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For years, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has been intrigued by connections that transform the physical world.

During a BYU devotional held in the Marriott Center on Tuesday, April 11, the Apostle invited his listeners to learn about a few transformative technologies by joining a recent Saturday morning conversation the Gong family had about ChatGPT; learning about an adventure at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; finding out about a trip to the Panama Canal and discovering what an Art Attack is.

Tranformative technologies

ChatGPT, Elder Gong explained, stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer, an artificial intelligence model “which interacts in a conversational way” to “answer follow-up questions, admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises and reject inappropriate requests.”

To illustrate its capabilities, Elder Gong shared a humorous personal example where his family asked the AI to write a business plan to train dogs to operate nuclear power plants — which it did.

“Certain types of thought work are about to get much, much faster and scalable. Other parts are going to be completely commoditized,” one of Elder Gong’s family members commented.

Elder Gong then shared a story of traveling with Sister Susan Gong to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, where Orville and Wilbur Wright piloted the world’s first powered, sustained flights.

“From these simple beginnings, powered flight globalized communications, travel, warfare and so on,” Elder Gong said.

He noted that the elapsed time between the first Wright brothers’ flight in 1903 and the first moon landing in 1969 was only 66 years. “Imagine the technological changes that will occur in your lives,” Elder Gong told students.

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