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What is ChatGPT?

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ChatGPT has taken the world by storm since its release in November 2022. Since then, millions have flocked to try OpenAI’s AI-based chatbot and have been surprised by the responses it has had to offer.

In this article, we’re talking about ChatGPT, how it works, what it does and everything else you need to know about the latest AI phenomenon everyone’s talking about.

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ChatGPT explained

As mentioned before, ChatGPT is OpenAI’s AI-based chatbot based on the GPT 3.5 engine. It generates human-like responses to any prompts the user might enter using its training set as a resource and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to give responses in a more conversational tone. 

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Outside of simply understanding queries and throwing responses back at the user, ChatGPT can actually understand the context and carry out entire conversations. This means the bot is capable of basically anything you ask it to do, including but not limited to the following:

  • Writing essays or articles.
  • Writing code for specific use cases and in different languages as specified by the user. 
  • Translating languages.
  • Writing literature, including stories, poetry and even rap music. 

The bot is available to use for free on OpenAI’s website. All you have to do is create an account before you can get started. Do keep in mind though, that you might not be able to access the chatbot right away, as OpenAI’s servers are overwhelmed with traffic, meaning you’ll most likely have to wait before your turn.

Also read: How to check if ChatGPT is down right now?


Limitations of ChatGPT

While the bot does sound wonderful and is, for the most part, it isn’t perfect. There are some limitations to using the chatbot, as follows:

  • ChatGPT isn’t always accurate. The bot may at times, write “plausible-sounding but incorrect or nonsensical answers”. 
  • The model is very sensitive to the prompt’s phrasing. Only a slight change in phrasing can produce different answers. 
  • It’s often excessively verbose or overuses certain phrases. 
  • Instead of asking follow-up questions to gather more knowledge on the topic, the model assumes what the user wants. 
  • Despite OpenAI actively trying to train the bot to refuse inappropriate or biased requests, it might still sometimes engage with them. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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