ChatGPT proves AI is finally mainstream — and things are only going to get weirder

A close-up image of a silicon mono-crystal. Silicon is a crucial component in AI.
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Capability overhang is a technical term, but it also perfectly describes what’s happening right now as AI enters the public domain. For years, researchers have been on a tear, pumping out new models faster than they can be commercialized. But in 2022, a glut of new apps and programs have suddenly made these skills available to a general audience, and in 2023, as we continue scaling this new territory, things will start changing — fast.