How ChatGPT was created and a boost for infertility treatment

When OpenAI launched ChatGPT without fanfare in late November 2022, no one in the company was prepared for a viral mega hit. It was seen internally as a “research preview,” a tease of a more polished version of a two-year-old technology and a way to iron out some of its shortcomings.

But then it all exploded. Since then, the company has been trying to catch up and capitalize on its success.

To understand the story behind the chatbot – how it was created, how OpenAI has updated it since release, and how the makers feel about its success – our senior AI editor Will Douglas Heaven spoke with four people who helped build what the chatbot has become. most popular internet app ever.

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The idea of ​​using a “three parent baby” technique for infertility just got a boost

This week my colleague Jessica Hamzelou published a big story about a controversial treatment that creates babies with three genetic parents. The “three-parent-baby” technique was thought to help parents avoid passing on illnesses to their children. But new findings suggest it doesn’t always work — and could create babies at risk for serious illness.

The evidence comes from two babies born after the procedure was used to help couples with another problem: infertility. It’s lucky that we found the problem in these cases – these babies didn’t have parents with disease-causing mutations, so it should be fine.

And there is another silver lining. The results add to growing evidence that the “three-parent” technique could help treat infertility and shed light on why some people struggle to conceive. Read the full story.

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