One year of AI sensation ChatGPT: Journey from viral sensation to CEO conundrums

ChatGPT's human-like responses catapulted it to become the fastest-growing software application globally

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Web Desk
Thursday, November 30, 2023
ChatGPT logo is seen in this illustration taken, February 3, 2023.—Reuters

In its first birthday response, ChatGPT, the viral chatbot from OpenAI, acknowledged the global attention it garnered while highlighting its lack of emotions or consciousness.

Over the past year, ChatGPT's human-like responses catapulted it to become the fastest-growing software application globally.

Its influence prompted competitors like Bard, Anthropic's Claude, Character.AI, and Microsoft's CoPilot, but ChatGPT continues to dominate the market.

OpenAI strategically introduced the ChatGPT application to iOS and Android platforms, witnessing a steady increase in downloads and generating revenue from in-app purchases.

Nvidia emerged as a significant beneficiary in the AI boom, joining the $1 trillion valuation club due to its pivotal role in supplying chips for generative AI applications.

Major tech players like Microsoft and Alphabet invested billions to enhance their cloud computing capabilities, responding to the surge in AI workloads.

However, controversies unfolded as OpenAI and Microsoft faced lawsuits from copyright owners, including notable authors, alleging misuse of their work for training AI systems—a claim both companies denied.

Amidst ChatGPT's triumphs and controversies, OpenAI faced internal turmoil this month, marked by the sudden ouster and return of CEO Sam Altman, raising broader questions about the role of AI in society.

As the generative AI craze disrupts industries, the impact of ChatGPT continues to shape the evolving landscape of artificial intelligence.