[Original article published in Sinar Daily (6 Feb. 2023) – “Malaysia must capitalise on AI-based tools like ChatGPT” ]
SHAH ALAM – With opportunities and challenges that come along with Artificial Intelligence (AI), tech players in Malaysia call for the government to come up with a vision to pursue an endeavour in the booming industry.
While sharing his experience using a recently launched AI tool named ChatGPT, tech start-up owner Dr Mazlan Abbas who was a former lecturer expressed his concern over students at school and university who may just blindly pump answers out of the information tank without bothering to understand any of it.
He worried that they can just copy and paste and cheat with all the answers taken from ChatGPT. Mazlan said, “That’s a possible problem with students; plagiarism.”
ChatGPT or in its full form, Chat Generative Pre-trained Tansformer, is an advanced AI chatbot trained or taught using a set of data which in result, has enabled it to interact in a conversational way. Equipped with a family of large language models, Chat GPT is capable of answering follow-up questions, admit mistakes, challenge incorrect premises and reject inappropriate requests.
The startup CEO compared it to Google which would just blow out a whole bunch of findings he would need to scan through first. In contrast, ChatGPT would hand him a direct answer to a question which he noted depends on the information supplied into its database by humans prior.
Between pros and cons, Mazlan himself claimed that he leans more towards the first outcome as it acts as his assistant without actually taking over his task entirely. To make his point clearer, he said, “The one to ask questions is us. It only helps to give answers.”
Visiting other concerns such as the scam issue, Mazlan revealed that with necessary information put into ChatGPT’s database, it can be positively used to tell the validity of a piece of information. Hence, despite the inevitable challenges, he still found that the technology can do good and assist in existing tasks.
Meanwhile, Terato Tech founder and RONPOS president Reza Razali said that the government needs to look into how the accommodation can be regulated to address the issues mentioned. However, since the tech is relatively new, he suggested that the regulation just needs to give a framework of what needs to be done and does not need to be too strict at this point of time.