ChatGPT: stochastic parrot or helpful tool?

AI methods are used when it is not possible to apply standard algorithms.

Despite all the amazement about ChatGPT, we should not forget that the software is based purely on pattern processing and generates linguistic utterances without any reference to world knowledge. Basically, the model calculates transition probabilities for sequences of words, explains Prof. Ute Schmid, Head of Cognitive Systems Group at the University of Bamberg. In our interview, the psychologist and computer scientist describes how ChatGPT works and what limitations the bot has. In her view, the use of AI systems makes sense when they advance society, for example, to improve people’s quality of life or enhance their competences.