ChatGPT is coming to smartphones
OpenAI on Thursday launched a mobile application for ChatGPT, its generative artificial intelligence (AI) interface that is already experiencing phenomenal growth on the web, and whose impressive capabilities fascinate and worry.
The new application is available on iPhones in the United States, to begin with, and should arrive “soon” in other countries and on mobile phones operated by Android (Google), according to a press release from the Californian start-up.
Free, it allows, like the website, to discuss with the chatbot and especially to ask him to write messages, to explain technical concepts, to suggest ideas, to summarize notes…
OpenAI promises for example “to obtain precise information without having to sort between advertisements or multiple results”, the current model of search engines. But on first opening, the app warns as early as ChatGPT can “provide inaccurate information about people, places or facts”.
Launched at the end of November, the ChatGPT website exceeded one million users in one week, a record. Two months later, the service already had some 100 million monthly active users, another record according to a UBS study reported by the press.
Microsoft, the main OpenAI investor, has integrated the broad language model on which ChatGPT is based into Bing, its search engine, and Google is about to launch a test version with generative AI.
This lightning-fast adoption of ChatGPT and other generative AI software (computer code, images, sound, video) is causing fundamental concern across many industries.
Teachers see their students delegate their essays to ChatGPT, many administrative and creative jobs are threatened, politicians fear that this technology will promote increasingly sophisticated misinformation and lawsuits have been launched on questions of intellectual property.
Sam Altman, the boss of OpenAI, advocates government intervention to better regulate artificial intelligence. Hearing in the Senate on Tuesday, he said AI has “the potential to improve just about every aspect of our lives,” but “also creates serious risks.”
OpenAI wants to achieve so-called “general” AI, that is, programs with human cognitive abilities.
The success of ChatGPT also creates opportunities for hackers: Meta (Facebook, Instagram) warned at the beginning of the month against fake programs that pretend to be AI tools.