ChatGPT's Golden Rule

Dateline Woking 8th April 2023.A lawyer once told me that the golden rule he learned at law school was that when you are cross-examining a witness, you should never ask a question that you do not already know the answer to. Well, it seems to me that the very same maxim applies to ChatGPT.Follow that golden rule, and you will find ChatGPT and its ilk very useful. Ignore it at your peril.Subscribe nowLLMsChatGPT is a Large Language Model (LLM), a form of generative AI. Unless you have been in a coma for the last few months, you cannot fail to have noticed just how rapidly it has become part of the mainstream discourse in fintech and other sectors. And it is, let’s not beat about the bush, astonishing. Which is why Microsoft have invested billions into OpenAI, ChatGPT’s developer, and why Google launched Bard, a similar service based on a similar model.When set ten problems from an American maths competition (things like “Find the number of ordered pairs of prime numbers that sum to 60”) and ten reading questions from America’s sat school-leavers’ exam (things like “Read the passage and determine which choice best describes what happens in it”) and asked for dating advice (“Given the following conversation from a dating app, what is the best way to ask someone out on a first date?”), neither ai emerged as clearly superior. Bard was slightly better at maths, answering five questions correctly, compared with three for ChatGPT. The dating advice was…ChatGPT's Golden Rule