ChatGPT is an AI chatbot that uses natural language processing to create humanlike conversational dialogue. The language model can respond to questions and compose various written content, including articles, social media posts, essays, code and emails.
ChatGPT is similar to the automated chat services found on customer service websites, as people can ask it questions or request clarification to ChatGPT’s replies.
Go to chat.openai.com, and log in or sign up (it’s free).
Type your prompt in the message box on the ChatGPT home page.
Once ChatGPT spits out a response, you have a handful of options:
Enter a new prompt.
Regenerate the response.
Copy the response.
Like or dislike the response.
Users can ask ChatGPT a variety of questions, including simple or more complex questions such as, “What is the meaning of life?” or “What year did New York become a state?” ChatGPT is proficient with STEM disciplines and can debug or write code.
There is no limitation to the types of questions to ask ChatGPT. However, ChatGPT uses data up to the year 2021, so it has no knowledge of events and data past that year. And since it is a conversational chatbot, users can ask for more information or ask it to try again when generating text.
ChatGPT is available for free through OpenAI’s website. Users need to register for a free OpenAI account. There is also an option to upgrade to ChatGPT Plus for unlimited access, faster responses and no blackout windows. ChatGPT Plus also gives priority access to new features for a subscription rate of $20 per month.
Without the subscription, there are limitations. The most notable limitation of the free version is access to ChatGPT when the program is at capacity. The “Plus” membership gives unlimited access to avoid capacity blackouts.
ChatGPT is versatile and can be used for more than human conversations. People have used ChatGPT to do the following:
- Code computer programs.
- Compose music.
- Draft emails.
- Summarize articles, podcasts or presentations.
- Script social media posts.
- Create a title for an article.
- Solve math problems.
- Discover keywords for search engine optimization.
- Create articles, blog posts and quizzes for websites.
- Reword existing content for a different medium, such as a presentation transcript for a blog post.
- Formulate product descriptions.
- Play games.
- Assist with job searches, including writing resumes and cover letters.
- Ask trivia questions.
- Describe complex topics more simply.
Unlike other chatbots, ChatGPT can remember various questions to continue the conversation in a more fluid manner.
Although Microsoft announced at its Microsoft Build event that Bing will now power ChatGPT, giving it access to the web and citations, right now, only ChatGPT Plus subscribers can access that feature.
ChatGPT was created by OpenAI, an AI and research company. The company launched ChatGPT on November 30, 2022.
OpenAI is also responsible for creating DALL-E 2, a popular AI art generator, and Whisper, an automatic speech recognition system.