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Korean Office Workers Show Keen Interest in ChatGPT

People walk down a street in Seoul’s financial district of Yeouido on Sept. 23, 2021. (Yonhap)

People walk down a street in Seoul’s financial district of Yeouido on Sept. 23, 2021. (Yonhap)

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) OpenAI’s innovative chatbot, ChatGPT, has caused a stir among South Korean office workers, with expectations and concerns swirling around the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

The chatbot’s capabilities were recently put to the test by a financial worker named Kim, who tasked it with generating 30 questions for the screening committee of a small battery equipment maker.

To Kim’s surprise, the questions suggested by ChatGPT were almost identical to those prepared by the actual committee.

“I was shocked that ChatGPT instantly grasped the core of the business model despite the fact that it was a small company,” Kim said.

“It has been very helpful in grasping the general flow of work and setting a direction. I’m pondering how to use it more effectively,” said a software developer surnamed Gil.

There have been many cases in which ChatGPT has been tested for various tasks. A social media marketer asked it to provide a consumption report and a priest completed a sermon through a dialogue with the chatbot.

According to Zhang Byoung-tak, head of the Biointelligence Lab at Seoul National University, ChatGPT could have a greater impact than even AlphaGo, the AI Go player that famously defeated the world champion in 2016.

However, there are concerns that mid-level jobs, such as general office work, could be threatened by AI at a faster pace than highly professional jobs.

As the discourse surrounding ChatGPT intensifies, its limitations have come into sharper focus. Notably, a growing number of scientists are criticizing the system on several grounds, particularly its inability to provide value judgments and adhere to logical reasoning.

Some argue that ChatGPT is primarily reliant on its language processing capabilities, making it little more than an aggregation of the most probable outcomes derived from a massive dataset culled from the internet.

At its core, ChatGPT’s prowess lies in its capacity to weave complex responses, a feature that renowned linguist Noam Chomsky has likened to that of a “sophisticated plagiarism tool, drawing on vast repositories of data to produce sentences based on patterns and sequences.”

J. S. Shin (js_shin@koreabizwire.com)

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