Since its launch in November, the ChatGPT AI chatbot has been used by millions of people for many different purposes.
From students trying to write their essays, to creating songs and even complaint letters, people have been trying to test the limits of the tool.
Now a South London woman has used the chatbot for an entirely different purpose: deciding whether or not to end her marriage.
‘Sarah’ had been having an affair with a man she met online for six months and decided to ask ChatGPT whether or not she should divorce her husband.
A woman used an AI chatbot, ChatGPT, to help her decide whether or not to leave her husband (file image)
Who founded ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence system created by the San Francisco-based company, OpenAI.
The firm, which specializes in creating and deploying AI, was created in 2015.
Its founders include billionaire entrepreneur and Twitter owner Elon Musk, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, among others.
Together, they pledged $1 billion (£816,000) to the company.
Although Musk resigned from the board in February 2018, he remained a donor.
The chatbot, created by OpenAI, an American company that includes Elon Musk as one of its founders, is a large language model that has been trained on a large amount of text data.
Created in a laboratory in California, it is based on an earlier model called the GPT-3.
The bot can answer a wide range of questions while mimicking human speech styles and can generate eerily human-like text in response to a prompt.
You can simulate a dialogue, answer follow-up questions, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests.
That’s exactly why Sarah, 37, who works in the tech sector, decided to let the app inform her decision to end her five-year marriage.
Sarah’s affair began after she met a man on Illicit Encounters, a dating site for married people.
After constant fights with his spouse and other problems within his marriage, he decided that he needed to fix the problems or end his five-year marriage.
He ended by asking the AI to create a “fairy tale” ending to the matter and what the best outcome would be.
The answer left her ‘trembling’.
Sarah said mirror: ‘Basically, I asked the app to write me a story based on my current situation, and what the person in the story should do in a failed marriage while experiencing the thrill of the affair I’ve been having.
Less than a week after its launch at the end of November, ChatGPT had already amassed over a million users.
MailOnline asked ChatGPT what a person should do if they are in a ‘failed marriage while experiencing the thrill of an affair’, as Sarah was.
“What is fascinating was how he captured my dilemma so well and even considered my own happiness. The end of the story told me that I should put my happiness first and leave my husband, which I have already done.
“For the average person using Chat:GPT for the first time, it’s going to be a hair-raising experience with the kind of output it’s capable of.”
Sarah now lives with her lover, having left their marriage.
She added: ‘It gave me the push I needed to take the leap and leave a relationship that had been in the doldrums for a long time.
“It’s certainly unorthodox, and it’s not something I would insist other women in similar situations try. It was more of a case that I had been around this technology, and it worked for me.’
A spokesperson for Illicitencounters.com said: ‘We receive hundreds of stories every month from members whose lives have been changed by reaping the benefits of meeting someone else in their life.
“Sarah’s story is a first, but also one that we really wanted to share, and we’re delighted that she was happy to share it.”
Less than a week after its launch at the end of November, the chatbot had already amassed more than a million users.
To develop the app and make it appear as human as possible, the AI trainers modeled conversations, playing both the user and the AI assistant.
Experts have claimed that the app is so powerful that it could be used in the real world, in digital marketing, creating online content, answering customer service queries, or even debugging code.
ChatGPT had initially been released to the public for anyone to use, free of charge, but it became so popular that the demo link was temporarily closed.
What does ChatGPT mean for the future? Are there any concerns?
ChatGPT has the ability to revolutionize the way we talk to machines.
The software program’s ability to answer complex questions has even led some to wonder if it would challenge Google’s search engine monopoly.
Critics feel that Google has been too focused on maximizing revenue through prominent advertising and too cautious about incorporating AI into the way it responds to user searches.
Paul Buchheit, 45, a developer behind Gmail, believes that Google’s search engine’s dominance in particular could soon be affected.
‘Google may be only a year or two away from total disruption. AI will remove the search engine results page, which is where they make most of their money,” he tweeted.
“Even if they catch up with AI, they can’t fully implement it without destroying the most valuable part of their business!”
However, there are a number of doubts about AI-driven innovations, including ChatGPT.
It is capable, according to its owner OpenAI, of answering questions with “answers that sound plausible but are incorrect or nonsensical.”
This is a problem that he says will be difficult to fix.
It can also exhibit biased behavior and give verbose answers, a problem caused by OpenAI because its trainers “prefer long answers that seem more complete”.
AI technology has been controversial in the past because it can perpetuate social biases such as those related to race, gender, and culture.
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