How ChatGPT is made, and an improvement in infertility treatment

When OpenAI launched ChatGPT, without much fanfare, in late November 2022, no one inside the company was prepared for a viral mega-hit. It’s seen in-house as a “research look,” a tease of a more polished version of a two-year-old technology and a way to iron out some of the flaws. this.

But then it completely blew up. The company has been trying to catch up—and capitalize on its success—ever since.

To get the inside story behind the chatbot—how it was created, how OpenAI has updated it since release, and how its creators feel about its success—our senior AI editor Will Douglas Heaven talks to four people who helped build what has become the most popular internet app ever.

—Douglas Langit

The idea of ​​using a “three-parent baby” technique for infertility is just gaining momentum

This week, my colleague Jessica Hamzelou published a great story about a controversial treatment that creates children with three genetic parents. The “three parent child” technique is believed to help parents avoid passing diseases to their children. But new findings suggest it doesn’t always work—and may put children at risk of serious illnesses.

The evidence comes from two children born after the method was used to help couples with a different problem: infertility. Luckily we found the problem in these cases—these kids don’t have parents with disease-causing mutations, so they should be fine.

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

This story comes from The Checkup, Jessica’s weekly newsletter covering all kinds of biotech breakthroughs. Sign up to receive it in your inbox every Thursday.

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