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AI Progressing Towards Human Reasoning, Raising Concerns

1 June 2023

Artificial Intelligence Takes Strides Towards Human-like Reasoning: OpenAI's GPT-4 Demonstrates Significant Progress

May 31, 2023

The realm of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has taken another giant leap towards "Artificial General Intelligence" (AGI) with OpenAI's GPT-4 language model. A recent study by Microsoft researchers suggests that GPT-4 exhibits human-like reasoning, marking a significant milestone in the AI landscape.

GPT-4's astonishing reasoning abilities emerged from a simple stacking task, where it provided a geometrically sound recommendation that stunned the research community. This finding prompted Microsoft to release a comprehensive report, arguing GPT-4's traits indicative of AGI, thus bringing the world a step closer to true AI.

While AGI remains a contentious issue within the AI community, these advancements signify a pivotal moment in the development of AI technology. As AI continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace, businesses must adapt to these changes to remain competitive.

Jon B, the founder of JBI Training, a leading provider of technology training since 1995, underscores the rapid evolution of technology. "When we began JBI Training over two decades ago, we could only dream of AI capabilities like those we see today," says Jon B. "The advancement of AI towards AGI, as demonstrated by GPT-4, is a testament to how far we've come in such a short time. It's nothing short of extraordinary."

However, as we navigate the path towards AGI, it is essential to tread carefully, understanding the societal implications, and managing potential risks. The emergence of GPT-4 fuels both excitement and skepticism, reminding us of the continued need for ethical considerations, robust research, and prudent regulations in the AI arena.

Remarkable displays of reasoning, along with other notable instances, compelled researchers to publish a comprehensive report titled "Sparks of Artificial General Intelligence: Early experiments with GPT-4." In this 155-page paper, they argue that GPT-4 exhibits traits indicative of AGI, a significant milestone in AI development.

A Closer Step to Human Reasoning: Prior studies conducted at Stanford University have revealed that earlier iterations of OpenAI's GPT possessed a "Theory of Mind," which involves predicting the actions of others. AGI, however, takes this capability further by suggesting that these platforms possess human-like reasoning abilities, albeit not synonymous with consciousness.

The notion of AGI reaching a level comparable to human intelligence gives rise to valid concerns. One example is the case of a Google engineer who claimed that a similar AI to GPT-4 exhibited sentience, leading to his dismissal from the company. Defining AGI itself poses a challenge, lacking a widely agreed-upon consensus.

Microsoft's Perspective and Skepticism: Microsoft, while highlighting GPT-4's human-like reasoning, refrains from asserting irrefutable proof of AGI. They acknowledge the subjectivity and informality of their approach, recognizing that it may not meet rigorous scientific standards. An independent AI scientist even critiques Microsoft's paper as an instance of "big companies co-opting the research paper format into PR pitches," considering Microsoft's substantial investment in OpenAI.

While some researchers believe we are witnessing the emergence of "true" or "strong" AI, others contend that such breakthroughs are far off in the future. Certain experts argue that the existing tests evaluating AI's human-like capabilities inherently suffer from flaws by focusing only on specific forms of intelligence.

As humans, we tend to anthropomorphize, attributing human characteristics to AI prematurely. However, if AGI eventually arrives, it is unlikely to resemble humans as closely as we might expect.

 The recent advancements in AI, particularly demonstrated by GPT-4's human-like reasoning, have sparked debates within the scientific community. While some hail the progress towards AGI, others remain cautious, questioning the possibility and timeline of achieving AGI. The concerns about the dangers associated with AGI's development highlight the need for careful exploration and understanding of the technology's potential impact on society.

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About the author: Craig Hartzel
Craig is a self-confessed geek who loves to play with and write about technology. Craig's especially interested in systems relating to e-commerce, automation, AI and Analytics.

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