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If you’ve been reading the news or social media recently, you’ve certainly heard of ChatGPT, a new program that lets you converse with an AI that can answer questions and text prompts. What exactly is ChatGPT and how does it work? Read on below to find out.
What is ChatGPT?
In its own words, ChatGPT is “a language model created by OpenAI, based on the GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) architecture. It is designed to understand and respond to natural language input from users, allowing for more natural and human-like conversations.”
ChatGPT is a program that has been given access to a massive amount of text data from the internet, which lets it generate coherent and contextually relevant responses to all sorts of questions. In short, ChatGPT is the first publicly available artificial intelligence that can respond to questions and prompts like a human would.
What can ChatGPT be used for?
ChatGPT has a nearly infinite range of potential use cases, and its capabilities will certainly continue to expand over the next few years. Some interesting applications of the platform include building customer service chatbots, writing copy such as sales emails and social media advertisements, and simply acting as a quicker and more efficient Google search.
Could artificial intelligence be dangerous?
We’ve seen enough science fiction movies to be wary of the dangers posed by artificial intelligence, but could ChatGPT present any of these dangers? The truth is that artificial intelligence could create some problems for sure, but at least as of now, they’re not the dangers you might think of.
ChatGPT isn’t a sentient AI – it’s a language model. It has no memory from conversation to conversation, and it can’t learn and store new information in the way you might expect. There’s no consciousness in ChatGPT, so an AI takeover of the world with it is clearly not a realistic threat. What could be problematic, however, is if people with malicious intent discover ways to use ChatGPT for their benefit.
Because of its huge dataset of knowledge from the internet, ChatGPT could help individuals or organizations create massive amounts of controversial content to aid spam bots or social media accounts in spreading hate and manipulating politics. ChatGPT could also make it difficult for students and young people to learn and gain career competency, as it can potentially act as a crutch in writing essays or taking tests.
GPT-4 and ChatGPT+
Although the ChatGPT program is what’s getting a lot of media attention, the actual innovation that makes it work is the language model GPT. The version of ChatGPT that’s free to use and has been trending for the last few months is based on GPT-3.
GPT is continuing to evolve, and the newest iteration of the program, called GPT-4, was recently announced. GPT-4 can take images and dozens of languages as input. It accepts more prompts than GPT-3 and even performs better on standardized tests like the MCAT or Bar examination than its predecessor.