The cutting-edge chatbot ChatGPT is capturing the world’s imagination. The new artificial intelligence app amassed 1 million users in just five days after its recent launch in November. It is but one of a dozen AI-driven so-called apps that are expected to transform human productivity and the future of work.
Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella believes that the golden age of Artificial Intelligence is “underway” and it will redefine work and businesses as we know them.
In a session at the ongoing five-day annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, Nadella said that technology will provide more and more ways to bring people together. “Microsoft is opening up access to new AI tools like ChatGPT,” Nadella was quoted in a WEF release on Wednesday.
ChatGPT answers complex questions via short prompts on a vast array of topics and even writes lyrics and poetry. As its acronym indicates, Generative Pre-training Transformer, these bots are powered by large amounts of data and computing techniques to make predictions about stringing words together in a meaningful way. They not only tap into a vast amount vocabulary and information, but also understand words in context. This helps them mimic speech patterns while dispatching an encyclopaedic knowledge.
During the session, he provided two anecdotes of recent use cases of GPT technology. The first one he cited was about an expert coder from Silicon Valley who improved their productivity by 80 per cent by using the model to help write better code faster.
The second was an Indian farmer who was able to use a GPT interface to access an opaque government programme via the internet, despite only speaking a local dialect.
Microsoft, an investor in OpenAI, has been eager to capitalize on the hype. Little wonder then that Nadella told Davos attendees that the tech giant plans to use OpenAI, the start-up behind viral text generator Chat GPT, to build AI tools into every Microsoft product.
Using the ChatGPT chatbot is fairly simple, as all you have to do is type in your text and receive the information. However, OpenAI does require an account before you can use any of its tools, so if you don’t have one, you will have to register.
Looking ahead, he said Microsoft intends to lead on quantum computing. Microsoft has all the building blocks for a next-generation quantum computer. Speaking about sustainability, the Microsoft chief said it is at the core of their business. “By 2050 Microsoft aims to not just be carbon-neutral but carbon-negative.”