The developer who created Gmail has predicted that Google is only a year or two from “total disruption” after the release of a sophisticated chatbot that uses artificial intelligence (AI).

ChatGPT was unveiled last week by the OpenAI company and has since captivated more than one million users around the globe. The AI has composed essays, dreamt up stories, drafted marketing pitches, written scripts, computer code and poetry and even helped with interior decorating. It has also prompted Elon Musk, who started OpenAI in 2015, to raise his concerns.

The fluency of the chatbot’s results has led to debate in Silicon Valley about the future of Google’s search monopoly.

Paul Buchheit, 45, was the 23rd employee of Google, developed Gmail and suggested “Don’t Be

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