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Reality Checking the Autonomous AI Bots

We love cheerleading the future at Meteor, but wow AI has a lot of cheerleaders these days, and they are feeding a hype cyclone.

Don't get us wrong, we absolutely believe in the power and long term impact of these tools, they are going to change the world. At the same time, social media hustlers are pouncing on the latest developments in a bid to bank followers and influence. It's hard to know what's real.

Which leads us to autonomous AI bots.

AI projects demonstrating new powers to autocomplete complex tasks have exploded over the past few weeks, thanks in large part to pioneering applications built on OpenAI's GPT-4 large language model (LLM), AutoGPT and BabyAGI.

These follow Microsoft's Jarvis and startup LangChain in creating environments where LLMs can feed outputs back to themselves to chain a series of prompts together, including prompts written by the models themselves, to iterate and improve at a task.

Put to use as an agent, people have managed to have AI order a pizza using Eleven Labs for voice generation and Twilio to manage the phone call; read about recent events and prepare a podcast outline; do research; and more.

It's easy to get the impression these AI agents, given the barest of instructions, can basically figure out everything required to get almost any result requested. For example, one highly shared Tweet described how AutoGPT was asked to build an app, and it went out and provisioned the required infrastructure on its own.

Already some people are talking about self-replicating super computer viruses, and the imminent achievement of the singularity, when an upgradable intelligent agent reaches runaway reaction mode. More prosaically, an entire genre of HustleGPT has spawned among influencers shilling ways to get AI to build entire businesses and do all the work while they kick back and rake in the profits.

We don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but while these explorations are clearly exciting, they are far from complete, and still very much experimental. When tech publication Ars Technica tested AutoGPT, it concluded the hype has raced ahead of the reality.

"They need a lot of human input and hand-holding along the way, so they're not yet as autonomous as promised. … In fact, the limited usefulness of tools like Auto-GPT at the moment may serve as the most potent evidence yet of the current limitations of large language models."

Others have found big gaps that limit their usefulness, at least for now.

None of this is to say the limitations won't be overcome. It's easy to imagine integrating a payments API to have an AI agent transact purchases on your behalf, for example, something that's not currently possible. But for now, take a chill pill and enjoy the ride.


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