The new Artificial Intelligence tool ‘ChatGPT’ has gained one million users just five days after launching in November of last year, according to information provided by the service itself. The conversational AI bot that can produce human-like text has been put to a variety of uses, like writing short stories, prose, music and term papers to programming basic code, solving math problems and doing translations in different languages. The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates has already warned that AI technology like ChatGPT could be substituting people in white collar jobs, in a short period of time. Microsoft has recently confirmed a multimillion dollar investment in the U.S. Company ‘OpenAI’ who are the developers of ChatGPT.
In comparison to ChatGPT, other popular online services have in general taken much longer to hit the one million user mark. Instagram is among those which come the closest. This popular social media service reached one million user mark in just 2.5 months, although measured via downloads of the app. Spotify and Dropbox also achieved the feat quickly - in five and seven months, respectively, being services that like ChatGPT offer an instant practical use. Social media services other than Instagram have usually taken a little longer time to gain one million users. However, the applications that are a part of the chart have also been founded more than 15 years ago, which shows another development that can be picked up from the data: As the internet has become more universal over past few years, online services have also been able to attain users much quicker.
When Netflix was launched as a subscription service in 1999, the one million user mark was still 3.5 years away for the streaming and back then, a movie mail-order service.
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