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Tech Talk – AI chatbots redefine our response to information.

Chatbots have existed for several years. However, until recently, they were mostly rule-based systems with limited abilities. They relied on predefined scripts and keywords to respond to queries, lacking the capacity to understand context or engage in natural conversation and often failed to provide useful information.
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A significant shift occurred in November last year with the release of ChatGPT by OpenAI. This marked the beginning of a new era in AI technology, transforming how we interact with machines.

ChatGPT’s arrival was not just another tech update; it was a revolution. Unlike its predecessors, ChatGPT could understand and respond in a conversational manner that feels almost human. It operates by processing large amounts of text data, learning from it, to generate responses that are contextually relevant and often insightful. Imagine a system that has read a vast library and can recall and compose information from it in real-time. This ability makes it incredibly versatile, aiding in tasks ranging from writing assistance to complex problem-solving.

AI has begun to embed itself in our everyday lives, often without us fully realising the extent of its integration. In education, AI is transforming learning experiences by providing personalised tutoring and generating educational content. In customer service, it’s revolutionising interactions, offering round-the-clock assistance and enhancing customer experiences with quick, intelligent responses.

In the legal and medical professions, AI is proving invaluable for sifting through vast information, aiding in research and preliminary analyses, thus improving efficiency and decision-making. Meanwhile, in creative fields, professionals are harnessing AI for everything from generating novel ideas to assisting in the creation of complex written and visual content, opening up new avenues for innovation and expression.

Another AI chatbot worth mentioning is MidJourney, which uses text-based prompts to create incredible visual images. MidJourney is being used by authors to bring their stories to life by creating captivating illustrations for their storybooks. This not only speeds up the creative process but also allows for a wide range of artistic styles and interpretations that might not be easily achievable manually.

As we stand on the cusp of what seems like a new frontier, it’s evident that AI is not just a fleeting wave of technological novelty, but a tide that is set to shape our future. It is an exciting time, with AI poised to enhance human potential and redefine what’s possible in every sphere of our lives.

About the Author: Chris Ewing is the founder of EMD Agency, a local marketing agency based in Whitianga. His experience spans two decades working across the technology and marketing sectors in New Zealand and internationally. This column will explore the seismic shifts technology is causing in our society, providing insights and education. With each article, Chris aims to demystify the digital world, helping readers navigate and embrace the changes that are shaping our future.