OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot sees massive popularity
Artificial intelligence chatbot, ChatGPT, has seen massive popularity since its public release in November, with over 1 million users in the first five days, according to OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman. However, even the executives at OpenAI, the company behind the viral chatbot, were surprised by its popularity.
“I’ll admit that I was on the side of, like, I don’t know if this is going to work,” OpenAI Co-Founder and President, Greg Brockman, told Fortune in an interview. “This was definitely surprising,” added Mira Murati, OpenAI’s Chief Technology Officer.
The decision to release ChatGPT for public use was a last resort after OpenAI ran into some initial hurdles with the AI chatbot. Beta testers didn’t know what to ask ChatGPT about, and an effort to create chatbots that were experts in certain areas flopped, according to Brockman.
Despite these initial challenges, ChatGPT has seen a tremendous uptake, with users finding the chatbot useful for various tasks such as answering questions, providing information, and even generating creative writing.
However, Altman has also cautioned that for all of its possible benefits, artificial intelligence can be susceptible to dangerous misuses. “The bad case – and I think this is important to say – is like lights out for all of us,” Altman said in an interview with StrictlyVC’s Connie Loizos. “I’m more worried about an accidental misuse case in the short term…So I think it’s like impossible to overstate the importance of AI safety and alignment work. I would like to see much, much more happening,” he added.
Overall, OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot has seen a massive uptake, with users finding it useful for a wide range of tasks. However, the company and its executives are aware of the potential dangers of AI and are emphasizing the importance of AI safety.