Almost everyone is talking about ChatGPT these days. Let’s try to figure out why it’s special. We’ve all had some kind of interaction with a chatbot. It’s usually a little pop-up in the corner of a website, offering customer support – often clunky to navigate – and almost always frustratingly non-specific. But imagine a chatbot, enhanced by Artificial Intelligence, that can not only expertly answer your questions, but also write stories, give life advice, even compose poems and code computer programs. ChatGPT, a chatbot released last week by OpenAI, is exactly delivering on these outcomes. It has generated much excitement, and some have gone as far as to suggest it could signal a future in which AI has dominion over human content producers.
“The striking thing about the reaction to ChatGPT is not just the number of people who are blown away by it, but who they are. These are not people who get excited by every shiny new thing. Clearly something big is happening.”Paul Graham, Computer Scientist, Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, and Author
What has ChatGPT done to herald such claims? And how might it (and its future iterations) become indispensable in our daily lives? Here are some insightful facts about the product:
- On November 30, the public was given access to the AI-powered chatbot on OpenAI’s website. While it is still in the research review stage, users can sign up and test it out for free.
- The product has crossed a whopping 1 million subscribers just a week after its launch.
- ChatGPT builds on OpenAI’s previous text generator, GPT-3. OpenAI builds its text-generating models by using machine-learning algorithms to process vast amounts of text data, including books, news articles, Wikipedia pages and millions of websites.
- OpenAI is a research institute that focuses on artificial intelligence, it was founded in 2015 by Elon Musk, Sam Altman, and several other prominent individuals in the tech industry.
- A limitation of the current system is that it doesn’t have access to the internet, so you can’t ask it things that you’d normally use Google Assistant or Siri for.
- ChatGPT can build a sophisticated and abstract representation of the knowledge in the training data, which it draws on to produce outputs. This is why it writes relevant content, and doesn’t just spout grammatically correct nonsense.
- While GPT-3 was designed to continue a text prompt, ChatGPT is optimized to conversationally engage, answer questions and be helpful.
- ChatGPT is also potentially useful as a writing assistant. It does a decent job drafting text and coming up with seemingly “original” ideas.
- During its development, ChatGPT was shown conversations between human AI trainers to demonstrate desired behavior. Although there’s a similar model trained in this way, called InstructGPT, ChatGPT s the first popular model to use this method.
- With feedback from users and a more powerful GPT-4 model coming up, ChatGPT may significantly improve in the future. As ChatGPT and other similar chatbots become more popular, they’ll likely have applications in areas such as education and customer service.
Finally, we invite you to find out what ChatGPT itself answered our question about its impact on the future of Intelligent Automation. The answer is shown in the image above.