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What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer) is, according to ChatGPT itself, “a computer program created by OpenAI that can understand and generate text like a human. It has been trained on a huge amount of text, so it can respond to questions and have conversations in a way that sounds natural. For example, if you ask ChatGPT a question, it will use what it has learned to generate a response that makes sense and is relevant to your question. This can make it easier and more enjoyable for people to communicate with technology.”

What can ChatGPT and other generative AI tools do?

According to ChatGPT, some examples of what generative AI tools can do include:

  1. Conversational AI: ChatGPT can be used to power chatbots and virtual assistants that can hold natural language conversations with users, answer questions, and perform tasks.

  2. Language translation: Generative AI tools can be used to automatically translate text from one language to another, improving communication across language barriers.

  3. Imitate genres and styles: ChatGPT can create a scientific treatise, a legal brief, or other genre written in the style of Shakespeare, or at the level of an 8th grader, or ...

  4. Text generation: ChatGPT can be used to generate a variety of text, including articles, stories, poetry, and even computer code.

  5. Image generation: Generative AI tools can generate images and graphics, including realistic faces, landscapes, and even abstract art.

  6. Music generation: Some generative AI tools can generate music, creating unique compositions based on certain parameters or styles.


Some points to keep in mind:

  • ChatGPT is trained to sound like a human, not necessarily trained to be factually accurate
  • It can plagiarize, and create incorrect or fake citations
  • More versions with more capabilities are on the way
  • We already have writing assistance such as grammar and style editors, and next work or phrase predictions/suggestions