6 min., 2 sec.
Earlier this month, New York City public schools blocked access to the popular artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT. Educators are concerned that students could use this technology to write papers – the tool wasn't even a month old when a college professor in South Carolina caught a student using it to write an essay in philosophy class. Darren Hick of Furman University joins John Yang to discuss.
46 min., 59 sec.
Since the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT almost six months ago, little else has occupied the minds of technologists. Generative artificial intelligence—capable of producing media like text, images and audio in response to prompts—seems to be improving every day, with many technology companies developing and releasing their own competing systems. As the AI revolution accelerates, the technology is being used in ever more creative ways, companies are discovering its potential, causing unease among many content-creators and white-collar professionals, whose jobs seem to be at risk. The story of automation changing the world of work is not a new one. But the speed, the visibility and the hype surrounding generative AI can seem alarming. How worrying is it? The Economist’s Abby Bertics and Arjun Ramani explain how large language models work, the risk posed by the technology—and what to do about it. Callum Williams, our senior economics writer, ponders the potential for economic disruption as generative AI enters the workplace. Plus, Tom Standage, The Economist’s deputy editor explores the question of regulating this emerging technology without hindering innovation. Kenneth Cukier hosts. Listen to all of our coverage of the artificial intelligence revolution at economist.com/AI-pods. If you love Babbage, why not work with us? We’re hiring for an Assistant Audio Producer to work on the show. Apply by May 15th. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
50 min., 33 sec.
When OpenAI, a company founded by Microsoft pioneer Bill Gates, unveiled ChatGPT in November 2022, it marked the biggest advance in artificial intelligence (AI) in years. The revolutionary new tool can take questions from users and produce human-like responses. ChatGPT and similar chatbots developed soon after can produce coherent essays, compose music, answer test questions—and perhaps even think. "Until now, artificial intelligence could read and write, but could not understand the content," Gates said. "This will change the world." But will it change it for the better? Supporters argue that ChatGPT will help individuals and organizations review massive amounts of information, draft top-quality reports, and perform many valuable functions, such as writing and developing computer programs. It will free humans to do more high-level tasks, they contend, and create new jobs in the process. But critics caution that ChatGPT poses a serious danger to people's privacy and threatens to undermine many basic norms of society. It could eliminate jobs, they contend, spur the spread of disinformation, and ultimately reduce humans' capacity for reason and writing. Will ChatGPT do more harm than good?