After launching in November last year ChatGPT reportedly gained one million users in just five days. This AI bot that has surpassed anything we’ve ever seen before in AI history has been put to all kinds of tests and uses from writing short stories, prose, music, and term papers to programming basic code, solving math problems, and doing translations. Just a few days ago ChatGPT also passed Wharton’s MBA exam.
What it has achieved now is even more astonishing as it surpasses 10 million daily users in just 40 days, outpacing popular Instagram’s initial rapid growth. Yes, it is almost insane to think that people are using ChatGPT more than people are using the most used social media platform.
This achievement is even more impressive when you consider that it likely represents at least 20 million monthly users, according to an industry expert. Instagram took 355 days to get to 10 million registered users.
“ChatGPT at >10 million daily users in 40 days,” Brett Winton, Chief Futurist at ARK Venture Investment, Tweeted on Tuesday. Microsoft founder Bill Gates has already warned that AI technology like ChatGPT could be replacing people in a variety of jobs.
“I’m actually shocked it’s *only* 20 million and wonder if sample bias in these data under-represent penetration,” Winton wrote.
The popular social media service achieved one million users in just 2.5 months, albeit 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 immediate practical use. When Netflix was launched as a subscription service in 1999, the one million user mark was still 3.5 years away for the streaming service.
ChatGPT’s novelty “will wear out quickly, while Instagram grew faster,” a user questioned on Winton’s Tweet thread.
“I would be much less sanguine if I were only using chatGPT for novelty purposes….,” he replied.
ChatGPT is capable of comprehending and generating human-like speech. It is widely used in data analysis, machine learning, and natural language processing, therefore giving many tech titans sleepless nights. And still, it is yet to reach its full potential.