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ChatGPT News Roundup
Posted On March 28, 2023
NewsBreaks has been keeping tabs on ChatGPT, the generative AI chatbot tool from OpenAI, since its buzzy launch toward the end of 2022. Although articles and posts about ChatGPT are published daily around the web, NewsBreaks aims to choose the most interesting ones (and the ones that may not have made their way through the info pro community already) to share with readers in the twice-weekly News Digests. If you search Google for “ChatGPT,” you’ll receive more than 800 million hits, so of course, even daily coverage could ever only scratch the surface of what’s been said in the past 5 months. (For comparison, a Google search for, say, “trigonometry,” which has been around since the 3rd century B.C.E., returns only about half the amount of hits, at about 423 million.) There is no sign of interest in the tool slowing down, and NewsBreaks will continue to bring you information about this fascinating step in AI evolution. 

The following is NewsBreaks’ coverage of ChatGPT so far, with, undoubtedly, much more to come:

Information Today, Information Today, Inc.’s newsmagazine for users and producers of digital information services, has been featuring exclusive articles about ChatGPT by columnists whose imaginations have been captured by the tool.

Check out Sophia Guevara’s The Help Desk column, “How Info Pros Can Use ChatGPT,” and Linda Pophal’s Let’s Get Strategic column, “ChatGPT: Opportunities and Risks Related to AI-Generated Content,” from the March 2023 issue. In the April 2023 issue, Marci Wicker writes “A Q&A With ChatGPT About Inclusivity” for her EDI Perspectives column. See below for a sneak peek, and subscribe to Information Today (in print, PDF, or print-plus-PDF for personal or institutional use) for the full article and for the rest of the ChatGPT articles planned throughout the year. 

With more than 1 million uses within the first week of ChatGPT’s release—for purposes such as creating code and writing essays—the reaction of fear and doubt is not unexpected. OpenAI’s technology suite, including ChatGPT, has the capability of producing creative writing, music, art, and jokes and humor, along with pranks and hoaxes. This type of machine learning and language AI is projected to change industries such as business, education, customer service, healthcare, banking, and retail. Some of the ways it transforms these areas will be problematic due to how they function, and people are feeling apprehension about the legal, procedural, ethical, and financial effects that ChatGPT and technology like it may have.

In addition, conversations and questions have been swirling around in the disability community concerning ChatGPT and its effects that have a much different flavor. The free and open source nature of ChatGPT has sparked hope and excitement because of the opportunities it may give people with disabilities to live more independently and be more active participants in their own lives. The rapidity of technology advancement and its diffuse integration in our society could mean that this reality may come very soon for the disability community.

Brandi Scardilli is the editor of NewsBreaks and Information Today.

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