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It’s ChatGPT’s birthday. Here’s how it changed the AI game in 1 short year.

Nov 30, 2023


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The final weeks of ChatGPT’s first year were mired in drama. The face of the technology, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, was unexpectedly fired by his board and subsequently rehired after hundreds of OpenAI employees threatened to join him at Microsoft.

One day before the first anniversary of ChatGPT’s launch, Altman announced his official return as CEO and a series of musical chairs following the fallout. Most notably, the future of co-founder and chief scientist Ilya Sutskever is still in doubt.

Sutskever was behind the board’s effort to oust Altman and has lost his seat on the board, which is now being led by former Salesforce CEO Bret Taylor.

“I love and respect Ilya, I think he’s a guiding light of the field and a gem of a human being. I harbor zero ill will towards him,” Altman said in a statement. “While Ilya will no longer serve on the board, we hope to continue our working relationship and are discussing how he can continue his work at OpenAI.”

Turmoil aside, there is no doubt that ChatGPT has changed the AI game in the past year. While AI has been around for decades, the user experience of ChatGPT is what propelled this profound impact. Generative AI is now widely used and accessible and is already transforming workplaces in 12 short months.

The launch of ChatGPT one year ago also triggered a technology arms race, where the giants rushed to invest in their own chatbots or gobble up OpenAI’s. Microsoft’s $10 billion investment in OpenAI led the charge.

“If anything, the next 12 months of the AI industry will move even faster than the last 12,” The Verge’s David Pierce wrote.

Recently, Straight Arrow News interviewed global AI expert Aleksandra Przegalińska about AI’s development before and after ChatGPT. A philosopher of artificial intelligence, Przegalińska dives into the public’s fear of AI and how media is driving the narrative.

That interview is in the video at the top of this article. Below are time stamps to forward to a particular topic of interest from the in-depth conversation.

0:00-2:22 Introduction
2:23-5:00 My Unconventional Path To AI Research
5:01-9:42 How The Terminator, Media Drive Our AI Fears
9:43-13:01 Sam Altman, AI Developers Spreading Fear
13:02-14:00 Elon Musk’s Big Regret?
14:01-18:55 How ChatGPT Changed Everything
18:56-25:01 Do Politicians Know Enough About AI To Regulate?
25:02-31:48 The Dangers Of The Uncanny Valley, Deepfakes
31:49-39:27 Will AI Cause Massive Unemployment?
39:28-43:49 Answering Most-Searched Questions About AI

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