Vint Cerf, the “father of the internet” and top evangelist at Google, offers a warning for company leaders wanting to close conversational AI agreements quickly: “Don’t.” On Monday, Cerf pleaded with delegates at a conference in Mountain View, California, not to rush to invest in conversational AI merely because “it’s a trendy issue.”
The warning comes as ChatGPT is experiencing a surge in popularity. The gathering at the conference on Monday heard Cerf say, “There’s an ethical question here that I hope some of you would examine.” He commented about Google’s Bard conversational AI, which was unveiled last week. “Everyone’s talking about ChatGPT or Google’s version of that and we know it doesn’t always operate the way we would like it to,” he added.
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His warning comes as major tech firms like Google, Meta, and Microsoft struggle with maintaining competition in conversational AI while quickly developing a system that still frequently makes mistakes.
John Hennessy, the chairman of Alphabet, stated earlier in the day that the systems are still far from being generally usable and that several problems with “toxicity” and inaccuracy need to be fixed before the product is even tested on the general population. Since 2005, Cerf has worked at Google as a vice president and “chief internet evangelist.” Because he collaborated on some of the architecture used to lay the foundation for the internet, he is regarded as one of its “fathers.”
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In order to add an emoji to the end of each line, Cerf said he tried to ask one of the systems to do so. When he informed the system that it hadn’t done that, it apologized but didn’t alter its conduct. He stated of the chatbots, “We are a long way from consciousness or self-awareness. According to him, there is a discrepancy between what technology claims it can accomplish and what it really achieves. “That’s the issue. You can’t tell the difference between an accurate response and one that is elegantly delivered. Cerf gave an example of a time he requested a chatbot to give him a biography. He said that despite the fact that the bot’s response was factual, it was presented as reality.