ChatGPT: Is it a good or bad thing? Canadians are divided, poll suggests – National

Canadians are divided on whether the emergence of new artificial intelligence tools is good or bad for society, a new poll suggests.

But those who say they know ChatGPT are far more likely to see it as a good thing than those who don’t, according to a survey conducted last month by Ipsos exclusively for Global News. became.

“Most of the attitudes towards ChatGPT are simply familiarity with the concept,” said Sean Simpson, senior vice president of public relations at Ipsos.

“This is a classic case of fear of the unknown. There is anxiety there when it comes to innovation.”

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Launched last November by developer OpenAI, ChatGPT can be anything that is created by a user. You can take on the role of a chef and provide recipes, have a marketer create her business plan, have a publicist create her press release, or provide advice on: therapist.

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Microsoft, which is behind OpenAI, plans to integrate the technology into some of its products. Automaker General Motors is exploring the use of ChatGPT as part of a broader collaboration with Microsoft.

It is so popular that competitors have introduced similar products such as Google’s Bard and Baidu’s Ernie. However, the emergence of ChatGPT has not been widely celebrated. Concerns about misinformation and plagiarism have surfaced. OpenAI announced on January 31 that it will release a new tool to help teachers detect work that wasn’t written by the students who submitted it.

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Also, last week we released GPT-4, an upgraded ChatGPT that can analyze images as well as text. The addition of “computer vision” allows AI users to input photographs and drawings, which the model analyzes and understands at first sight.

1,350 Canadians surveyed by Ipsos found 45% of those aware of ChatGPT feel these technologies are a good thing, 31% disagree and 24% are unsure Did.

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42% of respondents said they knew ChatGPT, while 58% said they didn’t. Men (53%) and 18-34 year olds (57%) were significantly more likely than women (32%) and 35-54 year olds (40%) to say they had heard of ChatGPT. 55 years and older (33%).

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Among those who are aware of ChatGPT, men (50%) are more likely to find the technology positive than women (38%), and young Canadians (55% aged 18-24, 51 % aged 35 to 35), as well as 54% compared to 27% aged 55+) and high-income brackets (35% less than $40,000, 47% less than $40,000, 47% less than $60,000, 55% less than $60,000, and 54% more than $100,000).

The poll also found that people with the highest and lowest levels of education (college graduates 55%, high school graduates 52%) were most likely to feel good about the technology, compared with those with moderate education (37%). some post-secondary; 37% of high school graduates) were less active.

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30% of Canadians unfamiliar with ChatGPT feel that the development of these technologies is a bad thing, while 21% feel the opposite and 50% are undecided.

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Demographic differences among those who perceive are largely consistent among those who do not perceive. Men (28%) are more likely than women (16%) to find technology positive, with young Canadians (32% aged 18-34 and 24% aged 35-54, 13% are over 55).

The educational effect for this subgroup is slightly different. People with tertiary education (30% college graduates) have the most advantage compared to all other age groups (18% post secondary, 21% high school graduates vs. 17%). percent without a high school diploma). Ipsos found no significant differences by income between this group.

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“I think Canadians are going to be nervous about all this uncertainty until we have a better understanding of how it affects the workforce, the workforce, the economy, and the trends in the short, medium and long term. ‘ said Simpson.

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“As we learn more and understand more, I think the support for further inclusion of ChatGPT in various ways will grow.”

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos survey conducted between 15-17 February 2023 on behalf of Global News. A sample of 1,350 Canadians aged 18 and over were interviewed for this study. Allocations and weightings were employed so that the composition of the sample reflected the composition of the Canadian population according to census parameters. Accuracy of Ipsos online surveys is measured using confidence intervals. In this case, if all Canadians over the age of 18 were surveyed, the survey would be accurate within ±3.1 percentage points 19 out of 20 times. Confidence intervals are widened across subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls are subject to other errors, including but not limited to coverage errors and measurement errors.

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