Chatbots like ChatGPT have gained popularity in recent weeks, but one of the internet’s pioneers is warning against getting caught up in a “gold rush” to AI. The internet’s “father,” Vint Cerf, recently cautioned against jumping on the conversational AI bandwagon just because it’s the latest and greatest fad. Examples include ChatGPT and Google Bard.

According to CNBC, Cerf made the remarks about AI chatbots’ “ethical issue” at a conference in Mountain View, California, and he reportedly hopes that the public will give it some thought before investing in the technology. Everyone is talking about ChatGPT or Google’s version of that, and we know it doesn’t always work the way we would like it to,” Cerf reportedly told CNBC.

CNBC reported that he also urged investors to “be thoughtful about how we use these technologies,” saying that people should “remember” that some humans using new technology aren’t always genuine and “will seek to do that which is their benefit and not yours.”

Also Read: How to Utilise Google Bard, the Most Recent AI Chatbot?

According to what we’ve heard, Cerf warned against the following: “If you think’man, I can sell this to investors because it’s a hot topic and everyone will throw money at me,’ don’t do that.” “Take some time and think. You are correct in saying that it is impossible to know what will happen with these technologies, but the truth is that the biggest obstacle is actually people themselves, which is why we haven’t evolved much in the last 400 years, much less the last 4,000.”

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google Vint Cerf is widely recognised as one of the “fathers of the internet” for his role in developing the network’s foundational protocols. According to Google Scholar, Cerf’s role as chief internet evangelist “contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet.”

During his talk at the conference, he mentioned that he had asked one of the chatbots to end a sentence with an emoji and that it had failed to do so, prompting the chatbot to apologise to him. He claimed that he asked a chatbot to write him a biography, but the bot’s response was inaccurate, as reported by CNBC.


Engineers, including Cerf, should take responsibility for fixing mistakes, he reportedly said, adding that “learning how to minimise the worst-case potential is very important.” Tech giants like Google and Microsoft have released their own AI chatbots into the race after OpenAI’s ChatGPT went viral in November. Concerned that ChatGPT could harm Google’s search engine, the company issued a “code red” to its employees shortly after its launch.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai described AI chatbot Bard as “an experimental conversational AI service” a day before Microsoft was set to release their “new Bing” in collaboration with OpenAI. Pichai has promised that Bard, which was released last Monday, will be made available to a wider audience in the coming weeks. Bard’s launch, however, has been criticised by some Google employees, who reportedly called it “rushed” and “botched.”

Also Read: Baidu to complete the testing of its ChatGPT rival in March

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