Chegg Sinks 48% as ChatGPT Threatens Growth Outlook
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May 02 2023

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Chegg Sinks 48% as ChatGPT Threatens Growth Outlook

This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section: 

Chegg Inc. tumbles as much as 48%, its biggest drop since November 2021, after the online educational services company warned that ChatGPT was threatening growth of its homework-help services, making it one of the first companies to highlight generative AI’s negative impact on business. Jefferies cut the recommendation on the stock to hold from buy, saying the AI overhang is starting to impact fundamentals. 

Eoin Treacy's view

I’m attending the MIT Technology Review Emerging EMTech Digital conference at present. There have been some very interesting and educative presentations. The consensus is generative AI models are an innovation on the scale of the steam engine.

With that as a background, the law of jungle is clearly in effect. Microsoft is in full move “fast and break things” mode. Other companies are playing catch up and some are trying to be measured in how they consider ethics and bias. There is a widespread acceptance that the sector would not exist without Meta’s decision several years ago to open source its data. 

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