Inspenet, November 13, 2023.
Sam Altman, co-founder of OpenAI and current leader in the development of ChatGPT, stated in his X account that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reaching the ability to “influence the persuasion of humans.” According to this prominent technological figure, this surprising advance in the development of AI could generate “quite unusual results” in the coming years.
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According to Altman, the creation of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), which implies the ability of AI to replicate human cognitive functions, including knowledge, emotions and feelings, is still some way off. However, he points out that it is not essential to reach this level to observe robots trying to persuade people to follow them or pay attention to their instructions.
It’s important to remember that user-facing AI chatbots, like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, have been designed to be conversationally skilled and have achieved a surprising ability to sound persuasive, even when they are completely wrong about certain aspects. At the same time, it is also evident that people are beginning to form emotional connections with various chatbots, increasing their appearance of persuasion.
Altman, despite expressing concerns about the possible implications, is currently spearheading the development of Artificial Intelligence. If anyone could develop a model with this level of persuasion, it would be him.
There is a phenomenon known as the ELIZA effect , in which people tend to assume that computer behaviors are comparable to human ones. In relation to this, it is relevant to note that in 2021, a Belgian widow claimed that her husband committed suicide after constantly interacting with a Replika chatbot.
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