ChatGPT is everywhere right now and I expect it is here to stay. Whether we like it or not, AI is a revolutionary invention that is going to have a huge effect on our world – both positive and negative ways.

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My first exposure to it was earlier this month when my friend and colleague Steve Spangler wrote about it here. I contacted him for his thoughts. Steve thinks, and I agree, that it’s going to make us dumber.

As if we need the help.

We already outsource so much to our smartphones. Allowing AI to help us with additional tasks will be an easy transition for many.

Steve used the example of writing an article and how we might work on writing for a half hour or so then take a break for coffee or a contemplative walk, when our thoughts run out. Then we’d continue the article armed with a new thought or inspiration. Until now, we use our brains coupled with our “voice” to write.

ChatGPT users can eliminate the contemplative walk or coffee break.

With ChatGPT, you can “write” an article in a few seconds with virtually no thinking involved. People are already using it to respond to popular social media posts to boost their online presence. Students are using AI to write papers and smart professors are using AI programs like TurnItIn to see if the students had help. Eric Wang, vice president of AI for TurnItIn said, “We’re very confident that—for the current generation of AI writing generation systems—detection is possible,”

Something tells me that over time the students will find a work-around though.

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Last week, my friend and speaking colleague, Mark Schaefer gave a demo to a mastermind group that we are in together. Both “WOW” and “scary” were my immediate responses. He wrote about the existential crisis of AI here.

Since one of the members of my mastermind group is a former college national championship winning football coach, Mark asked ChatGPT for an article on the topic of the greatest college football coaches ever written in the voice of Mark Twain. Within a few seconds, an article was generated with a highly appropriate Mark Twain quote.

In pondering the consequences of Chat GPT, a few questions surfaced that I would invite you to consider:

How will it help you?

How will it hurt you?

Will it be used in devious and illegal ways?

Will we someday wish it were never created?

What contributions will it make to the world?

What problems will it cause for the world?

What ethical issues immediately come to mind?

I found this quote – a comment on a YouTube post about Open AI:

“I used the openai chatbot to complete a paper for school once, it worked flawlessly. I had to do an 11 page research paper, I would just ask whatever question I had, and the bot pulls information from however many sources, then paraphrases and rewords it. So normally when completing a research paper, you’re meant to be doing the ‘writing in your own words’ and paraphrasing yourself, and getting the most important information in an effective way, but the openai bot literally just does all of that for me, it saved so much time. I can literally ask the most specific question, and it would know in a couple seconds, it writes something better than I could in 30 minutes.”

If you are excited about this technology, you better be at least a little frightened too. Will we even need to think in the future, or will AI do all the work for us?

BTW, to answer the question you might be considering, “Did I use ChatGPT to write this article?”

The answer is unequivocally no. I am smarter than that.

#Pausitivity #LeadershipDevelopment #ai #ChatGPT #aicrisis

Thank you @AnneMcKinney@PhillipFulmer@MarkSchaefer and @HallerinHill

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