History of AI ChatBots for Kids

Chances are, you’ve heard about Artificial Intelligence, AI for short, and one of the most popular AI chatbots called Chat GPT. It’s been all over the news as each tech company works on its own AI and chatbot and business people and inventors all over the world new ways to use this fascinating technology. I heard the President of Microsoft the other day say that the invention of AI will be as significant as the invention of the Internet and Smartphones. How wild is that?

What you don’t realize is AI is part of your life and you may not even realize it. Many of the decisions made by computers are handled by Artificial Intelligence. Your Alexia is an AI and much of the new art you see or text you read now may be generated by AI. Humans are still an important part of this work, though, since they are giving the AI instructions, guiding it where it needs to go, and using their creativity to send it along different paths. 

Imagine you have a magic wand that can tell you stories, build you a recipe, and answer any question you ask. That’s a bit like what people dreamed of when they first thought about AI. The idea of creating machines that could think and learn like humans has been around for a long time. It’s like trying to build a robot that can chat like your best friend, solve puzzles like a detective, and even learn new things all by itself.

But AI wasn’t born overnight. It’s been a bit like a recipe that needed time to cook. Scientists have been working on AI for many years. They wanted to create computers that could do more than just follow instructions. They wanted to build machines that could understand and talk with us in our own language. And they’ve made amazing progress!

In the history of AI, there were brave pioneers in the world of machines. They were like the first adventurers in a new, uncharted land. One of these pioneers was Alan Turing, a genius mathematician. He created a special code-breaking machine during World War II, which was a bit like the ancestor of AI, helping to decode secret messages. Turing’s ideas and inventions are still inspiring AI wizards today.

Another remarkable pioneer was John McCarthy, who invented the term “artificial intelligence” in 1956. McCarthy was one of the first to teach computers to use logic and solve problems, like teaching them to be detectives in a mystery story. His work set the stage for many AI discoveries to come.

Marvin Minsky co-founded the first AI laboratory at MIT. He believed that machines could learn and think just like humans. Minsky’s work was like teaching machines to be curious explorers, always eager to learn and solve new puzzles. These pioneers paved the way for the explosive world of AI we have today, where computers can chat, understand, and even create stories.

Now, let’s talk about a special part of AI called Natural Language Processing (NLP). Imagine your brain is like a super-secret code-breaking club. When you read a book or listen to your teacher, your brain is decoding all the words and sentences and turning them into ideas. Have you ever wondered why the word “book” means a thing you read and “tree” is a thing that grows and has green leaves. Why is “green” even called green? It’s just a label we put on these objects and have to agree on – and every language has a different label in their language. The Spanish word for green is “verde.” 

Natural Langauge Processing is like teaching computers to understand the way our brain decodes these symbols, and is different for each language. It helps them understand words, sentences, and even the feelings behind what people say. It’s like giving them a special dictionary to learn our language. NLP is like training your dog to understand commands, but instead of woofs and barks, it’s words and sentences. 

With NLP, computers can chat, translate languages, and help us find information on the internet. They can even write stories, just like the ones you love to read! It’s as if computers have become amazing storytellers and detectives all in one.

In the world of AI, there chunks of computer code called “Large Language Models.” They are like the mega-brains of the AI world. Imagine you have a library with millions of books, and these models have read them all! Over time they’ve learned from all the stories, information, and conversations in those books. They use maps to connect different symbols to different ideas. For example, the words “nature” and “tree” and “leaf” are all connected. It understands the meanings of these words and how they are related. 

One of the most popular Large Language Models is Chat GPT. GPT stands for “Generative Pre-trained Transformer.” It’s like a robot who is always ready to chat with you. Chat GPT can talk like a real person because it’s learned so much from all those books in the library. It can even tell you jokes, stories, or help with homework!

But ChatGPT is only one of many AI chatbots. Other popular ones includes Bing, Google Bard, and Jasper AI. 

Chat GPT and the other chat bots weren’t always as amazing as they are now. It’s a bit like how a baby learns to walk and talk. They needed lots of practice and training. Scientists and engineers had to feed them tons of information, teach them how to understand language, and make them better over time. It’s estimated over 300 BILLION words from Wikipedia, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and books from all over the Internet were used to build ChatGPTs knowledge. Imagine if you knew a toddler who could read that much and that fast! 

Each new version of these models, like Chat GPT-3, is like a new and improved robot friend. It can chat, answer questions, and even create stories that sound just like they were written by humans. And they are always improving.

Beyond writing, AI is also being used to create artwork, videos, and voices. I spent a few months tinkering around with an AI art generator called Midjourney and used it to create a few album covers for my latest series that you can find on Apple Music and elsewhere. I’ve also shared some of my voice data with it to see how well it can mimic my voice. No, this isn’t an AI talking to you today, this is the actual Breck and for now I’m much happier with how my human-generated voice sounds!

These AI models have become helpful in many ways. They can assist doctors in diagnosing illnesses, help writers come up with new ideas, and even help you find the perfect recipe for chocolate chip cookies. They are like assistants that can make our lives easier and more fun.

The journey of AI is like a thrilling adventure where we keep discovering new lands. Scientists and engineers are always working to make AI even smarter and more helpful. They want to teach AI to have better conversations, understand emotions, and assist us in ways we can’t even imagine yet.

But remember, AI is like a tool, a bit like a magic wand. It can do incredible things, but it’s humans who guide it and use it for good. There is also a lot of talk in the news and by scientists and politicians about the importance of making AI safe. It’s a tool and can be used for good or ill, so how do we create fences for it to make sure its helpful not harmful. 

Some are also concerned that it takes away from human creativity. If AI is writing all of the new stories and creating all of the new artwork, does this lessen humans? I definitely see this as a concern and believe humans will always bring something unique to the world of art and creativity. For now, AI is like a useful assistant where artists and writers can ask it for help, but ultimately are there for creative inspiration and direction. 

So there you have it, the magical world of Artificial Intelligence! AI, NLP, and Large Language Models like ChatGPT are like friendly robots that can chat, help us learn, and even tell us amazing stories. They’ve been on an exciting journey from their creation to the incredible things they can do today.

Just like you, AI is learning and growing every day. It’s an adventure that’s still unfolding, and who knows what other incredible discoveries await us in this fast-paced land of technology! So keep your eyes open and your imagination running wild, because the world of AI is full of wonders waiting to be explored.