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Saruta Charunmethee
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July 6, 2023

From SimSimi to ChatGPT: Technology Transforming Lives

Another wave of innovations has emerged as the breakthrough of ChatGPT-4 leads the AI chatbot race. We’ve come a long way from the first conversational chatbot launched in 2002 called SimSimi. It’s life-changing and it is very likely to change yours.

From SimSimi to ChatGPT: The Technological Leap That Will Change Your Life

When AI chatbot became a thing

The birth of the chatbot goes back to MIT scientist Joseph Weizenbaum releasing Eliza in 1966. Fast forward to 2012, SimSimi became a huge deal a decade after its launch with a cheerful yellow brand mascot making its debut globally as an AI application for daily small talk, available in 81 languages worldwide. 

SimSimi, created by a South Korean developer, arrived on the scene with a simple yet endearing interface. It became an instant hit among users seeking casual and lighthearted conversations. The combination of user-trained and pre-programmed responses created a personal and engaging interactive experience.

As a result of user input, its response and vocabulary grew with the ability to adapt its language and tone based on global user interactions. That’s when it was exposed to misuse and manipulation by trolls and individuals with malicious intent. These bad actors exploited SimSimi's learning algorithms and, similar to Microsoft’s Tay chatbot in 2016, trained it to generate offensive and harmful responses.

AI chatbot adoption everywhere

Regardless of the backlash, however, businesses and developers worldwide decided to step up, seize the opportunities and create an AI chatbot not only for language learning purposes but also for integrations. As time went on, the potential of versatile and product-embedded virtual assistants continually outgrew discrimination towards AI, popularized by the likes of Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

End users widely adopted conversational AI to facilitate their daily and professional tasks. And it successfully took off in 2016 with a significant increase in internal corporate investment in AI spiking chatbot adoption across multiple industries.

ChatGPT Interface

ChatGPT-3.5 took the world by storm with its release in November 2022. Its arrival represented a monumental leap forward in chatbot technology. Developed by OpenAI, ChatGPT-3.5 possessed a wealth of pre-trained knowledge which allowed it to provide accurate and human-like responses to user queries—a game changer.

The journey of ChatGPT's development was a rollercoaster ride for its creators. With ChatGPT-4 launched in March 2023, OpenAI faced the daunting task of training the model while ensuring it adhered to ethical guidelines and avoided potential biases, lest history repeats itself.

Here comes the newbie

There was initially a flood of hype, backlash, and criticism concerning privacy issues, bias, and misinformation. Doubt following the release of rapid-growing yet potentially threatening innovation is inevitable, but OpenAI nevertheless assures the public of its benefits and constant progress. The question remains—of all available chatbots, what makes it so special?

Among other conversational AI platforms, ChatGPT-4 possessed a remarkable ability to comprehend the nuances of human language and logic. This made it capable of engaging in discussions on a wide array of topics from science to literature, history to pop culture. OpenAI reported ChatGPT had over 1.9 billion monthly visits in May 2023, most of which consist of 18 to 34-year-olds.

ChatGPT-4 can receive images as a prompt and pull text from the URL. It is more accurate with support for additional languages and can provide customized, personality-based responses. It can even help users with coding in multiple languages by providing code snippet examples or explaining concepts in coding. 

The previous version still delivers

While ChatGPT-4 may be the latest addition to the scene, ChatGPT3.5 remains a formidable force and affordable alternative, powering chatbots for enterprises and providing invaluable support to numerous individuals, marketers, and companies across diverse industries. 

Its capabilities enable seamless interactions and drive efficient communication for businesses worldwide. It has so far been incorporated with many platforms amid the AI chatbot trends, including Microsoft Office 365 Copilot integrations and the Salesforce platform.

The advancements in chatbot technology within this two-decade period have left an indelible mark on the world of conversational AI. From the innocent and playful beginnings of SimSimi to the powerful and business-changing capabilities of ChatGPT, these virtual companions have transformed our relationship with technology. 

ChatGPT-4 and other conversational AIs are making waves across the world and having a tangible impact on how businesses operate. If you’ve been holding back on chatbot technology, now is the best time to jump on board and consider adopting it to help you and your work.

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