What is ChatGPT and how to use the AI tool effectively

Patrick Devaney
Dec 30, 2022

ChatGPT is a new artificial language model developed by OpenAI, the makers of the DALL-E image generator. Unlike the latter, however, ChatGPT specializes in writing dialogue and texts. You can ask it almost any question and the chatbot will reply with a surprisingly elaborate piece of writing. In fact, you may even find that the tool is more eloquent than many humans. Now, we have explored ChatGPT before, looking into the hype surrounding the impressive tool, certain cybersecurity risks it poses, and even warnings about the tool put out by OpenAI’s CEO Sama Altman. Today, however, with the immensely popular continuing to grab all the headlines, we thought we would take things down to the fundamentals. That is why today, we are going to explain what ChatGPT is exactly, how to use it, and what can we use it for.

What is ChatGPT and how to use the AI tool effectively
An overview of how the ChatGPT NLP model works

What is ChatGPT exactly?

We already know that ChatGPT is a chatbot, but it is not like an ordinary chatbot you interact with when, for example, dealing with an online customer service bot. So, how exactly does it work?

ChatGPT is based on the GPT-3 language model, a technology created by OpenAI. GPT stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer model and the 3 is there because it is the third generation of the tool. As the name suggests, the tool generates text as a response to user’s text prompt, using the massive amounts of training data that OpenAI have used to build the model. Therefore, like other types of generative AI such as Stable Diffusion or M idjourney, ChatGPT has been trained with huge amounts of data, which in this specific case are written texts.

However, with text being text, ChatGPT’s possibilities go beyond the written word and can go into more complex areas of text use including coding and programming, translations, reports, and even more “human” aspects of conversational interactions such as offering therapeutic responses to any of life’s problems you may think to throw at it.

In fact, ChatGPT’s answers will likely surprise you because of how elaborate they can end up. However, the tool is still far from perfect and as we’ve covered in previous articles (see links above) the tool can’t be relied upon for factual accuracy. ChatGPT does not have an Internet connection and it can often give inaccurate responses or erroneous statements. Therefore, it is important that you check all the information it gives you before you use it for any serious purpose.

Even so, despite these types of errors and failures, ChatGPT has proven itself to be a truly impressive tool with many internet users openly speculating about all the weird and wonderful ways it will revolutionize the world.

How do I use ChatGPT?

A key aspect of its success stems from the fact that using ChatGPT is not a complicated affair. To start, you will have to access its official website, chat.openai.com. Once inside, OpenAI will prompt you to sign up and create an account before you start using the.

For now, at least, ChatGPT is completely free, and you will not have to incur any additional costs to use it. When you are done with the registration process, OpenAI will take you to the main page of ChatGPT chatbot, which is a window that looks just like an ordinary messaging app. Here you will see a text box where you will have to write your questions or prompts.

You can then begin asking ChatGPT things and it is really as simple as that. Of course you have to remember that isn’t connected to the internet so it won’t be able to answer everything and that it is a natural language processing model and not a generally intelligent machine. These two limitations set the technical boundaries for what you can ask it and what it is capable of asking. Other limitations relate to how these types of tools are created as well as how they are intended to be used. These tools are built using vast amounts of data, which means any problems in the data, for example, if it includes biased opinions, could lead to problematic responses from the tool. OpenAI tries to stop this from happening through the use of filters, which you may come up against if they work as they are supposed to. Also, ChatGPT is not supposed to create any NSFW content so any attempts to have it do so will come up against blocks too.

Of course, the other thing you should keep in mind is that everything you write will be registered on the OpenAI database. Therefore, try not to type in any personal data or valuable information.

What can I do with ChatGPT?

Today, ChatGPT is a technology does not have a specific use, which is probably why so many people have been going so crazy about it. It can do a lot of different things, which means you have wide variety of potential use cases to explore. For example, you could ask it to help you write a script or a play, summarize a book, get into coding and programming, or even write poems.

To get an idea of the many different types of things people have been using for and that you could use it for, check out our first look at ChatGPT, which we put together at the beginning of December.

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  1. Seeprime said on September 8, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Missing from the “story”: Ukraine’s agreement to never use Starlink for military purposes. This is why.

    Ghacks quality is AI driven and very poor these days since AI is really artificial stupidity.

    1. Karl said on September 12, 2023 at 9:10 pm

      “Elon Musk biographer Walter Isaacson forced to ‘clarify’ book’s account of Starlink incident in Ukraine War

      “To clarify on the Starlink issue: the Ukrainians THOUGHT coverage was enabled all the way to Crimea, but it was not. They asked Musk to enable it for their drone sub attack on the Russian fleet. Musk did not enable it, because he thought, probably correctly, that would cause a major war.”

      1. Karl said on September 14, 2023 at 5:58 pm

        I posted above comment to:

        Not to the following article about Geforce where I currently also can see it published:

  2. Anonymous said on September 11, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    Well, using Brave, I can see Llama 2 being decent, but it is still not great?
    All these AI stuff seems more like a ‘toy’ than anything special, I mean, it is good for some stuff like translations or asking quick questions but not for asking anything important.

    The problem is Brave made it mostly for summarizing websites and all that, but all these Big tech controlled stuff, won’t summarize articles it doesn’t agree with, so it is also useless in many situations where you just want it to give you a quick summarization, and then it starts throwing you little ‘speeches’ about how it doesn’t agree with it and then it never summarizes anything, but give you all the 30 paragraphs reasons why the article is wrong, like if I am asking it what it thinks.

    SO all this AI is mostly a toy, but Facebook with all the power they have will be able to get so much data from people, it can ‘train’ or better say, write algorithms that will get better with time.

    But It is not intelligence, it is really not intelligence all these AI technology.

  3. Tom Hawack said on September 14, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
    Article URL: [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/14/artificial-intelligence-regulation-tech-leaders/]

    The eternal problematic of regulating, here applied to AI. Should regulations (interventionism) have interfered in the course of mankind ever since Adam and Eve where would we be now? Should spirituality, morality, ethics never have interfered where would we be now? I truly have always believed that the only possible consensus between ethics and freedom is that of individuals’ own consciousness.

    Off-topic : Musk’s beard looks like a wound, AI-Human hand-shake is a quite nice pic :)

    1. Karl said on September 14, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Haha, oh dear, Tom.
      I thought that the comments system issue where comments shows up under a totally different article was fixed. But seeing your comment here, the “error” is clearly still active. Hopefully it is sorted as soon as possible.

      1. Tom Hawack said on September 14, 2023 at 6:40 pm

        Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
        Article URL: [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/14/artificial-intelligence-regulation-tech-leaders/]

        Hi Karl :) Well, let’s remain positive and see the good sides : one’s comment appearing within different articles (the one it was written form and for, another unrelated one) brings ubiquity to that comment : say it once and it’s published twice, double your pleasure and double your fun (“with double-mint, double-mint gum” and old ad!). Let’s forget the complications and inherited misunderstandings it leads to. Not sure the fun is worth the complications though. Which is why, with a few others here, I include Article Title & URL with comment, to ease a bit the pain.

        This said, I’m trying to find a logic key which would explain the mic-mac. One thing is sure : comments appearing twice keep the same comment number.

        For instance my comment to which you replied just above is originally :


        It then got duplicated to :


        Same comment number, which let’s me imagine comments are defined by their number as before but now dissociated in a way from their full path : that’s where something is broken, as i see it.

        First amused me, then bothered, annoyed (I took some holidays to lower the pressure), then triggered curiosity.
        I’m putting our best detectives on the affair, stay tuned.

      2. Karl said on September 16, 2023 at 8:58 am

        Hehe, yes indeed, staying positive is what we should do. Good comes for those who wait, as the old saying goes. Hopefully true for this as well.

        Interesting that the comments number stays the same, I noted that one thing is added to the duplicated comment in the URL, an error code, the following: “error-code-0x0003”.

        Not useful for us, but hopefully for the developers (if there are any?), that perhaps will be able to sort this comments error out. Or our detectives, I hope they work hard on this as we speak ;).

        Cheers and have a great weekend!

      3. Karl said on September 16, 2023 at 9:18 am

        Whoops, my bad. I just now realized that the error I saw in your example URL (error-code-0x0003) was part of the linked article title and generated by Geforce! Oh dear! Why did I try to make it more confusing than it already is lol!

        Original comment:


      4. Tom Hawack said on September 16, 2023 at 9:20 am

        Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
        Article URL: [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/14/artificial-intelligence-regulation-tech-leaders/]

        @Karl, you write,

        “I noted that one thing is added to the duplicated comment in the URL, an error code, the following: “error-code-0x0003”.”

        I haven’t noticed that up to now but indeed brings an element to those who are actually trying to resolve the issue.
        I do hope that Softonic engineers are working on fixing this issue, which may be more complicated than we can imagine. Anything to do with databases can become a nightmare, especially when the database remains accessed while being repaired, so to say.

        P.S. My comment about remaining positive was, in this context, sarcastic. Your literal interpretation could mean you are, factually, more inclined to positiveness than I am myself : maybe a lesson of life for me :)

        Have a nice, happy, sunny weekend as well :)

      5. 💾 said on September 16, 2023 at 12:35 pm

        Correct: AI is certainly overhyped, it’s also advertised by some shady individuals. It’s can also be misused to write poor quality articles or fake your homework.


        16 September 2023, this website is still experiencing issues with posts erroneously appearing in the wrong threads. There are even duplicates of the exact same post ID within the same page in some places.

      6. 💾 said on September 16, 2023 at 8:41 pm

        Clerical error “[It] can also be misused …” you just can’t get the staff nowadays.

        Obviously [#comment-4573795] was originally posted within [/2023/09/14/artificial-intelligence-regulation-tech-leaders/]. However, it has appeared misplaced within several threads.

        Including the following:

  4. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    “How much radiation is dangerous?
    Ionizing radiation, such as X-rays and gamma rays, is more energetic and potentially harmful. Exposure to doses greater than 1,000 millisieverts (mSv) in a short period can increase the risk of immediate health effects.
    Above about 100 mSv, the risk of long-term health effects, such as cancer, increases with the dose.”

    This ban is about NON-ionizing radiation limits, because there is too much radio wave power from the iphone. This has nothing to do with the much more dangerous ionizing radiations like X-rays, that are obviously not emitted at all by mobile phones. I invite you to correct your article.

  5. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    “Aaro.mil makes history as the first official UFO website”

    I wonder if it’s just smelly crowdsourcing for the spotting of chinese balloons or whatever paranoia they’re trying to instigate, or if they are also intentionally trying to look stupid enough to look for alien spaceships, for whatever reason. Maybe trying to look cute, instead of among the worst butchers of history ?

  6. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 9:12 pm

    “The tech titan’s defense”
    “Whether he provides a clear explanation or justifies his actions”
    “the moral compass”

    You take it for granted that this company should agree being a military communications provider on a war zone, and so directly so that his network would be used to control armed drones charged with explosives rushing to their targets.

    You don’t need to repeat here everything you read in the mainstream press without thinking twice about it. You’re not just pointing interestingly that his company is more involved in the war that one may think at first and that this power is worrying, you’re also declaring your own support for a side in an imperialist killfest, blaming him for not participating enough in the bloodshed.

    Now your article is unclear on how this company could be aware that its network is used for such military actions at a given time, which has implications of its own.

    Reading other sources on that quickly, it seems that the company was: explicitly asked ; to extend its network geographically ; for a military attack ; at a time when there was no war but with the purpose of triggering it, if I understood well. You have to be joking if you’re crying about that not happening at that time. But today you have your war, be happy.

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