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ChatGPT user growth may not be living up to the hype. A recent survey by Pew Research Center found that only 14% of U.S. adults have tried ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence chatbot developed by OpenAI. The survey also found that 58% of U.S. adults have heard of ChatGPT, but have not yet tried it. That means 42% of U.S. adults haven’t even heard of ChatGPT yet.
Who is using ChatGPT?
Who is using AI, and what does the average ChatGPT user “look” like? According to the survey, educated males with higher incomes and under the age of 30 are more familiar with how to use AI tools like ChatGPT. Asian and Hispanic males in particular are more likely to be ChatGPT power users.
Taking a closer look at the survey results, we are definitely still in the very early days of mass AI adoption. As ChatGPT continues to develop, it is likely that more people will begin to use it. However, the average person is still struggling with finding practical ways to use AI in their daily lives.
Why are so few people using ChatGPT?
There are a few reasons why so few people are using ChatGPT.
- Awareness: AI tools like Google Bard and ChatGPT are still relatively new tools, and many people are not aware of them. 42% of the U.S. adult population hasn’t even heard of ChatGPT yet.
- Accuracy: Some people may be concerned about the accuracy of ChatGPT’s output. AI hallucinations are common, and many users are concerned with the quality of output from AI chatbots. Are chatbots trustworthy?
- Privacy: Fearing data leakage, companies like Verizon and Apple have banned ChatGPT in the workplace. These bans are worrying users and causing them to reconsider what they enter into ChatGPT prompts.
- Practicality: ChatGPT is already being used in schools, courtrooms, newsrooms, and religious institutions. But many people are still trying to find ways to take advantage of technology.
What is the future of ChatGPT?
Companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google and Adobe are all rushing to integrate AI tools into their platforms. Microsoft is adding ChatGPT to Microsoft Office and Bing. Google is testing Google Bard. And the new version of Adobe Photoshop will have a Generative Fill feature.
But while the software industry is fully embracing AI tools, other groups are raising warnings.
The Center for AI Safety (CAIS), a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, is working to ensure that artificial intelligence stays a safe and beneficial tool for society. CAIS has been conducting research on AI safety, and dozens of its members have signed a statement comparing the seriousness of unregulated AI to nuclear war.
Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war.
As the tool continues to develop, it is likely that more people will begin to use it. ChatGPT has a lot of potential. When used properly, AI tools can play an important role in enhancing productivity. But if left unregulated, could AI trigger an extinction level event? What do you think?
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.