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Decoding Generative AI Expertise in the Matrix
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Decoding Generative AI Expertise in the Matrix

Last Updated on July 15, 2023 by Editorial Team

Author(s): Myra Roldan

Originally published on Towards AI.

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Welcome to the “Generative AI Matrix”, where everyone is a chosen one, destined to guide you through the virtual rabbit hole of “Harnessing the Power of ChatGPT” and discovering the secrets of a billion-dollar empire. Neo would be proud. But let’s face it, not all of those who offer you the red pill of Generative AI enlightenment possess the digital prowess they claim. There’s a new binary code to decipher: who truly wields the power of generative AI expertise and who’s merely trapped in the delusion of self-proclaimed mastery.

“Remember, all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.” — Morpheus, The Matrix

In the wake of the November 30, 2022, introduction of chatGPT and the rapid rise of generative AI, a wave of self-proclaimed “Generative AI experts” have flooded the Matrix. It feels like everyone has a proven strategy or formula for you, from “Monetize ChatGPT”, to “Top 3 Ways to Make $1 Million Using ChatGPT”, to “Top 5 Prompts to Start Making Money Today”. With such an overwhelming influx of data and manipulation of perception, how can we weed out the riff-raff to distinguish the genuine experts from those seeking to exploit the trend to become the guardians of the status quo seeking to suppress any attempts of your awakening from the illusory world and expose the truth?

Ok, so I’m going heavy on the Matrix theme here, but we’re at a time when companies are trying to figure out how to create strategies to integrate Generative AI into their workflows because they’re being told that they’ll be left behind; workers are trying to figure out what skill sets they need in order to not be replaced by generative AI; and a whole new population of “instant Generative AI experts” are exploiting the opportunity by positioning themselves as the newest Generative AI experts. It’s not like there’s any complexity to it or anything. Just take the blue pill and pretend like you’re in control, right? This is why it has become crucial to understand the true markers of expertise in any field, including generative AI. But what really makes one an expert?

Let’s embrace the spirit of Neo-ism to venture into “The Quest for True Expertise” and embark on a journey to unravel the digital delusion.

“I Don’t Know The Future. I Didn’t Come Here To Tell You How This Is Going To End. I Came Here To Tell You How It’s Going To Begin.” — Neo, The Matrix

The Quest for True Expertise

Becoming a generative AI expert goes beyond just merely claiming the title. True expertise is built upon a foundation of knowledge, experience, and continuous learning. It can feel like a game of hide and seek to sift through a haystack of wannabes, but who doesn’t love the thrill of finding a needle in a virtual haystack? Thankfully, as with any journey, there are markers that can be used to separate genuine generative AI experts from imposters. Here is my shortlist:

Marker #1 — Deep Understanding of the Technology A true expert possesses a deep understanding of the underlying principles, inner workings, and methodologies of generative AI. They have a niche focus in Artificial Intelligence that spans education and career, conducting and keeping up with the latest research and gaining hands-on experience with various generative AI models. They have comprehensive knowledge that allows them to navigate the nuances, limitations, concerns, and potential applications of generative AI.

Marker #2 — Practical Experience and Results Expertise is developed through real-world experience and the ability to produce concrete results. Genuine generative AI experts are working on practical projects, collaborating with other experts, and exploring how generative AI can be used to solve complex problems. They have a demonstrated track record of implementations, showcasing generative AI’s impact in specific domains or industries.

Marker #3 Continuous Learning and Adaptability The field of generative AI is ever-evolving, and true experts recognize the importance of continuous learning. They are also hesitant to claim the title of “Generative AI Expert” because they know that we are just scratching the Generative AI surface and things change minute by minute. They actively engage in ongoing professional development, attending conferences, participating in workshops, and staying abreast of emerging trends and advancements. This commitment to learning enables them to adapt their knowledge and skills to new challenges and breakthroughs in the field.

“There’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what, but it’s there. Like a splinter in your mind.” — Morpheus, The Matrix

Identifying the Posers

Now that we have a foundational baseline for identifying a “Generative AI Expert”, you may be wondering, “Well, Myra, how do we weed out the riff-raff?”, “What are the markers of a Wannabe Generative AI Expert?” I've got you covered. Posers also have critical markers, but some may be a bit vaguer and, at times, confusing because of the “they’ll never know” mentality we’ve developed as a society. Here’s my short list of markers to identify the Posers:

Marker #1 — Lack of Credible Experience Wannabe experts often lack substantial experience and a verifiable track record in the field of general AI. They may make grandiose claims without tangible evidence to support their expertise. Requesting concrete examples of past AI-based projects, collaborations, or research contributions can help validate their credibility.

Marker #2 — Overemphasis on Hype and Quick Fixes Beware of individuals who rely heavily on sensational claims, promising overnight success, or easy ways to monetize generative AI. If it sounds too good to be true” then it just may be.

Marker #3 — Lack of Depth in Understanding Take them off the rails, and you’ll be able to uncover the depth of their understanding. Be wary of individuals who provide superficial explanations or are unable to answer technical questions with clarity. They may just be pitching whatever script they come up with using ChatGPT.

Marker #4 — Absence of Continuous Learning Look for signs of ongoing professional development, such as participation in research, collaborations, or engagement with the generative AI community. Lately, the theme appears to be, “I don’t have to learn it when I can just ask ChatGPT for the answer.” This is terrifying to me.

“What are you trying to tell me? That I can dodge bullets?” — Neo, The Matrix

We have just uncovered baseline markers that separate the true AI experts from the posers, but the journey does not end here. Remember, the Matrix is vast, and it takes collective wisdom to navigate its depths. Let’s awaken others to the truth, and let us forge a future where the power of generative AI is harnessed responsibly and knowledge prevails. The Matrix awaits your contribution.

I want to hear from you! Which markers have you collected and used to identify true experts?

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