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Thanks to ChatGPT and its many rivals, artificial intelligence has gone from being a phrase that once evoked boundless enthusiasm to one that now sparks a sense of dread. It’s not hard to see why — the technology’s meteoric rise is unprecedented. Unlike the metaverse and previous hype cycles, AI products are available today, and their capabilities are advancing at a shocking pace. However, its this very potential that has raised serious concerns among tech icons and AI experts. But is Silicon Valley right and could a seemingly-helpful assortment of chatbots really lead to humanity’s downfall or even extinction?

Modern AI: A brewing storm

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