I initially had hesitations about using Chat GPT because I found it mysterious and somewhat scary to hear about its capabilities. Also, as a big picture type of person, I needed to understand the industry of artificial intelligence and where Chat GPT came from before I would feel comfortable using the tool. After conducting some research, I was able to answer the questions I had and feel more confident in using Chat GPT. My hope is that my research can also benefit others who may have similar concerns. I also will tell you about a great place to use Chat GPT and it's not where you think!
Where does Chat GPT come from?
Chat GPT was created by a business called OpenAI started by a group of entrepreneurs, including Elon Musk back in 2015. The stated mission of OpenAI is the research, development, and commercialization of artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the ability of a machine to simulate human intelligence.
OpenAI started as a nonprofit but eventually a for-profit subsidiary was created. Microsoft is now a major investor in OpenAI Global LLC (the name of the for-profit company.) Several versions of Chat GPT were created before it was released to the public in November of 2022. New versions continue to be released.
What is Chat GPT?
It's important to clarify the meaning of "GPT" in "ChatGPT," so here it is: GPT stands for "Generative Pre-trained Transformer." Instead of describing intricate technical details, I have tried to simplify it:
In summary ChatGPT is a type of artificial intelligence that leverages information and patterns from the internet and its surroundings to provide helpful responses to prompts. You can interact with ChatGPT by asking questions, much like having a regular conversation. People are finding all kinds of ways to use the functionality of Chat GPT.
I use this tool for a range of purposes, including summarizing articles, stimulating idea generation, assisting with editing, and similar to a search engine However, my primary utilization centers around its role as a research tool, primarily due to its capacity to provide responses that are notably more detailed compared to those typically obtained from conventional research methods.
How to get started?
One way to get started with ChatGPT is to create a free OpenAI account. To do this, go to chat.openai.com, and click sign up. You can use an email address, or you can sign in with your Google or Microsoft account. By default, you will have access to GPT-3.5, the base version of ChatGPT and has the least capabilities of all the available models. You can pay to get access to more advanced and updated versions.
I recommend using Bing Chat instead of ChatGPT through and an AI account. Bing Chat is free and uses the latest GPT-4 language model developed by OpenAI. It’s only accessible through the Edge browser and was released by Microsoft in 2022. I find it to be more updated, faster, and provides more substantial answers than Chat GPT.
Access through Microsoft Edge - https://www.bing.com/chat
Things to consider when using ChatGPT
Protect Sensitive Information: Never input sensitive data into ChatGPT, as it is a third-party service that may store data for AI training purposes. This could potentially violate privacy regulations like the GDPR.
Fact-Check: Always fact-check the information generated by ChatGPT, as it may not be entirely accurate. Treat its output as a rough draft.
In conclusion, my journey into the world of Chat GPT began with apprehensions about its mysterious capabilities. As a big-picture thinker, understanding the origins and workings of artificial intelligence, particularly Chat GPT, was crucial for me to embrace this tool confidently. Through my research, I am understanding Chat GPT for myself, and my hope is that my findings will be of help to others who share similar concerns.
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