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Beyond the Hype: How ChatGPT and AI Could Actually Make Us Smarter


Recently, we’ve seen a boom in AI technologies, especially large language models (LLMs). This is a revolutionary period for humanity that we’re living through. The world is entering a new era: the age of AI. So, what is it exactly? Well, contrary to its name, artificial intelligence is actually pretty limited. Most contemporary AI is being trained on a vast amount of text data from the internet using deep learning techniques, specifically the transformer architecture in the case of ChatGPT. Given a prompt, it generates a natural language response based on patterns and rules that it “learned” during its training phase. And this process mostly involves predicting the next word in the pattern most effectively.

Sidenote: Also see the unpredictable abilities emerging from large AI models.

For the purposes of this blog, when I refer to AI, I mean ChatGPT unless otherwise stated, but these things apply to any such technology.

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So, how can AI make us smarter?

Did you know that Plato is said to have despised books because, according to him, books would make people forgetful and dumber? On the contrary, books had exactly the opposite effect! We can document things, plan, record, and most importantly, save information reliably and transfer it to other people. Books have been a boon for humanity, and I don’t think anyone disagrees with that. Similarly, AI technologies like ChatGPT have the potential to make us smarter in several ways and boost productivity by many factors.

First, AI can help us access and analyze vast amounts of information quickly and efficiently, allowing us to learn and understand new concepts more rapidly. This is something that I’ve been using for quite some time. This is more effective than just Googling because it is interactive and can respond to the user’s doubts more clearly and quickly.

Second, AI tools can personalize our learning experience by identifying our strengths and weaknesses and adapting the content to suit our individual needs. As AI is adapted into more services, we’ll soon see education apps and maybe institutions employing its capabilities to make learning more personalized. However, before that, we need to work out its ability to help students cheat in homework, assignments, and/or exams. Perhaps the whole notion of homework will be redefined in the coming decade.

Third, AI can assist in decision-making processes, providing insights and recommendations based on data analysis and predictive modeling. This is already in use on most e-commerce sites, but those AIs, such as on Amazon, are very limited and will soon cease to exist.

Finally, the dreaded but most impactful, AI can be used to automate repetitive tasks, freeing up our time and mental energy for more complex and creative endeavors. As AI technologies continue to evolve, they have the potential to transform the way we learn and work, making us more efficient, effective, and intelligent. We’re already seeing this in the software development space with code assistants such as GitHub Co-Pilot.

But we could become dumber if we’re not careful

While AI technologies like ChatGPT have the potential to make us smarter, it’s also important to be careful and mindful of their limitations and potential pitfalls. Moreover, we are all prone to automation bias, which Wikipedia defines as:

The propensity for humans to favor suggestions from automated decision-making systems and to ignore contradictory information made without automation, even if it is correct.

Here are a few things to keep in mind while using AI tools:

Bonus: Only a handful of for-profit companies own these technologies so you never know when they do something stupid to boost the profits!


Use AI tools mindfully, just like social media it can be an amazing thing or become worse than social media. This is still a new technology, and we’re about to see how it’ll evolve and reshape the world in the next 5-10 years. Let’s hope it doesn’t go rogue and destroy all humanity. 😅🤞

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