Weekend Poll: You, ChatGPT and Generative AI

Are you paying attention to this emergent AI and its potential impacts?

Are you among those who’ve been hearing about ChatGPT and Bard, and contemplating positive and adverse impacts this generative artificial intelligence (AI) may have on you and your career? It’s different in a few respects from search engines such as Chrome and Explorer.

For one thing, generative AI is conversational in nature; it doesn’t provide images or take you to websites. ChatGPT is designed, in its (engineers’ and programmers’) own words, “to understand and respond to natural language queries and generate human-like responses to a wide range of questions and topics”.

As mentioned in my articles here , on LinkedIn and in my newsletters since December, I’ve been playing with ChatGPT from its outset. Google’s Bard product is currently accessible to what the corporation calls “trusted testers” before making it more broadly available. I began using ChatGPT by instructing it to write a haiku and then a limerick before moving on to queries we might tend to consider in our careers, and have been writing about those experiences and sharing screenshots. I’ve also been writing about some generative AI pros and cons, and its potential impacts for people and for careers.

If you follow me on LinkedIn, you may recall an early February 2023 post in which I wrote about anticipating subscription models for which users would pay fees. Well, once again, the future is already here. When I went to play on ChatGPT on February 10th, the system alerted me to the availability of ChatGPT Plus. For $20 CAD monthly, I was offered ChatGPT that was “Available even when demand is high”, offering “Faster response speed” and “Priority access to new features”.

What about you? Have you been using ChatGPT or other generative AI? Are you discussing it with your principal (boss), and do you know whether it’s on your leadership team’s radar? That takes us to this short and snappy Weekend Poll …

What are your thoughts on generative AI?
Yes; I have an accountYes; I'm reading about itNo
Yes; I have an account
Yes; I'm reading about it
Yes; assessing/discussing itYes; we've begun using itNoI don't know
Yes; assessing/discussing it
Yes; we've begun using it
I don't know
We're already discussing itI will once I know moreI'll let her/him bring it upNo
We're already discussing it
I will once I know more
I'll let her/him bring it up
Yes; already using it this wayIf I can trust its accuracyIt's unlikelyNo
Yes; already using it this way
If I can trust its accuracy
It's unlikely
Yes, and that's a non-issueYes - and then I shake my headNot beyond calling it "her"No
Yes, and that's a non-issue
Yes - and then I shake my head
Not beyond calling it "her"
Within the yearBy the end of 2025I don't know; is it realistic?I just miss the good old days
Within the year
By the end of 2025
I don't know; is it realistic?
I just miss the good old days


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