Monthly Archives: March 2023

Elon wants to press pause on AI? An Open Letter

The latest innovations around AI-based tech are pushing the boundaries of what we once thought was possible with AI. However, with chatbots like ChatGPT and Bing Chat getting nearly as good as humans at several things, is it time to hit the brakes for a while?

Elon Musk and several AI researchers are among the 1,188 people (at the time of writing) that think so. A letter published by the non-profit Future of Life institute calls for a six-month pause on training AI technologies better than GPT 4, but is a pause really required?

Some strange inconsistencies with the signatories aside, the letter is odd. It criticizes the deployment of powerful chatbot technology as rash, but also over-hypes their capabilities, drawing on the doom-mongering about AI and killer robots that have captivated the press and distracted from more nuanced, real-world risks.

“Should we develop nonhuman minds that might eventually outnumber, outsmart, obsolete and replace us?” it asks dramatically (emphasis from the authors). “Should we risk loss of control of our civilization?”

Of course not, but there are issues we should be more worried about now, like the concentration of AI capabilities among a few increasingly secretive companies, inequality as artists find their work plagiarized without compensation, and all the risks to come from companies racing to plug ChatGPT into their systems.

On that last point, the toothpaste is already out of the tube. OpenAI last week launched a new system that will allow businesses to plug ChatGPT into their proprietary databases, allowing its chatbot to carry out tasks on their systems like retrieving information, making bookings and even running new software that it creates.

While the plugin announcement didn’t get much attention in the mainstream press, many technologists saw it as a stunning leap forward for ChatGPT. Not only could it search and synthetize information it had been trained on, it could take action.

Think about that for a moment. Machine learning systems make decisions in an inscrutable black box. OpenAI spent seven months testing GPT-4 before releasing it into to the wild, but its so-called “red team” engineers, who tested how it might be misused, could only cover a fraction of the ways it might be exploited by millions of real-world users. However much OpenAI has tested and prodded its system to make sure it is safe, no one really knows the full extent of its risks until it is deployed publicly. And those risks become more serious when ChatGPT can start doing things on the web.

Taking such gambles is, of course, what made ChatGPT so popular. OpenAI made a bet by making ChatGPT public and the result was public adulation and viral success for an AI team that’s tiny compared with those that work for Big Tech firms.

Now with these plugins OpenAI is making another gamble, giving ChatGPT even more capabilities and unleashing it to businesses. So far, 11 companies including Expedia Group Inc. and payments operator Klarna Bank SB have “plugged” ChatGPT into their servers as initial test cases. 1

Some of the new capabilities that OpenAI is offering businesses look dicey. One, called “code interpreter,” allows a business to get ChatGPT to write and even execute code on its behalf. Software developers typically use a code interpreter to make sure the program they’re writing works as intended, allowing them to test small snippets. With the new plugin, ChatGPT can also write and test code, and that sounds potentially hazardous from a security perspective.

“I hope that there are enough guardrails in place,” said Edo Liberty, the former head of Amazon AI Labs and current CEO of Pinecone, a startup that has a technical partnership with OpenAI on one of its new plugins, when I asked him about the risks of letting ChatGPT run code. “This is something that could theoretically be a vulnerability.”

Marco Cardoso, a software engineer with Microsoft Corp. based in Sao Paulo Brazil, tested ChatGPT’s new code-writing abilities and noted how remarkable it was that the system could “now make requests to any server on the Internet.” But that also meant there was “nothing stopping” ChatGPT from accessing a network it wasn’t supposed to. To prevent that, Cardoso put in his own guardrail, explicitly instructing the tool to only access one particular domain. But that puts extra responsibility on the users of ChatGPT, he noted. What’s to stop it from making a request to an unknown server?

Ethan Mollick, a professor at Wharton who has experimented extensively with ChatGPT, tweeted this week that trying out its plugins put a spotlight on OpenAI’s own research about the “unpredictable risks” of connecting the tool to other systems.

OpenAI’s nimbleness as a small company has allowed it to move quickly to release remarkable new technology to the public, from DALL-E 2 to ChatGPT to GPT-4, all within a year, achieving the kind of impact that much larger companies could only dream of. But the flip side is that we’re all guinea pigs for utterly new and potentially flawed technology.

In some ways, it doesn’t really matter if OpenAI agrees to the open letter and pauses its development work for six months. With companies rushing to plug ChatGPT into their systems and test it out on the public, it may already be too late.

Now that you’ve read about the open letter signed by public figures calling for a pause on training language models more powerful than GPT-4, it’s time to have your say. Do you agree with Elon Musk and the signatories? Head over to our LinkedIn page to vote on whether you think Elon Musk wants to pause AI.

geniFLASH team,

foreSIGHTS – March 2023 Edition

Dear Valued Readers,

Welcome to our third edition of foreSIGHTS newsletter for this year.

In this edition, we would like to highlight the following topics:

What’s trending? Google announces AI features in Gmail, Docs, Sheets, more

Latest Updates: Chat GPT 4 will make you a Super Human!

geniSIGHTS Updates: geniSIGHTS @ NIdhi accelerator to showcase its relevance to Manufacturing domain in front of GOI panel

geniFLASH Interactive session at IIT Madras Research Park on the 23rd of March: Join us for a session where our experts will be discussing the latest trends and best practices in AI and Business Intelligence.

We hope you find this edition informative, and we look forward to connecting with you soon!

Best Regards,
Team geniSIGHTS

What’s trending? Google announces AI features in Gmail, Docs, Sheets, more

Google has announced new generative AI features for its Workspace apps, including Google Docs, Gmail, Sheets, Slides, Meet, and Chat.

With the new AI features, users will be able to draft, reply, summarise and prioritise their Gmail. In Docs, they will get to brainstorm, proofread, write, and rewrite, while in Slides, they will get to bring their creative vision to life with auto-generated images, audio, and video.

Moreover, in Sheets, users will be able to go from raw data to insights and analysis via auto-completion, formula generation, and contextual categorisation, while in Meet, they will be able to generate new backgrounds and capture notes. In Chat, the new AI features will enable workflows for getting things done for users. “We’ll launch these new experiences this month via our trusted tester programme, starting with English in the US. From there, we’ll iterate and refine the experiences before making them available more broadly to consumers, small businesses, enterprises, and educational institutions in more countries and languages,” Google said in a blogpost.

Meanwhile, Google is reportedly working on a new “Search Companion” feature for its web browser Google Chrome. he Search Companion will be a helpful new way to search the web using Lens. With the new feature, the tech giant aims to bring a deeper connection between Lens and Chrome.

Chat GPT-4 is here: All you need to know about the AI tool from OpenAI



GPT-4 is 82% less likely to respond to requests for disallowed content than its predecessor and scores 40% higher on certain tests of factuality. It will also let developers decide their AI’s style of tone and verbosity.
For example, GPT-4 can assume a Socratic style of conversation and respond to questions with questions. The previous iteration of the technology had a fixed tone and style.
The latest version has outperformed its predecessor in the U.S. bar exam and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GPT-4 can also help individuals calculate their taxes, a demonstration by Greg Brockman, OpenAI’s president, showed.


Chat GPT could take a photo of a hand-drawn mock-up for a simple website and create a real one by providing the code for the website.


Chat GPT can provide you with step-by-step prompts for Chrome extensions as per your prompt.


When you upload an image, it can give you the context of the image you’ve uploaded along with the answers to the query you’ve asked for. This version of Chat GPT can even understand the humor in the image.


With an appropriate prompt, if you wanted to create a “Super Mario Game”, it could provide HTML code to make a “Super Mario Game” on a website. All you need to do is copy and paste the HTML code, and you’ll get a fully functional game at the very end. Similarly, you could create other such games with a given prompt.


According to OpenAI, GPT-4 has similar limitations as its prior versions and is “less capable than humans in many real-world scenarios.” Inaccurate responses known as “hallucinations” have been a challenge for many AI programs, including GPT-4.

OpenAI said GPT-4 can rival human propagandists in many domains, especially when teamed up with a human editor. It cited an example where GPT-4 came up with suggestions that seemed plausible when it was asked about how to get two parties to disagree with each other.

OpenAI Chief Executive Officer Sam Altman said GPT-4 was “most capable and aligned” with human values and intent, though “it is still flawed.” GPT-4 generally lacks knowledge of events that occurred after September 2021, when the vast majority of its data was cut off.


While GPT-4 can process both text and image inputs, only the text-input feature will be available to Chat GPT Plus subscribers and software developers, with a waitlist, while the image-input ability is not publicly available yet. The subscription plan, which offers faster response time and priority access to new features and improvements, was launched in February and costs $20 per month. GPT-4 powers Microsoft’s Bing AI chatbot and some features on language learning platform Duolingo’s subscription tier.

geniSIGHTS @ NIDHI accelerator to showcase its relevance to Manufacturing domain in front of GOI panel

We are thrilled to share the news that GeniFLASH has been shortlisted to present at the upcoming Government of India meeting in Pune on the 29th of March. This is an incredible achievement for our team, and we are proud of the hard work and dedication that has led us to this national stage.

The team is excited to showcase our innovative wares to a wider audience and make a mark with our product in 2023. This moment of glory and pride is a testament to the power of hard work and determination. We are grateful for the recognition and opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in the field of business intelligence.

we also want to express our gratitude to the Government of India for this incredible opportunity. We are humbled and honored to have been shortlisted, and we look forward to making the most of this momentous occasion.

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