An Amazon engineer asked ChatGPT interview questions for a software coding job at the company. The chatbot got them right.

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Though the answers were not the most efficient and had some "buggy" implementation, ChatGPT was able to give correct solutions and even improve the code, an Amazon machine learning engineer explained in the Slack channel.

"I was honestly impressed!" the employee wrote on Slack. "I'm both scared and excited to see what impact this will have on the way that we conduct coding interviews."

This was one of many work-related ChatGPT topics discussed in the internal Slack channel last month, according to screenshots seen by Insider. ChatGPT, released in late November, is a chatbot that can answer simple prompts in eerily intellectual and nuanced ways. It has taken the tech industry by storm. 

Amazon employees asked in the Slack channel if it was ok to use the AI tool for work or whether Amazon had an official policy about it, as Insider previously reported. Some said they were already using it as a "coding assistant" and as a tool to come up with Amazon Web Services training material.

An Amazon lawyer chimed in on Slack, warning employees not to share confidential information with ChatGPT. "This is important because your inputs may be used as training data for a further iteration of ChatGPT, and we wouldn't want its output to include or resemble our confidential information (and I've already seen instances where its output closely matches existing material)," the lawyer wrote, as Insider previously reported

Company policy around how employees use ChatGPT for work, and what OpenAI — the maker of the AI tool — does with potentially confidential corporate data are just some of the new ethical questions that need to be addressed as the chatbot gains more popularity. It's a thorny issue for Amazon in particular, as its cloud rival Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI.

Amazon's spokesperson didn't respond to a request for comment. OpenAI's representative pointed to ChatGPT's FAQ page for any questions regarding its data and privacy policies.

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