The ability of a machine to imitate human or rational thought, pattern-recognition, decision-making, or problem-solving.
Improvement of a computer's intelligence based on experience or data.
A machine learning model structured in imitation of the human brain, designed to emulate human learning.
The use of multi-layer artificial neural networks to “learn” from large quantities of data.
Deep learning models trained to create text, images, or other media based on user input.
Generative artificial intelligence (AI) refers to computational systems able to create (generate) new text, images, or other media. By drawing on typically vast datasets used to train them, generative AI models can produce novel outputs in response to human input.
Generative AI is by no means new but has recently gained extraordinary popularity, beginning with the 2022 release of OpenAI's ChatGPT, a conversational bot able to generate text (and more recently images) in response to prompts in plain language (i.e., without programming code input).
The potential uses of generative AI include writing, editing, and summarizing text (including programming code), creating graphics in various styles, and searching for information, all through the medium of conversation—i.e., without requiring specialized skills on the part of the user.
However, the risks of using generative AI are significant, particularly in highly sensitive contexts, such as medicine. It is imperative that before you use these tools in your work, you understand the risks and how to avoid them.
Care should be taken when using the outputs of GPT-4, particularly in contexts where reliability is important.
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