4 things ChatGPT will refuse to do, and one it simply can’t do
Do you know that ChatGPT is an incredible resource that you should familiarize yourself with as quickly as possible. I have already explained that I think the future of computing will rely on artificial intelligence (AI) like ChatGPT and augmented reality (AR) that Vision Pro can provide. For ChatGPT, that means dealing with various limitations, some of which will never disappear. So there are things ChatGPT will refuse to do and simple can’t do as we discuss them below.
That is to say, ChatGPT will continue to refuse to provide certain assistance even once it gets smarter than it currently is. That’s because OpenAI put in place various provisions that ensure you can’t use ChatGPT to assist with nefarious activities. So let’s see some of the things ChatGPT can’t do for you.
ChatGPT can’t and will never predict the future
You would think that generative AI products would be able to predict the future, considering the amount of data they have on hand. However, that is not the case. Not for the free ChatGPT version, atleast. And that’s not because the chatbot isn’t hooked up to the internet.
Foremost, such task might require an intensive use of resources. Secondly, it could be dangerous to release a generative AI model that can do that. So don’t expect future ChatGPT models to assist you with that, unless you build them yourself.
ChatGPT is not always accurate
Generative AI products available right now will make mistakes. Plenty of them. Some, like Google Bard’s early blunder, will be costly. That means you should not trust ChatGPT at all times. And always ask for references and links that you can inspect yourself.
This is because, it will be a while until ChatGPT’s accuracy problem is fixed. Until then, you will have to deal with its hallucinations. That shouldn’t be a problem as long as you know ChatGPT can make stuff up.
ChatGPT won’t provide private information
OpenAI has scraped the internet for data to feed ChatGPT, thus likely violating copyright in the process. Moreover, the first versions of the chatbot lacked privacy control, which meant all your data would reach its servers.
Contrary to that behavior, OpenAI built rules into ChatGPT to prevent it from providing private information about other people to anyone. As SlashGear found, you can’t get Jeff Bezos’ medical records using ChatGPT. Don’t expect other chatbots to do it, either.
ChatGPT can’t access the live internet
The biggest problem with the free version of ChatGPT is that it’s not connected to the internet. You do reach it using the internet, and it responds to your prompt via the internet. But it can’t see the live internet. ChatGPT can’t access data newer than September 2021.
If you are on ChatGPT Plus, it has access to the internet via Bing Search, however. And I would expect the free option to get a similar connection in the future. You can also use Bing Search and Google Bard if you want internet-connected generative AI products.
Lastly, Now that I have covered ChatGPT’s biggest issue and one OpenAI can’t readily fix, let review what it simply can’t do.
ChatGPT won’t help you commit a crime
If you thought that ChatGPT would be a perfect partner in crime, well, that would be wrong. OpenAI built protections into the chatbot to ensure that won’t happen. And that will never change when it comes to smarter generative AI models.
If anything, you will be even less likely to outsmart future versions of ChatGPT. Because right now, if you ask the right questions, ChatGPT can assist you with illegal activities. Like helping you find sites that makes available copyright content downloads for free or creating malware so powerful that antivirus software can’t detect it. Put differently, the Europol is right to worry that products like ChatGPT can help creative criminals. It’s all about how good and convincing the prompt is.