There was a new dawn for artificial intelligence last year, and much has happened since.
AI broke out into the mainstream and created its first well-known name – ChatGPT – which shone brightly, illuminating a new future with potentially enormous benefits for humanity, alongside some significant possible pitfalls.
It left behind the confines of cutting-edge computer labs, where it was famous only among specialist programmers in obscure parts of industry or the military, to become a hot topic everywhere.
The debate on its future, over what capabilities it may reach and how it should be regulated or controlled, is still raging, alongside the surge in its popularity.
AI applications have already rolled out across sectors, stoking unprecedented concerns – across academia, the corporate world, government, and both traditional and social media.
And AI’s biggest names have tracked this stellar trajectory. ChatGPT and its non-profit corporate creator – OpenAI – have joined the galaxy of Silicon Valley stars, along with Sam Altman, its co-founder, chief executive and AI’s poster boy.
A year ago, he was an unknown figure in the business world. OpenAI had yet to change its status to a “capped-profit” company. Since then, it has attracted investment of $10bn from Microsoft in return for a weighty stake of 49%, but without a seat on the board.
Also founded by none other than Elon Musk, this landmark moment angered him, but that is another story.