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Sympathy for the algorithm

By Barry Eichengreen

11 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

In Project Syndicate, Berkeley professor Barry Eichengreen claims that ChatGPT is forcing us to reconsider the limits of AI. If a bot can pass the bar exam, surely it can provide sound legal advice?

STOCKHOLM – With hindsight, 2022 will be seen as the year when artificial intelligence gained street credibility. The release of ChatGPT by the San Francisco-based research laboratory OpenAI garnered great attention and raised even greater questions.

In just its first week, ChatGPT attracted more than a million users and was used to write computer programs, compose music, play games, and take the bar exam. Students discovered that it could write serviceable essays worthy of a B grade – as did teachers, albeit more slowly and to their considerable dismay.

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