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ChatGPT one year on: How has it affected the way we work?

OpenAI launched ChatGPT exactly one year ago. The AI chatbot has had a far-reaching impact on how we work and study.

ChatGPT has made it much simpler to manage complex tasks like crafting and editing articles or creating nutrition plans. The chatbot can deliver results in seconds. ChatGPT can even generate detailed construction plans or computer programs in a matter of minutes — assignments that take architects and coders many weeks of hard work.

When US tech company OpenAI launched ChatGPT one year ago on November 30, 2022, it sparked a veritable revolution. The chatbot uses machine learning and was trained on a massive body of text data. It has since been programmed to search the internet for pictures and documents after receiving a query.

Millions of people started using ChatGPT immediately after its launch, according to OpenAI. Now, one year later, even more have made use of the platform.

In August alone, the ChatGPT website received some 1.43 billion visits, according to Similarweb, an online traffic analyst. These days, however, many users tap into ChatGPT’s neural network via other apps instead of through its dedicated website. The total number of ChatGPT users is therefore likely to be significantly higher.

How will ChatGPT impact the labor market?

ChatGPT will likely have a direct impact on the world of work. Investment bank Goldman Sachs for instance estimates that artificial intelligence (AI) systems such as ChatGPT could lead to the automation of up to 300 million jobs worldwide. Academic and creative professions would be most affected.

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