Nov. 30 marks the one-year anniversary of the public release of OpenAI's ChatGPT, with the generative language system now containing more than 100M active users and the company's value reaching up to a $90B valuation.
In August this year, OpenAI claimed in a blog post that 80% of Fortune 500 companies now use ChatGPT. Posting on social media platform X, previously known as Twitter, the recently-fired and recently-rehired OpenAI CEO Sam Altman remarked "what a year it's been."
The progress that ChatGPT has made as we celebrate its anniversary is only the tip of the iceberg, with the potential waiting to be unlocked exponentially broader than current imagination allows. No matter how successful generative language seems now, this is just the beginning of a new AI future.
While language models have already changed our global landscape, ChatGPT's anniversary serves as a timely reminder of how, if used with bad intent, AI could have long-lasting effects on the world. With cybersecurity becoming evermore important, the power of AI is already being anxiously felt. With the next generation of AI expected to arrive in 2024, there is genuine worry over what may be achieved if placed in the wrong hands.
There's a 96% chance that there will be an AI Sputnik moment before 2050, according to the Metaculus prediction community.