Mark Cuban may be entertained by chatbots like Microsoft-backed ChatGPT and Google’s upcoming Bard — but he’s not ready to rely on them.
The billionaire tech entrepreneur and investor said on a recent episode of comedian Jon Stewart’s podcast, “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” that online misinformation is “only getting worse” as artificial intelligence platforms develop and spread.
Cuban said that right now, misinformation spreads through social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter — and it’s accompanied by a handful of human defenders. But with ChatGPT and other similar platforms, the machines are in control.
Cuban said, “Once these things start to take on a life of their own … it will be difficult for us to define why and how the machine makes its decisions and who controls the machine.”
Tens of millions of users have tried writing poems, giving advice and reciting recipes to ChatGPT since the platform launched in November. But so far, technology isn’t showing itself to be smarter than the average human.
Posting simplified errors of chatbots is a popular social media trend. Occasionally, ChatGPT answers math problems incorrectly, refuses to answer basic puzzles and even “hallucinates” – or completely makes up historical figures, events and other details. that look like facts.
ChatGPT can also contradict itself, sometimes giving different answers to the same question over and over again.
Similarly, shares of Google parent company Alphabet plunged more than 9% this week after Bard incorrectly answered a question about NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in one of Google’s first ads for the AI platform. declined.
The company is feeling pressure to compete with ChatGPT after a group of Google employees blamed CEO Sundar Pichai for the “rushed, misdirected” release of Bard, CNBC reported Friday.
“Validating the market’s fears about us running the bard to the market in panic,” read a post on an internal Google forum reviewed by CNBC, along with a photo of the face-palming bird.
The errors show that the technology is still in its infancy. Cuban said this is a problem, especially for people who don’t always fact-check claims they see on the Internet.
Cuban said, “Our generation, Gen X and older, don’t understand it.” “Gen Z and younger, they’re not only native to it, they know how to block things … they’re in tune with all of these issues.”
Microsoft, for its part, acknowledges that the technology behind ChatGPT isn’t perfect — even though it plans to incorporate it into an upcoming version of its search engine, Bing.
The company’s recently updated FAQ page states, “Bing sometimes misrepresents the information it finds, and you may see responses that seem solid but are incomplete, inaccurate, or inappropriate.”
In the short term, that could be a problem — a concern Cuban shares with fellow tech billionaire Steve Wozniak. But other industry veterans have expressed enthusiasm about the technology’s long-term prospects.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, for example, thinks platforms like ChatGPT represent a booming technological revolution that will have a “huge impact” on health care and education, he told the German-language business newspaper Handelsblatt on Thursday. told K’s “Disrupted” podcast.
Gates said, “Today, they require a lot of computation, they’re not always accurate … But also this week, you’ll have announcements from Microsoft and Google, where they’re competing to lead in this area.” Have been.” “Progress will be intense over the next few years to make these things even better.”
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