AI in 2023: Top Stories (So Far) – ITPro Today

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| Jul 03, 2023
Generative AI, virtual assistants, and natural language processing have brought a revolution in our lives. IT professionals are still discovering the capabilities offered by AI-powered technology and what it all might mean for their careers. 
During the first half of 2023, ChatGPT has dominated headlines for its ability to write code and provide solutions to a whole host of IT problems. Major AI-related announcements included Microsoft’s plans to invest billions into OpenAI, integrate OpenAI technology into its best-known products, and prioritize Copilot development.
As AI transforms the way IT professionals and everyday users work, this convenience is not without its own set of challenges. As the year progresses, we must learn how to use these tools effectively and ethically.
Here’s a midyear roundup of our 10 most-read stories about AI, in addition to suggestions for further reading.
ChatGPT has shown it can generate PowerShell scripts, offering programmers code snippets and solutions to specific problems. However, Brien Posey reminds us it is important to review the output for accuracy and security. 
Putting AI to the Test: Can AI Help Automate IT Operations?
Former computer scientist Geoffrey Hinton left Google in May, warning of the “existential risk” AI systems pose to humanity. While Hinton asserted that he believed Google has acted responsibly, he stated that his reason for leaving was so he might discuss AI risks more freely. This article discusses Hinton’s call for regulatory measures and responsible use of the technology. 
Take It Easy: Let’s All Calm Down About AI’s ‘Extinction Risk’
Is AI the beginning of the end for traditional operating systems? With its rise, AI could take over tasks previously handled by OSes. Read about the emergence of AI-powered platforms and the expanding role of AI in the realm of computing. 
‘Exciting Inflection Point’: Senior Software Engineers with Experience in NPL, AI in Demand
Technology analyst Christopher Tozzi writes about the growing use of AI tools for coding tasks, such as code completion, bug detection, and code generation. These tools can enhance productivity and improve coding quality. Yet, AI-generated code may inadvertently promote coding bias. Tozzi emphasizes a need to strike a balance between AI assistance and human expertise in the coding process.
Paradigm Shift: Is Generative AI the Next Big Threat to Open Source Software?
In March, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella unveiled plans to integrate OpenAI’s GPT-4 AI platform into Microsoft Office products. This came a few months after Microsoft announced a $10 billion investment in OpenAI.
Meet Copilot: Microsoft Copilot: The Star of Microsoft Build 2023
This year’s RSA Conference showcased the rapidly growing presence of AI in cybersecurity. This roundup, compiled by contributor Karen Schwartz, highlights new AI-powered products from companies like Cisco and Armorblox,. 
Generating a Buzz: RSA Conference 2023: Innovation Sandbox Finalists Show Promise
In 2023, the integration of AI into cybersecurity tools has been swift and significant. This article weighs the benefits of using ChatGPT and other AI-powered technology for threat detection and response, security training, and improved productivity. It also explores ChatGPT’s limitations, including challenges in understanding context, potential biases, and the risk of threat actors exploiting system vulnerabilities. 
Partner in Crime?: Generative AI: A Cybercriminal’s New Best Friend
The Microsoft Build conference focused on its new Copilot technology, and for good reasons. The AI-powered tool enables ChatGPT-like queries to prompt an application to perform a task. This article examines how Copilot could reshape web browsing and software development. 
Security-Specific: Microsoft Security Copilot Features To Know
AI and NLP have captured the attention of developers, according to a study by tech training firm O’Reilly. The emergence of ChatGPT has fueled the trend, as developers increasingly use AI and NLP models to enhance applications with conversational AI capabilities.
Risky Career Move: Why You Shouldn’t Specialize in AI/ML Development
ChatGPT offers convenience to various industries, and IT professionals have discovered its ability to provide instant access to a wide range of technical information. Whether it simplifies troubleshooting, generates code, or guides a complex task, IT professionals are hopeful that ChatGPT can support operations alongside human expertise. 
Does Your Boss Know?: Employees Tap ChatGPT, but Keep It Quiet
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