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Who called ChatGPT the equivalent of a ‘barely useful cellphone’?

Answer: OpenAI CEO Sam Altman.

In the background, the ChatGPT logo and text that says "Welcome to ChatGPT" in white font on a black background. In the foreground a hand holds up a smartphone with the ChatGPT app open on the screen.
Artificial intelligence has been having a serious moment lately, but some aren’t impressed with its current progress. One of these is Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, whose large language model ChatGPT has been taking the world by storm.

According to Altman, the current version of ChatGPT only scratches the surface of AI’s potential. “We’re at this barely useful cellphone,” he said at the World Government Summit this week. “We have not seen as much world-changing application as we’d like.” He added that in his mind, AI will one day be able to do everything from personalized tutoring to curing diseases.

“I think we can raise the standard of living so incredibly much if everyone has access to abundant amounts of really high-quality intelligence,” he elaborated. “And they can use those tools to create whatever they want to do.” But it still has a long way to go to get there.