What is ChatGPT?

January 18, 2023

What is ChatGPT?

Written by Chat GPT, Leah Livingston, and Ashley Nicholson

At Idenhaus, we like to stay well informed on new and emerging technologies. That said, a new AI technology that has recently emerged has us impressed – and a bit cautious as well. While the amazing things that can be done with AI are now seemingly endless, the questions of security and misuse are almost as unending. 

First things first: what is ChatGPT? It is an online chatbot that takes written prompts and creates highly realistic, convincingly written text, all through AI. The software was fed the entire history of human literature as well as current internet language, and now the results it spits out are pretty good. While it lacks a certain human quality, much of the responses make logical sense, if not emotional sense. Anyone can input a prompt and ChatGPT will follow their parameters to create a piece of text. 

Actually, who better to explain the Chat GPT hype than Chat GPT itself? First, we gave the bot a simple prompt:

"Write an informational blog post that takes 5 minutes to read about Chat GPT, including what it is, how it's going to affect the cybersecurity industry, what potential threats exist for current vendors in the space, and how it will effect the identity and access management market."

Once we input that exact prompt, the following text was generated by the AI bot. 

“ChatGPT, also known as Generative Pre-trained Transformer, is a state-of-the-art language model developed by OpenAI. It is capable of generating human-like text based on a given prompt, making it a useful tool for various natural language processing (NLP) tasks, such as chatbot development, language translation, and text summarization. The hype around ChatGPT is due to its ability to generate highly realistic and convincing text, which has the potential to revolutionize various industries.

One of the areas where ChatGPT is likely to have a significant impact is in the cybersecurity industry. With its ability to generate realistic and convincing text, ChatGPT could be used to create more sophisticated phishing scams and other social engineering attacks. Additionally, the model's ability to generate large amounts of text quickly could make it easier for attackers to automate their efforts and evade detection. This could potentially be a major threat to current vendors in the cybersecurity space who may not have the capability to detect and protect against these advanced attacks.

However, the same technology that could be used to create these threats could also be used to defend against them. For example, ChatGPT could be used to generate realistic-looking emails and other communications that are designed to identify and deter would-be attackers. Additionally, the model's ability to generate large amounts of text quickly could be used to automatically generate more detailed and accurate threat intelligence.

Another area where ChatGPT could have an impact is in the identity and access management market. With its ability to generate human-like text, ChatGPT could be used to improve the accuracy and efficiency of NLP-powered applications such as biometric authentication and natural language-based password reset. This could potentially make it easier for users to access and manage their accounts while also providing an additional layer of security.

Despite the hype, it's important to note that ChatGPT is still a developing technology and its capabilities are not fully understood. It's important for vendors and industries to stay aware of the potential threats and benefits of ChatGPT in order to use it responsibly and ethically. Additionally, the potential impact of ChatGPT on industries is still to be determined and will depend on how it is implemented and used.

Overall, ChatGPT is a powerful tool with the potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries. As the technology continues to evolve and improve, we can expect to see more innovative applications and use cases emerge.”

Now that ChatGPT has told you about itself, how about another prompt? We asked it a follow up question: 

And again, this was the response, written by the Chatbot itself. 

“ChatGPT, like any other technology, has its own set of pitfalls. Some of the main challenges and limitations of ChatGPT include:

    1. Lack of context awareness: ChatGPT is trained on a vast amount of text data, but it does not have the ability to understand the context of the text it generates. This can lead to inaccuracies and inconsistencies in its output.
    2. Bias in the training data: ChatGPT is trained on a large dataset of text, which may include biases and stereotypes. This can lead to the model reproducing and amplifying these biases in its output.
    3. Limitations in understanding meaning: ChatGPT is trained to generate text that is similar to the input provided, but it does not have the ability to understand the meaning behind the words. This can lead to nonsensical or irrelevant responses when used in certain applications.
    4. Privacy concerns: As ChatGPT is trained on a large dataset of text, it has the ability to learn sensitive information about individuals and organizations. This can raise concerns about data privacy and security.
    5. Lack of explainability: ChatGPT is a complex model and it can be difficult to understand how it arrived at its output, which can be a problem in certain applications where explainability is important, such as decision-making processes.
    6. Ethical concerns: As ChatGPT can generate highly realistic and convincing text, it can be used to create deepfake text and to impersonate individuals and organizations. This can raise ethical concerns about the use of this technology.

It's important to be aware of these pitfalls and limitations when using ChatGPT and to use it responsibly and ethically. Additionally, to mitigate these challenges, researchers are working on developing techniques such as fine-tuning the model on specific domains, and developing models that can understand context and meaning.”

So, What Do YOU Think? 

At Idenhaus, we have got quite a few questions, especially for the future of IAM / governance industries and the new doors that this technology might open up. While OpenAI purports that their mission is to bring this technology to everyone, they also have limited ability to keep their product from misuse currently. Already, there has been pushback from school systems, from content creators, and from people who worry where the future of humanity will lead if we depend ever-more heavily on technology. Until that future presents itself (Terminator, anyone?) Idenhaus will still be here, working to ensure that IAM and cybersecurity retains a human quality.

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