Well, well, well, look who's taking the world by storm - ChatGPT, the general-purpose AI chatbot prototype. This thing has gained immense popularity and has become the topic of obsession in our social media feeds, networking gatherings, and even dinner table conversations. It's quickly becoming the dominant example of AI-generated content's influence in the future, showing just how powerful these tools can be.
Here's the quick and dirty, ChatGPT was created by OpenAI, the same folks behind the text-to-image generator DALL-E. ChatGPT is currently available for anyone to try out for free. Yes, you read that right; it's free. Of course, it's not free for OpenAI to continue running it, with estimates currently sitting at around $3 million per month to keep the platform going, or approximately $100K daily! In addition to the expenses of the servers, disturbing revelations have emerged regarding the methods used to train the language model to avoid generating offensive material. Let's say it involves a lot of finger-wagging and stern lectures; ChatGPT told me that itself, seriously.
Now, if you're anything like me, you might wonder what ChatGPT is and how you can use it. Well, wonder no more my friends! ChatGPT is a chatbot that uses AI to respond to your inquiries without requiring a download. It is easily accessible via a simple webpage.
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As previously mentioned, the basic version of ChatGPT is entirely free to use, but if you’re feeling fancy, you can join the waitlist for the premium version ChatGPT Plus. It will be faster and give you first access to new features. Before you run off to try ChatGPT, beware of the dreaded “at capacity” notice. That means the servers are full, and you’ll have to wait a few hours to get in. But hey, good things come to those who wait, right?
How does ChatGPT work?
So, how do you actually use ChatGPT? Simply type in your inquiry or statement, and the chatbot will generate a response. The more specific your request, the more detailed the response will be. Just keep in mind that ChatGPT has "limited knowledge of world events after 2021," so don't expect it to give you tomorrow's winning lottery numbers. It's important to note that you must first create an account before accessing any of OpenAI's tools. Fortunately, creating an account is simple and allows logging in through Google or Microsoft accounts. Alternatively, if you have a different email address, you can manually input it during registration.
The fun part of ChatGPT is experimenting with all the different prompts and follow-up questions. Some people have even tried using it to write essays, leading to controversy. Teachers and school administrators are already finding ways to ban the use of ChatGPT in schools, but let's be real; it's only a matter of time before Gen Z and the AI overlords take over.
What's in store for the future?
All jokes aside, the future of ChatGPT is looking bright. The next iteration, ChatGPT-4, is set to launch any day now. Microsoft has already made a multibillion-dollar investment if you didn't know how serious tech giants are about snatching up this revolutionary AI. ChatGPT is now available in Bing and is slowly expanding to other applications; it won't be long before we're all talking to our computers like we're living in a sci-fi movie.
Whether you're excited about the possibilities of AI or terrified that it will replace all of us mere mortals, ChatGPT is definitely worth trying out for yourself. Just don't ask it anything hateful, sexist, racist, or discriminatory, or you might end up on the wrong side of the AI revolution.
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