ON CHATGPT & AI
Like so many people working at the edge of media and technology, Web3 and Web2, and trying to predict what today’s tools might become and how we will use them in the future, I have been seeing quite a few posts about AI, AR and ways to engage with it, guide it, have it tell me what to have for dinner, how to clean my cat, or play games of fake basketball in my living room against my friends who are thousands of miles away playing in my/their living rooms on their phones. Not in a chat with a headset and playing and seeing the same game from a different angle, but in a “hangout” or a “dream” or a “game” that is using the camera on a phone or tablet to overlay information and images over what is already in front of me.
This is sort of like being on Acid, it’s cool, and weird and makes you feel funny. I know it’s not real, but you keep looking behind the phone to see if that alien that just crash landed in your backyard is there next to your dog. Because who knows? An alien from another planet could crash in my backyard, and I could be on acid.
When ChatGPT showed up, I was able to start playing with it. I was confused as to why I needed another box to enter a prompt to return an answer, isn’t that what Google is for? Or Alexa or Siri- who search the internet for us based on voice commands? I asked the screen for Coconut cookies. The answer was reasonable and a believable recipe. I asked how to get my kids to eat more vegetables. ChatGPT spit out a list of things that seem a little like a listicle, and are information that I could probably have gotten with a google (or other) web search, but I would have had to parse through advertising, promoted links with an agenda, and then land on a site that I either trusted, or at the very least had heard of to look at a list.
One of the compelling, and I suppose scary things about a bot like ChatGPT is that it gives you an answer that seems plausible, and allows you to move on and use the information you have gained. It would be easy to start relying on it and calling it by a name, Steve or Jon or Alice. I think the fact that it returns one answer or a short list is a great part of the tech, it is not a rehashing of everything on the internet, it is like a pre-filter and just like the rest of the internet you need to take any response with a grain of salt, these are not facts per se, but you as a human are bombarded with information all the time you need to parse, and ChatGPT is a great tool when you look in your cabinet and wonder “what the heck an I gonna do with this shredded coconut?”