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Editorial Snapshot: ChatGPT: The AI revolution is arriving

- C.C., Editor

As we mentioned in a previous issue of our newsletter, GPT-3 is a state-of-the-art language model developed by OpenAI. Another language model that’s worth noting is ChatGPT, also developed by OpenAI. ChatGPT is designed to provide real-time responses to users based on the information it has been trained on.

One way ChatGPT could be used is in the world of academic publishing. It could be used to quickly summarize research articles for editors and reviewers, and provide suggestions for revising articles to make them more clear and readable. Additionally, ChatGPT could potentially generate abstracts and summaries in multiple languages, expanding the reach of research. These are just a few of the ways ChatGPT could be useful in academic publishing.

Now, would you be surprised to discover that the above text was generated by ChatGPT (links were manually added afterward)? Note that while the text for the Japanese version of this article has been translated by a human, the application is indeed capable of operating in different languages, albeit with somewhat less impressive performance than in English. ChatGPT is an application built on GPT-3.5, an evolution of the GPT-3 model. It is astoundingly versatile, and was capable of understanding my prompts (even when they were lengthy and worded inefficiently) and producing relatively natural-sounding outputs accordingly.

As it rightly notes in the text it helped me generate about itself, this tool has the potential to assist us in a wide variety of tasks. However, there are still many issues of concern that need to explored with the public release of such a powerful tool, with one such example being the concern regarding its use for cyber-crime.

More relevant to academia, are those concerns surrounding the ethics of ChatGPT’s use, and the accuracy and reliability of the generated responses, which, though often worded convincingly, are a matter of genuine concern across many fields of application. The AI revolution is coming, and with future iterations of language models and other machine learning systems, the concerns will almost certainly be magnified along with their potential. These issues and more will be further discussed in next month’s issue!

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