systems have been shown to be biased against certain racial and ethnic groups.
Privacy is another major concern with AI. As AI systems become more ubiquitous and powerful, they will be able to collect and analyze vast amounts of data about us, from our browsing habits to our social interactions. This raises important questions about who has access to that data, how it’s being used, and how we can ensure that our privacy rights are protected.
Finally, there’s the issue of employment. AI has the potential to automate many jobs that are currently performed by humans, leading to significant job losses in some industries. While AI may create new jobs in other areas, such as data analysis and machine learning, there’s no guarantee that these jobs will be accessible or desirable for everyone.
What’s next for AI?
Despite the challenges and risks associated with AI, it’s clear that the technology is here to stay, and its impact on our lives is only going to increase in the coming years. As AI systems become more advanced and more integrated into our daily lives, it will be increasingly important to ensure that they’re designed and implemented in a way that promotes the public good and protects our rights and interests.
Both of these pieces were generated in seconds!
As Bob Dylan wrote…The times, they are a-changing!
PS–I did write my own article and did not use ChatGPT (-: