What is ChatGPT and how to use the AI tool effectively

Patrick Devaney
Dec 30, 2022
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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.

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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. MGus.ai said on December 30, 2022 at 11:38 am
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    I think this is just overhyped. Yes, I cant see an immediate use for this on my line of work. But everyhing that it has shown to be able to do is gimmmick or relies on human supervision.
    I mean, ok, it may be able to summarise a book, but who is to say that it is a good summary?
    Yes, it seems to have some use on coding, but doesnt Excel macro recording also have that?

  2. Tom Hawack said on December 30, 2022 at 2:08 pm
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    I’m not excited to be frank. Sure I should give ChatGPT a try but not sure excitement it could possibly instill within my reluctance would be for valid reasons. I remember myself as a kid excited by terminal entrance doors opening automatically at JFK Airport (in the sixties!) : discovery when tied to what we conceive not gives this touch of astonishment close to a mystic revelation, so I try to remain aware, cautious :=)

    Basically the diversity, the tremendous array of accessible data available on the Web is by itself a source of data, opinions and the danger is to favor one source rather than another because of our own brain-anchored preferences. This amount of diversity is by itself a source requiring attention if used to bounce our own beliefs rather than to bring them to a contradictory debate. From there on being assisted moreover to perform what is the last resort of our own mind, compare, classify and build, seems to me, basically understood, very little attractive not to mention dangerous.

    But, but … I may be totally wrong. of course. No definive opinion (should any opinion ever be definitive). A curiosity in progress, so to say.

    1. Anonymous said on December 30, 2022 at 9:00 pm
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      My excitement was long ago discovering an outlet whose brand starts with ‘Mc’ specializing in my favorite food. I soon learnt the was a massive gap between promise and delivery. They started the quality slide. It is now almost impossible to find quality patty-made-on-the-premise burgers and hand cut chips (never could bring myself to call them the other word). Now handmade quality is almost impossible to find and is incredibly expensive.

      I can’t help thinking the same will happen to variety in language as people start using chat machines.

  3. Tony said on December 30, 2022 at 3:57 pm
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    Be advised that you need to give a real phone number to create an account. That is what has prevented me from signing up, as that is privacy invasive.

    1. Tachy said on December 30, 2022 at 5:42 pm
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      @Patrick

      The information that Tony shared, “You are required to provide personal information to create an account”,

      should be prominently displayed in your story in the very fist sentence under the heading

      “How do I use ChatGPT?”

  4. Alex said on December 30, 2022 at 4:12 pm
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    Unfortunately they require a phone number and block VOIP numbers

  5. ilev said on December 30, 2022 at 7:48 pm
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    AI is snake oil just like NFT, Crypto, Bitcoin, Metaverse…

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