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ChatGPT, which stands for Chat Generative Pre-training Transformer, is an artificial intelligence (AI) program released by a San Francisco company at the end of 2022. Google has just released its AI program, Bard, to the public, and Microsoft has done the same with its AI Bing.

AI programs are proliferating. Currently, some programs are free. Some scientists and AI developers fear these programs will be dangerous as they become more advanced. At a recent interim meeting, the West Virginia Legislature discussed the future of AI in the state.

Diane W. Mufson is a retired psychologist and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch Opinion page.

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