Generative AI: How will the new era of machine learning affect you?

Systems like ChatGPT can produce content to order, threatening not just jobs but also resulting in a surge of misinformation.

Created by research firm OpenAI, ChatGPT is the most visible of a new wave of so-called “generative” AI systems that can produce content to order. PHOTO: AFP
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Just over 10 years ago, three artificial intelligence (AI) researchers achieved a breakthrough that changed the field forever.

The “AlexNet” system, trained on 1.2 million images taken from around the Web, recognised objects as different as a container ship and a leopard with far greater accuracy than computers had managed before.

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