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Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak thinks ChatGPT is 'pretty impressive,' but warned it can make 'horrible mistakes': CNBC

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Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak thinks ChatGPT is 'pretty impressive,' but warned it can make 'horrible mistakes': CNBC
  • Steve Wozniak said OpenAI's ChatGPT is "pretty impressive," during an interview with CNBC on Wednesday.
  • He also warned that it could make horrible mistakes.

Viral AI chatbot ChatGPT may have amassed 100 million users in just over two months, but it has also invited some skepticism.

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak advised caution against the popular chatbot, telling Squawk Box co-anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin in an impromptu interview on Wednesday that while he finds ChatGPT to be "pretty impressive" and "useful to humans," it also has the potential to make some serious errors.

"The trouble is it does good things for us, but it can make horrible mistakes by not knowing what humanness is," Wozniak warned.

In the interview, Wozniak also drew a parallel to the concerns surrounding AI technology in self-driving cars, and said that AI cannot currently replace human drivers.

"It's like you're driving a car, and you know what other cars might be about to do right now because you know humans," he said.

ChatGPT has become increasingly popular

But despite the cynicism surrounding the technology, ChatGPT has become increasingly popular. Recently, OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, entered into a $10 billion partnership with Microsoft to bring the AI into products like the Bing search engine and Microsoft Office.

The chatbot is easy to use — users can type in a question or request, and it will generate an appropriate response. It is capable of explaining quantum physics, writing a poem on command, and even helping students write college essays.

But it is not foolproof — Insider's Hasan Chowdhury reported in February that Sam Altman, OpenAI's CEO, admitted that ChatGPT has "shortcomings around bias," where it could potentially spit out racist, sexist, or biased responses at times.

And it's not just ChatGPT. Google's new experimental AI chatbot, Bard, gave an inaccurate answer to a question about the James Webb Space Telescope. This caused Alphabet, Google's parent company, to lose about $100 billion in market share last Thursday after the inaccuracy was widely publicized.

Steve Wozniak did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.


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