What is ChatGPT? OpenAI Chatbot Explained
The term “artificial intelligence” appeared in the 1950s, but almost every one of us has come across it. Online maps, facial recognition, and even social media are considered forms of AI, but in recent years the technology has expanded to become more human-like.
Virtual assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri were created to speak and respond like a human, but the new advanced chatbots have knowledge that no human can match.
Among them is one you’ve probably heard a lot about lately: ChatGPT. But what is it really and what can it do that was previously impossible? Here’s everything you need to know.
What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT, created by the American company OpenAI at the end of 2022, is an advanced chatbot that belongs to the “generative AI” category. In essence, this means that you enter a written invitation and receive a text response.
But the great attraction of ChatGPT lies in the wide range of different queries it can handle. OpenAI trained his learning models in the company’s GPT-3 language, which means he is familiar with approximately 175 billion parameters. Future versions may increase this number to 1 trillion.
As a result, you can be incredibly specific about what you want ChatGPT to do. He may write in the style of a particular writer, convey a particular tone, or give advice on scenarios that are completely unique to you.
How to try ChatGPT
ChatGPT is available to the public through the OpenAI website.
You will need to register an account if you have not already done so. Requires email address, password, first and last name, and phone number.
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Once your email address and phone number have been verified, you can start typing at chat.openai.com/chat.
However, you may see a message saying “ChatGPT is now loaded”. ChatGPT is incredibly popular, so the number of users often has to be limited.
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When it does, you can sign up to be notified when it returns, or join the waiting list for a ChatGPT Plus subscription – it costs $20/month.
Alternatively, you can join the waiting list for the new Bing, which includes conversational features based on ChatGPT.
What can ChatGPT do?
Almost anything you ask for, as long as it can be created using text or code and is not considered inappropriate. Open AI includes the following examples:
- Explain quantum computing in simple terms
- Do you have creative ideas for a 10 year old’s birthday party?
But it can also handle more complex and specific requests. Try these:
- Write a poem about LeBron James in the style of George Orwell.
- Explain inflation like me 5
- Give me ideas for 50th wedding anniversary for lovers of gothic architecture living in Brazil
However, there are some caveats to be aware of. OpenAI acknowledges that ChatGPT may occasionally generate incorrect information, malicious instructions, or biased content. It is currently also limited to knowledge available until the end of 2021, but this is expected to change soon.
How is ChatGPT different from customer service chatbots?
If you’ve ever used customer support via chat (or Twitter private messages), you may have come across chatbots before. They are designed to answer common questions and point you in the direction of existing support within seconds.
But for something specific (or not covered in the support articles), you will almost certainly need to talk to a person. Customer support bots have been trained to work with a very limited amount of data so they can’t handle anything complex.
By comparison, ChatGPT’s extensive training means it can provide reliable answers to just about any question. Their accuracy may not be as good, but they can use a lot of information on the web and create their own new content.