Chat GPT : Has artificial intelligence made us advanced ? – Bhagavad Gita Perspective

Chat GPT, released by OpenAI in November 2022 is the latest and the most powerful chatbot ever made. It is a chatbot that can write essays for students, compose music and write and debug computer programs. California high school teacher and author Daniel Herman wrote that ChatGPT would usher in “The End of High School English”. Let us now discuss where artificial intelligence has taken us and where it will take us in future.

Artificial intelligence through speech recognition and language processing techniques can make our life a lot comfortable. Amazon’s Alexa can order food for us. She can turn off the lights when we go out. Apple’s Siri can drive us home. Is it good to be comfortable? No. A comfortable life traps us into self-obsession and sensuality that offers fleeting happiness and eventually lands us in frustration. A comfortable life does not allow us to grow our wisdom, skills and abilities. Life is tough and we need to grow and learn continuously. We need a healthy balance between challenge and comfort in life (BG 6.17). If we do not use our own intelligence, it does not grow. Therefore we need to intelligently balance between depending on our intelligence and using artificial intelligence.

The knowledge and intelligence of an AI system is limited. The growth of knowledge and intelligence of AI system is also limited. The AI systems are trained from a limited pool of knowledge. The AI systems are trained for a limited time. Therefore it cannot be guaranteed that for every query, an AI system will have sufficient knowledge and intelligence. The responses can be incorrect, incomplete or inappropriate. We need to conscious of these many intricate limitations of AI. The AI systems can be inherently biased. They can be potentially manipulated for ulterior purposes. We need to be cautious about these potential threats. We need to intelligent enough to understand the limitations and threats posed by artificial intelligence. We intelligently need to limit the usage of artificial intelligence and intelligently assess and validate the responses and insights provided by AI systems. Human intelligence is superior to artificial intelligence as human intelligence is spiritually vitalized by soul and Supersoul (BG 3.42).

When we exert our intelligence and work hard to earn or achieve something, we value and cherish what we get. It brings us a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. If we switch off all lights manually instead of using a home smart system, we become more conscious of our house, we increase our sense of belonging to our house. Using an AI system for this purpose will deprive us of the opportunity to become more conscious of our house and care for our house. We need a sense of belonging, a sense of loving someone and being loved by someone. Therefore, we need intelligence to choose where to use AI or not. If we are clear with what the purpose of life is and what is of value in life, we can make a conscious and confident choice about AI.

Artificial intelligence is very fast when compared to human intelligence. It is not very accurate. It is not very predictable. We need higher intelligence to understand where the accuracy and predictability of artificial intelligence is acceptable and use it with care and caution. Replacing our human intelligence with artificial intelligence is not always worth the effort as we lose the opportunity to grow our human intelligence. If we are clear with the purpose of life and the values that matter in life, if we know the importance of human intelligence and if we can intelligently assess the limitations of artificial intelligence, then we can intelligently use artificial intelligence.