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26 Jan, 2023
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He spent just 30 seconds.

In a recent article for The Guardian, freelance writer Henry Williams shared his experience with OpenAI's ChatGPT, a large-language model that is able to produce conversational human-like text. Williams was amazed at the bot's ability to write a nearly-finished marketing article in just 30 seconds, stating that it needed only minor editing before it was worth the £500 ($615) he would have charged to write it himself.

According to Williams, the article produced by ChatGPT was simplistically structured and written in an inhuman tone, but the "key points, the grammar, and the syntax were all spot on." He also expressed concern that artificial intelligence (AI) may soon take his job as a freelance writer.

I'm pretty sure artificial intelligence is going to take my job.

Launched in November, ChatGPT quickly gained popularity and attracted over 1 million users. The chat bot has been praised for its ability to write code and sophisticated essays, and even reportedly "passed" a Wharton business school exam.

However, ChatGPT's capabilities have raised concerns among some experts. The bot has been known to confidently present false information as true, sparking concern that it could contribute to the spread of misinformation across the internet. Williams suggested that while writers and editors will still be needed, there will be fewer of them as AI is increasingly used to generate mountains of copy.

This news highlights the ongoing debate about the impact of AI on the workforce, and the potential for AI-generated content to be used for nefarious purposes. While the technology has shown promise in various fields, it is important to continue to monitor its development and use.

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