ChatGPT adds 100 million users in two months, making it the fastest growing “app” ever.
In short: ChatGPT’s recent rise in popularity has been meteoric, to say the least. The AI platform hit 100 million users in January after its November 30 launch, making it the fastest growing consumer app in history, although the chatbot itself doesn’t think it should be classified as an app, according to a new analysis.
According to an analysis by the Swiss bank UBS, the speed at which ChatGPT added 100 million users, making it the fastest growing consumer app in history with over a million people using the site within five days of its launch. Reuters notes that this puts it ahead of TikTok, which took nine months to reach 100 million users. Meanwhile, it took Instagram two and a half years to reach the same figure.
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However, when ZDNet asked ChatGPT, if indeed it was the fastest growing application in history, responded: “No, the OpenAI GPT-3 language model that ChatGPT runs on is not an application, it is a machine learning model designed to generate human-like text based on the input provided to him. GPT-3 has been widely recognized as one of the largest and most advanced language models to date, but it is not an application and its user growth has not been measured.”
The popularity of ChatGPT means that access to the platform is not easy; it usually runs at full capacity and offers to notify people when space is available. This may change with the launch of a $20/month subscription option called ChatGPT Plus, which offers priority access during peak periods, faster response times, greater stability, and priority access to new features and improvements. The tier is now available in the US, although there is a waiting list for those who wish to register.
ChatGPT now does a lot of headers. News broke yesterday that Microsoft, which has integrated several AI services into its Azure cloud platform and is investing an additional $10 billion in the creator of OpenAI, will integrate the company’s GPT-4 language model, a faster version of the machine learning model currently in use. ChatGPT, to the Bing search engine.
The sudden popularity of generative AI has raised fears that students could use them to cheat. This led OpenAI to create an AI classifier designed to determine if text was human-written or AI-generated “from various vendors”, including ChatGPT. Unfortunately, the classifier in its current beta version doesn’t do a very good job.