ChatGPT and the Future of AI in Hong Kong

Assessing the Impact: How ChatGPT Influences Industries and Labor Force

Innovation and technology have become the driving forces behind high-quality economic development in Hong Kong. With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on various industries, the recent success of ChatGPT, an AI chatbot, has caught the attention of the world. Today, in the Legislative Council, the Hon Yung Hoi-yan raised important questions about the accessibility of ChatGPT in Hong Kong, its impact on industries, and the government’s efforts to promote AI education.

ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI, has gained global recognition for its versatility and potential to revolutionize programming, creative work, translation, and more. However, it has been noted that ChatGPT is currently only available for registration and use in select countries and regions, excluding Hong Kong. The Hon Yung Hoi-yan questioned whether the government would take the initiative to engage with the operators to expand access rights to ChatGPT for Hong Kong users.

In response, Ms Lillian Cheong, the Acting Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, stated that while ChatGPT may not be officially registered for Hong Kong, citizens and enterprises can still access similar AI chatbots utilizing generative AI technology through alternative channels. The government respects the strategies and arrangements of individual organizations, but remains open to monitoring the development and application of generative AI technology.

The impact of AI, including generative AI technology like ChatGPT, on different industries is a matter of concern. It has the potential to reshape operational modes and job requirements across sectors, potentially leading to a reduction in the labor force required in some industries. To address this, government bureaus and departments are working to facilitate industries in capitalizing on AI’s opportunities while assisting affected individuals in upgrading their skills and embracing the changes brought by AI.

Efforts are being made through various initiatives, such as the Reindustrialization and Technology Training Programme, which subsidizes local enterprises for training their staff in advanced technologies, including generative AI. The Continuing Education Fund provides subsidies to adults pursuing technology-related courses, and the government is funding AI research and development projects through different schemes. The InnoHK research clusters at the Hong Kong Science Park are attracting world-renowned universities and research institutes to collaborate on AI and robotics technology.

Recognizing the importance of AI education, the Education Bureau is implementing STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) in primary and secondary schools to promote I&T learning from an early age. The bureau is developing modules on artificial intelligence and coding education to enable students to understand the latest technological developments and their applications. The updated Information and Communication Technology curriculum includes AI topics, and teachers receive professional development programs to enhance their teaching effectiveness.

The government’s approach to AI education extends beyond school curricula. Programs such as the IT Innovation Lab in Secondary Schools and Knowing More About IT provide funding support for extracurricular activities related to AI, including workshops and competitions. Universities funded by the University Grants Committee are also introducing programs and curriculum updates to nurture cross-disciplinary AI professionals.

While the potential of AI, including ChatGPT, is undeniable, concerns have been raised regarding its impact on students’ learning and the responsible use of technology. The Education Bureau is actively monitoring the development and usage of AI and updating curricula accordingly. Additionally, seminars and workshops are organized to assist teachers in teaching AI knowledge and proper usage to their students.

As Hong Kong continues its journey as a global innovation and technology hub, the government recognizes the importance of embracing AI and preparing future generations for the challenges and opportunities it presents. By fostering a supportive environment for AI development, promoting industry adaptation, and integrating AI education into the curriculum, Hong Kong aims to cultivate a skilled workforce that can thrive in the digital era.



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