Rise of the machines

Artificial intelligence made headlines in early 2023 following the launch of ChatGPT, the generative AI interface where users enter a text prompt that algorithms then use to generate content. Now AI is increasingly beginning to take on human roles. An AI robot lawyer was set to defend a person in court in California in February 2022, but has since been shut down after the defendant received threats of possible prosecution and prison time. This may well become a reality though in the not too distant future. In September 2022, NetDragon, a Chinese company, announced the appointment of an AI-powered virtual humanoid robot as the CEO of its subsidiary, Fujian NetDragon. Codeword, a US marketing agency, hired the world’s first AI interns, Aiden and Aiko, alongside a team of 106 human employees for a three-month trial period.