Should ChatGPT Development be “Paused”?
A Perspective by Elliott Masie
My focus this year has been on the explosive growth and “hype” about Open AI’s tools, including ChatGPT. Recently, a number of Tech Leaders, including Steve Wozniak, have advocated that there be a “pause” on the release of the next versions of ChatGPT - in order to get a better sense of how the power of AI will impact our society, business, education and more.
Whether or not there is an official “pause” in the rate of release of enhanced AI tools, it is clear that these technologies will be significantly impacting our conversations about the future of learning and education.
Here are a number of the questions that we should be addressing:
Copyrights & Content Ownership: How will the rights of content that is harvested on the web be respected by Open AI? If a Chat request yields text or pictures from content - is that legal or kosher?
Internal Content Repositories: For organizational users of ChatGPT, the requests will only access public and open content. But, we want our employees to access internal content, procedures, rules and best practices. How do we build and then point Chat requests by authorized users to the internal content collection?
Learning Development with AI: What are models for leveraging the machine learning and AI power of these tools in shaping and structuring instructional design? Can learners build their own learning experiences through personal chat requests?
Certification, Assessment and Credentials in the AI World: How does assessment and even certification change? Can we move to a continuous assessment model vs. “sit-down” event for credential evaluation?
Coaching, Workflow Support and Nudges with AI: Do we want to embed coaching , workflow support and even “nudges” delivered through AI to workers on a personalized and situational basis?
AI in Role Change and Replacement: How will AI be used to shape significant changes in roles and even jobs in the divisions of organizations?
Augmented Learning: Combining AI, VR and Face to Face Learning Experiences.
I believe that it is time for the Learning and Human Resource national and global organizations to help facilitate these conversations with both the technology innovators as well as organizational leaders.
AI Tools are already here and in our lives! The reason for a “pause” is to accelerate the development of strategies for how we best use, alter or even avoid certain AI tools that would have a negative impact on our lives and businesses. It is time for us to experiment, explore and field-test the current AI tools, as we provide feedback and guidance on future development. We need to be ready to shape the innovations ahead.
I will be posting Notes about these issues and discussions on a regular basis.
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See Lex Fridman's YouTube interview with Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI. OpenAI's strategy is to push these AI tools into the public consciousness while the tools are still relatively weak but still impressive, and thereby get policymakers goaded into planning intelligently for the inevitable deep socioeconomic changes to come.
These AI tech people are a tight group. I suspect the call for a pause is another tactic in that strategy to wake everyone up to the new dawn.
There is simply no way realistically to put the brakes on now! Start-ups and innovators aren't going to pause while "people" decide to set up the guard rails. Which people exactly will determine the parameters? This should have been started a long while ago if it's even possible. Once this is unleashed in the world, there's no holding back now because Twitter and other established platforms have been caught on the back foot. I already cannot manage doing without Chat GPT and no one dare take it away from me.... And I wrote this comment myself hehe (not via AI).