“Sparks of artificial general intelligence,” “near-human levels of comprehension,” “top-tier reasoning capacities.” All of these phrases have been used to describe large language models, which drive generative AI chatbots like ChatGPT. Since that bot arrived on the scene in late 2022, it seems as if every new generative AI is the next, best iteration — not just producing humanlike content but also approaching near-human cognition (SN: 12/11/23).