ChatGPT from OpenAI became the most-viewed English article on Wikipedia in 2023, amassing an impressive 49.5 million page views and showcasing the increasing impact of artificial intelligence (AI) technology on the public’s interest.
The Wikimedia Foundation disclosed that, in 2023, English Wikipedia pages received more than 84 billion page views. ChatGPT outperformed topics like “Deaths in 2023” and sports content, such as the “2023 Cricket World Cup” and the “Indian Premier League.”
Launched in November 2022, ChatGPT rapidly grew its user base to exceed 100 million in its first year.
In September 2023, OpenAI reintroduced a live web browsing feature to ChatGPT, which increased its usefulness for individual users and enterprises. Initially rolled out in May but temporarily deactivated due to apprehensions about online paywalls, the feature was returned with added measures to consider website permissions requirements.
The browsing functionality takes ChatGPT from a static data analyzer to a real-time information generator. This capability is especially beneficial for users searching for information on market trends, product reviews or travel planning information.
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ChatGPT also allows subscribers to craft customized GPT models, streamlining the experience for advanced users and businesses. This functionality eliminates users’ need to manually input extensive prompts, automating the process and improving the overall interaction with AI.
In March 2023, thousands of researchers, CEOs, academics and pundits involved in the field of AI signed an open letter calling on AI developers worldwide to pause the development of any AI systems that are more powerful than GPT-4 for at least six months. They shared their concerns that “human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity,” among other things.
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