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What makes AI today so much more advanced than its predecessors?

29 September 2023 • by Amit M. Joshi, Michael R. Wade in Mike & Amit Talk Tech

Mike & Amit discuss how AI has moved on from closed applications to solving complex context-less problems...

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In the first episode of Mike and Amit’s mini-series on artificial intelligence, our hosts discussed the birth of AlphaGo and the technological underpinnings of generative AI.

But what makes ChatGPT different? Is there anything that fundamentally sets this latest generation of AIs apart from their predecessors?

At heart, says Amit Joshi, generative AI is still based on probability. Based on a given input a machine will try to figure out what should come next, and programs based on neural networks and backpropagation were brilliant at solving problems where context was not important.

But now AI has moved on. It can understand complex ideas without the framework of a board game or a closed system. That, says Mike Wade, is a game-changer.


Michael Wade is a Professor of Innovation and Strategy and Director of the IMD Global Center for Digital Business Transformation. He also holds the Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation. An expert in digital transformation, he has published 10 books and more than 100 case studies, as well as articles on topics such as digital business transformation, innovation, strategy, and digital leadership.

Amit Joshi is a Professor of AI, Analytics, and Marketing Strategy. He specializes in helping organizations use artificial intelligence and develop their big data, analytics, and AI capabilities. An award-winning professor and researcher, he has extensive experience in AI and analytics-driven transformations in industries such as banking, fintech, retail, automotive, telecoms, and pharma.

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