TEHRAN, IRAN — Iran decision that it’s creating its own chatbot technology (ChatIPT) to compete with the likes of ChatGPT has amused the countrymen who call the decision “funny”.
But before you start picturing turban-wearing mullahs hunched over computer screens, let’s take a closer look at this decision. Iran actually has a pretty thriving tech scene, with a growing number of startups and a skilled workforce. Plus, let’s not forget that Iran has a long and rich history of scientific achievement, with contributions to fields such as mathematics, astronomy, and medicine.
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So while it might seem surprising that Iran is developing its own chatbot technology, it’s not entirely out of left field.
May be soon you start picturing turban-wearing mullahs hunched over computer screens
But why ChatIPT, you might ask? Well, the Iranian government hasn’t provided many details on the project, but we can speculate that it’s a matter of national pride. After all, why settle for ChatGPT when you can have your own homegrown version?
Of course, some experts are skeptical of Iran’s ability to compete with the likes of Google and Microsoft in the field of AI. But hey, stranger things have happened. Remember when Iceland, with its population of just over 360,000, stunned the world by reaching the quarterfinals of the 2016 European soccer championship?
In any case, it’s always good to see countries investing in science and technology, regardless of their political or religious affiliations. Who knows, maybe in a few years’ time, we’ll all be using ChatIPT to chat with our virtual assistants.
So let’s raise a glass of doogh (that’s a yogurt drink popular in Iran, in case you didn’t know) to Iran’s bold move.