What is ChatGPT, the AI software taking the internet by storm? – BBC News

ChatGPT is a viral sensation which is taking the internet by storm.

From writing essays to composing poetry and limericks, the artificial intelligence is the most accessible tool of its kind to date – and anyone can start up a conversation with the chatbot.

But while its popularity is soaring amid reports that OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, is closing in on a $10bn investment from Microsoft, there are fears the technology could cause more harm than good.

Schools in New York City have already banned ChatGPT amid fears pupils could use the technology to do their homework, while the way that the AI learns means that it has absorbed harmful material which exists on the web.