July 20, 2023

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The AI text generation timeline

If we were to ask you about the latest developments in AI text generation, could you name them all? Don’t worry if the answer is no. These developments are happening so fast that it’s hard for anyone to keep up. The diehard AI fans are probably the only ones who manage to keep up to speed.

A question that’s probably easier for you to answer is what is the impact of AI text generation on your daily life? For many of us, AI text generation has dramatically changed the way we work. If you have experimented with it, you’ll know how many tasks it can do for you or assist you with, leaving you with more time for other work.

The speed at which AI text generation entered our lives was a bit overwhelming at times. ChatGPT in particular gained users so quickly and grew so rapidly that we wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t know what the latest release was and when it happened.


The AI timeline

To help you get some insight into the recent developments in AI text generation, we’ve created a timeline dating back to June 2018, when the very first version of GPT (generative pre-trained transformer), was launched.

  • June 2018: OpenAI launches GPT-1.
  • February 2019: OpenAI launches GPT-2, an update to the first version with major improvements in text generation capabilities. It can now be used to generate coherent content with multiple paragraphs.
  • June 2020: GPT-3 is launched by OpenAI, with more major improvements in text-generation capabilities compared with GPT-2. It is now possible to use AI to write poetry and programming code. GPT-3 can also provide factual questions and work on translations.
  • November 2022: ChatGPT is launched for public use, making GPT-3.5 available for anyone to work with. Although the AI model has already existed for several years, this is the moment when most people begin to interact with ChatGPT directly and discover what it has to offer.
  • February 2023: ChatGPT Plus is launched. This is a paid version, starting at $20 per month.
  • February 2023: Microsoft launches Bing with ChatGPT features.
  • February 2023: Google introduces Google Bard as a direct response to the growing popularity of OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
  • March 2023: OpenAI makes the API available for ChatGPT, allowing developers to integrate ChatGPT into their own applications.
  • March 2023: GPT-4 becomes available for users with a ChatGPT Plus subscription.
  • March 2023: A petition signed by scientists and thought leaders throughout the world asking for a pause in the training of all AI models more powerful than ChatGPT-4 for a period of six months.
  • April 2023: Italy briefly bans the use of ChatGPT due to privacy concerns and possible lack of GDPR compliance.
  • April 2023: OpenAI applies to trademark ChatGPT. It could take up to five months for a decision to be made.
  • May 2023: The ChatGPT app is launched for iOS. It’s downloaded 500,000 times in just six days.
  • May 2023: On May 10, Google removed the waitlist for Bard, making it available in over 180 countries.
  • July 2023: Google launches Bard in the EU and in Brazil. On top of that, support for many new languages is added, meaning that even more people can use it now.
  • July, 2023: Meta AI has unveiled Llama 2, the latest iteration of their open-source large language model. The company is providing the model’s code and weights at no cost, allowing both researchers and businesses to utilize it freely for their needs, whether it be for research or commercial purposes.


Where does Textmetrics fit in?

Textmetrics is your Smart AI Writing Software. We’ve been around since 2015, which puts us near the beginning of the timeline. Since then, a lot has changed when it comes to AI text generation.

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