Jörg Bienert goes back to the year 2002 when he wants to explain what kind of technological upheaval is about to happen in the world. At the time, he says, there were really doubts as to whether Google would actually ever have a working business model. In Europe, it was then observed for a very long time that later attempts to set up their own search engine failed. “I see great parallels to what is happening with Chat GPT right now,” says Bienert, who is President of the Federal Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI) – an association of companies and experts who work on or with AI.
For almost 2 months, the software from the American company Open AI has been causing such a sensation that it is reminiscent of the launch of the iPhone or Google. Chat GPT is a so-called chatbot that can use AI to answer a wide variety of inquiries – and in a previously unknown quality. The technology is based on so-called deep neural networks. This deep learning is an even more sophisticated version of machine learning, in which special algorithms are trained with huge data to recognize certain relationships and later to be able to apply them to unknown data. Chat GPT can write love letters, programming code or homework, could change society and the economy in the long term.