In case you’ve missed it, last year chatGPT (a so called AI language model) had it’s breakthrough. ChatGPT was created by OpenAi, an initiative where one of the founders were Elon Musk. OpenAI was intended to ensure that the development of AI technology was done in a democratic way and accessible to everyone. However, this was thwarted when Microsoft bought OpenAI to make it a propriety technology. Anyhow, AI is here to stay, and most likely the development will now accelerate and soon enough there will be a disruption in how the world economy works. AI will and in many cases already have begun to disrupt whole industries, turning everything on its head.

How will those of us working in the knowledge industry be affected by this revolution? It might be too early to say, but I asked chatGPT what it had to say:

Language models like ChatGPT are already disrupting the knowledge industry and are likely to continue doing so in the future. These models have the ability to process and analyze vast amounts of information from a wide variety of sources, and can then generate human-like responses to questions and prompts.

One of the key ways that language models will disrupt the knowledge industry is by democratizing access to information. In the past, individuals and organizations often had to rely on experts or specialized databases to access information and insights. Now, with language models like ChatGPT, anyone with an internet connection can ask complex questions and receive answers in real-time. This has the potential to level the playing field for students, researchers, and other knowledge-seekers, regardless of their background or location.

Another way that language models will disrupt the knowledge industry is by transforming the way that we learn and teach. With the help of these models, we can now create personalized learning experiences that are tailored to the needs and interests of individual learners. This can help to increase engagement, motivation, and retention of knowledge, and can also help to address the challenges of teaching in diverse and rapidly changing environments.

Finally, language models will also disrupt the knowledge industry by changing the way that we think about expertise and authority. In the past, experts were often defined by their education, experience, and credentials. Now, with the rise of language models, anyone can access the same information and insights as these experts, regardless of their formal qualifications. This will likely lead to a shift in how we define and value expertise, and may also lead to changes in the way that we evaluate and reward knowledge and innovation.

So there you have it. With the power of AI, everyone is an expert in anything, right? Well it remains to be seen whether formal training and education has any impact on how well we can utilize and internalize the power of AI language model. One must also remember that language models doesn’t generate any new primary knowledge (at the moment), but it can and do generate new insights and knowledge through synthesis and analysis of existing knowledge. Exciting times indeed.

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