Exciting developments are happening in the world of AI, and I recently had the pleasure of participating in a series of online discussions on this topic at Agostini’s Limited. We covered a wide range of issues related to AI, including its history, capabilities, limitations, and ethical implications. Most notably, we spent a good deal of time talking about ChatGPT.

It was a great follow-on from the recently held “Teleios Power Hour: AI Builders” session at Microsoft’s offices on Mucurapo road. Apart from reviewing some of the recent announcements from Microsoft, Google and OpenAI, among others, demos were done showing how one could get started in exploring this new world in a safe, measured manner.

Here are some of the key takeaways from these discussions:

AI has been around for decades, but recent advances in machine learning and big data have enabled it to achieve remarkable feats in areas such as image recognition, natural language processing, and predictive analytics. ChatGPT is but one of several AI tools that are now available to supercharge work, explore data and discover new insights.

However, AI is not a magic bullet and has its limitations. It requires high-quality data, careful training, and human oversight to work effectively. It can also be biased or make mistakes if not properly designed and tested.

Ethical considerations are critical in the development and deployment of AI. Issues such as fairness, accountability, transparency, privacy, and security must be addressed to ensure that AI benefits everyone and does not cause harm or reinforce existing biases and inequalities.

Collaboration between stakeholders is essential to advancing AI in a responsible and beneficial way. This includes researchers, policymakers, industry leaders, civil society organizations, and the public. Everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of AI.

AI can create new opportunities and efficiencies in various fields, such as healthcare, education, finance, and entertainment. It can also help address pressing global challenges, such as climate change, poverty, and disease.

However, AI also poses risks and challenges that must be addressed. These include the displacement of jobs, the erosion of privacy and autonomy, the exacerbation of inequality, and the potential for misuse and abuse by malicious actors.

To harness the potential of AI and mitigate its risks, we need to invest in education and awareness-raising, promote interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue, and establish ethical frameworks and regulations that reflect our values and aspirations as a society.

Overall, AI is a fascinating and complex field that offers both opportunities and challenges. By working together and approaching it with a human-centered and ethical perspective, we can ensure that AI enhances our lives and contributes to a better future for all.


In the end, James Walker, Group Chief Strategic Officer at Agostini shared these sentiments:

I was really appreciative to have Teleios to help bring their Power Hour concept to Agostini’s in the form of a “Lunch and Learn”. Having an expert like Irwin guiding us really helped, especially in such a fast-changing landscape.

Our goals were to get staff interested in exploring what AI could do for them but to understand how best to interact with tools like ChatGPT to maximize the quality of the output and also to be safe in doing so. Great experience!