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The ChatGPT phenomenon

May 9, 2023

You’ve probably heard about the new AI (artificial intelligence) technology that has huge implications for how we all work.

Foremost is ChatGPT, which launched in December, breaking internet records as its popularity grew to millions in just days. As its name suggests, it’s basically a way to chat, more particularly to get information on any topic. Rather than a Google search, ChatGPT looks for the “best” answer. It looks at all the information on the internet to do that, using AI to create just the one answer.

It can be a huge helper in day-to-day life. Ask it for a weekly recipe plan based on the keto diet, how to repair a bike puncture, or what natural remedy might ease the pain of a bee sting.

The somewhat scary part of this technology is when it’s used to overtake human creativity.

Right now, a rapidly growing number of university assignments are being written using ChatGPT.

For example, you can type in: “Give me a 500 word article on the molecular response to a virus.” 

Architects might also ask for a building design based on Frank Lloyd Wright.

However, ChatGPT itself advises that it might “occasionally generate incorrect information”, and has “limited knowledge of world and events after 2021”.

Meanwhile, OpenAI has also developed DALL-E 2, which is similar to ChatGPT, but it can generate images from textual descriptions.

We tried: “Give me a picture of Kâpiti Island in the style of van Gogh.” You can see the result in the image with this article.

DALL-E 2 can be used for many applications, such as product design, video game development and digital art. There is a charge to use it.

To try ChatGPT, register at chat.openai.com; for the image generator, go to openai.com/dall-e-2

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