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Next generation of AI to make us significantly smarter: Michael Levitt

“In all the world, they’re worrying about what will happen with the next generation of AI. From my point of view, anybody who uses it becomes significantly smarter,” Michael Levitt remarked during the 2023 Greater Bay Area Science Forum. He is the 2013 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and now focuses his research on computational biology.

Levitt is excited about AI language models such as ChatGPT and considers communication with it to be the same as talking to an intelligent person, adding, “If Siri is a 2-year-old child, then ChatGPT is a university graduate.”

There is a lot of concern about the next generation of AI, but in Levitt’s view, AI can benefit mankind as a new tool for work routine, computer programing and medical diagnosis.

In addition, Levitt is a big fan of apps widely used in China, including WeChat, Alipay and Taobao, saying, “WeChat is wonderful as it can translate any text. If my driver, for example, writes to me in Chinese, I get the message in English.” 

He’s also a content creator on China’s popular video-sharing platform Bilibili, with more than 438 thousand followers. “I am thrilled to have platforms like this to speak to young Chinese people, and I hope to get more young people interested in science through online questions and answers on Bilibili,” said Levitt.

Levitt expects to increase scientific exchanges through the GBA Science Forum. He comments, “There’s diversity in the GBA, a good mixture of big companies in Shenzhen and good universities in Guangzhou. This diversity is very important.”

Reporter | Hannah, Zhang Xiao (intern)

Video | Axin

Poster | Lulu

Editor | Wing, Jasmine, James

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