How ChatGPT became the next big thing

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  • The bottom line: Artificial intelligence has long seemed like science fiction, or at least like something in the distant future.
  • Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosChatGPT has captured the public imagination in a way the tech world hasn't seen since the debut of the iPhone in 2007.Why it matters: Most of us are only now getting a glimpse of just how smart artificial intelligence has become.
  • It's awe-inducing — and terrifying.What it is: ChatGPT is a free (for now) site that lets users pose questions and give directions to a bot that can answer with conversation, term papers, sonnets, recipes — almost anything.
  • It recently passed all three parts of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination, although just barely, as part of a research experiment.Everyone seems to see an array of uses for the technology in ways that are both exciting and scary.
  • Generative AI programs like ChatGPT, though, can create unique content in response to user prompts.
  • In almost any style you specify.The big picture: The possibilities for ChatGPT seem endless.
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