Ask ChatGPT: How worried should we be? / Mark Abdollahian & Juan Enriquez

Jan 26, 2023

Mark Abdollahian and Juan Enriquez help us understand not only what’s technically called generative artificial intelligence, but to think together about the impact on jobs, on creativity, and innovation, on how we live or could live in the not-so-distant future.


It’s still early in 2023, but we already know the word of the year: ChatGPT. The amazing bit of technology generates articulate and nuanced articles in response to short questions. Want a report on the World Cup final written in the style of Shakespeare, or a story about Russian strategy in Henry Kissinger’s voice? No problem, ChatGPT can produce it. Want to pass the US medical licensing exam or get good grades in business school at Wharton? No problem, ChatGPT just did both of those.

What could possibly go wrong with underlying technology that can research, write, draw, code, compose music, and possibly even think at least as well as many, if not most, human beings?

Our guests on “New Thinking for a New World” have offered to help us understand not only what’s technically called generative artificial intelligence, but to think together about the impact on jobs, on creativity, and innovation, on how we might be living in the not-so-distant future.

Juan Enriquez is an entrepreneur and an expert on the impact of life sciences and brain research on society. Mark Abdollahian is a businessman and academic who works at the intersection of strategy, operations, and analytics.

What do you think? Let us know and comment below

Listen to the episode here or find the New Thininkg for a New World podcast on a platform of your choice (Apple podcastSpotifyStitcherGoogle podcastYoutube, etc).


Mark Abdollahian is Chief executive officer at aCerTas and Clinical professor at
 the school of politics and economics, Claremont Graduate University. He focuses
 on designing and delivering advanced analytics for data driven decisionmaking. His global experience spans national policy, corporate strategy, economic development, finance, public-private partnerships, M&a and business process reengineering. He creates, architects and implements enterprise class data and strategy analytics used by the Us government, the World Bank and the United Nations as well as private sector companies worldwide. Dr. Abdollahian is author of dozens of articles and two books on data driven strategy across business, politics and economics, lectures to audiences worldwide and a board member for several private and nonprofit enterprises. In addition to bachelors degrees from Case Western reserve University, Dr. Abdollahian holds a M.A. in Foreign and Defense policy and a Ph.D. in political economy and Mathematical Modeling from Claremont Graduate University.

Juan Enriquez is one of those unique individuals who lives in the future and works on the cutting edge of discovery. He is an active investor in early-stage private companies in the life sciences sector, and is one of the world’s leading authorities on the uses and benefits of genomic research.

His book, with Steve Gullans, is Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth. In Evolving Ourselves, Juan and Steve Gullans conduct a sweeping tour of how humans are changing the course of evolution — sometimes intentionally, sometimes not.

In his newest book, Right/Wrong: How Technology Transforms Our Ethics (October 2020), Juan reflects on the evolution of ethics in a technological age. He examines the many shifts in the right vs. wrong pendulum are affected by advances in technology.


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