ChatGPT

Updated: 01/18/2023 by Computer Hope
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Short for Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer, ChatGPT is a chatbot from OpenAI that was released on November 30, 2022. ChatGPT uses OpenAI's GPT-3.5, a collection of supervised and reinforced language models built from information the company has gathered from the Internet. With this information, a user can chat with ChatGPT to get an intelligent response to almost any request.

ChatGPT capabilities

Below are a few examples of requests ChatGPT can answer.

Answer all questions

ChatGPT can answer all questions and change how they're answered. For example, you could ask, "What is a computer?" and if its response is too complicated, revise your question to "what is a computer in simple terms" to get a more basic answer.

Remember you and your conversation

In addition to answering questions, ChatGPT remembers all of your queries, can follow up on previous conversations, and be corrected when it answers incorrectly.

Help with programming

ChatGPT can also write code. If you've programmed before, you can use ChatGPT to help you with your programming tasks. For example, you could ask ChatGPT to write you the code required to get the time in any programming language. ChatGPT can even be used to debug and offer suggestions to improve your code's efficiency.

Create idea lists

If you need a list of ideas for almost anything, it can be done using ChatGPT. For example, you could ask it for a list of 10 ideas that could be talked about in a YouTube video about computers. Using ChatGPT like this is a great way to brainstorm new ideas as if you were talking with someone else.

Help with cooking

If you're struggling with finding what to cook or eat, ChatGPT can help. ChatGPT can give suggestions on what to eat, what can be made with certain ingredients, and create a shopping list of ingredients for a particular recipe.

Help with writing

ChatGPT helps with all types of writing and can even be used to write about any subject in any style. For example, you could give it a prompt such as: "Write a rap about a computer that wanted to become a human." This prompt is only one example, ChatGPT can also be used to help write an article, cover letter, joke, outline, paper, song, web page, etc.

Simplify and summarize text

If you find something hard to understand, the text can be copied and pasted into ChatGPT to be rewritten and made easier to understand. Questions can also be asked about any inserted text (e.g., the most important keywords of the inserted text or a list of ways it can be rephrased).

ChatGPT limitations

ChatGPT is a new technology, and like every other technology, it has limitations. Below is a list of some of ChatGPT's limitations.

Incorrect information

ChatGPT is only as good as the information it collects and what it decides to use. Since its source of information is the Internet, which can have wrong information, it can answer things incorrectly or respond with biased content.

Recent events and knowledge

ChatGPT is only as smart as when its language models were created. With GPT 3.0, the information gathered was mostly up to 2021. Anything that happened since then is mostly unknown.

Will not answer inappropriate questions

ChatGPT is designed not to answer inappropriate or dangerous questions. In other words, asking a question on how to make a weapon that could be used to harm people would not be answered.

How much does ChatGPT cost?

ChatGPT is currently free to use, with plans to move to a payment model in the future.

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