Is AI already losing its charm? This is what the latest report tells. Popular AI chatbot ChatGPT has seen a drop of around 10 per cent in its userbase since its launch in November. Why is this happening? Are people losing interest in AI or are they turning to alternatives like Bard or Microsoft Bing? The report raises these questions, pointing to a possible shift in people’s engagement with AI technology.
According to a recent report by The Washington Post, the number of users of a popular AI chatbot has dropped significantly. The app experienced its first drop in user numbers last month, with mobile and desktop traffic to the bot’s website declining globally by nearly 10 percent in June. Downloads of the bot’s iPhone app also saw a decline. The exact reasons for this drastic drop in user engagement are unclear, but there are a few theories.
The report is based on analysis by web analytics and market intelligence firm SimilarWeb. This shows that after the bot’s launch in November, web traffic increased and engagement grew exponentially. However, the growth rate started slowing down from March and saw a decline in May. Additionally, visitor engagement per visit to the ChatGPT website has been steadily decreasing, indicating that people who do visit the site are spending less time there. The report also pointed out that another popular AI chatbot, Character.ai, also saw a drop in engagement levels in June.
The reasons behind this decline are uncertain, but SimilarWeb suggests that the initial novelty of AI has worn off. People will no longer find it as exciting or interesting as it used to be. The Washington Post speculates that another possible factor could be college students who are on summer break and using the app to cheat in their studies. This may lead to an overall decline in participation during that period.
One possible explanation for the lack of user interaction is the AI’s tendency to generate strange or confusing information, which can lead to frustration among users. Additionally, the legal implications surrounding AI-generated content may be unclear, leading to a sense of uncertainty and caution among users. It is also plausible that people are becoming less interested in interacting with computers and preferring more traditional forms of interaction.