ChatGPT Explained: Uses, What Makes It Different, And Limitations
ChatGPT is the latest edition of AI-powered smart assistants/chatbots. Over the past weeks, it has been the talk of the internet. Some claim it is revolutionizing the way we work, while others think it is nothing more than an impractical fad. Let’s dig deeper.
Firstly, how exactly does it work? The ChatGPT software is trained by machine learning to respond to users’ queries using a vast dataset. The chatbot was trained with a large set of questions and responses to answer queries in a human-like fashion.
The tool was developed using a Reinforcement Learning from Human Feedback (RLHF) model, which involves a human operator training the software and rewarding it for responding to queries with the correct outcome. Over time, the software learns to produce the response the trainer desires.
This technique has enabled the AI tool to act out conversations, respond to follow-up inquiries, acknowledge mistakes, challenge false premises, and refuse unsuitable demands.
What Is ChatGPT Being Used For?
When it comes to what it is being used for, users are still in the early days of exploring its capabilities. But so far, many users have utilized the program to answer queries, explore digital marketing ideas and even write and debug code!
Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAi, the company that created ChatGPT, recently stated, “Soon you will be able to have helpful assistants that talk to you, answer questions, and give advice. Later you can have something that goes off and does tasks for you. Eventually, you can have something that goes off and discovers new knowledge for you.”
What Makes ChatGPT Special?
You may think that Google already answers users’ queries sufficiently. But what makes ChatGPT different?
ChatGPT can produce far more complex responses to queries than Google. It directly responds to your question rather than showing you the most relevant web pages. On top of this, ChatGPT will compute responses from a wide range of data, whereas web pages are just one data point. This can lead to far more specific answers.
The chatbot can also generate long-form responses, such as written articles and code. This is something that sets it apart from search engines and other chatbots alike.
Finally, ChatGPT will take users’ feedback and use it later in the conversation. This allows the user to receive responses much more personalized to their needs.
What Exactly Might This Look Like Going Forward?
Assuming the program is successful, it will likely eliminate the need for many human resources. For example, the software could be used to gather data, create content or software ideas, or even create the software or content itself.
If the chatbot reaches its full potential, there may be little need for coders, writers, digital marketers, and many other job roles. But humans would still need to ensure quality and create prompts for the AI (or at least at first). However, what is stopping AI from eventually developing prompts and assuring its own quality?
Questions like this can raise legitimate concerns over the ethics of using and developing AI tools. But for now, ChatGPT and other AI-powered programs are far from the point of removing human job roles. Instead, sometimes they can actually decrease efficiency.
What Are Its Limitations?
It is important to remember that the tool has some fundamental limitations. Some of its limitations include providing incorrect responses, lacking critical thinking or issuing “non-sensical” answers.
The chatbot’s inconsistent and sometimes low-quality answers can often result in the user spending more time “humanizing” or making sense of the response than if they were not to use the program.
However, the tool is still in its early days. Even today, the internet still faces its fair share of limitations. But these limitations are acceptable when the value it provides heavily outweighs its negatives.
ChatGPT is an excellent step forward in the AI world, and even if its responses are not perfect, it still has a wide range of use cases. Its ability to gather data makes it an invaluable tool for efficiently generating ideas.
Whether or not ChatGPT will be a success is yet to be seen, but one thing is for sure, there are many interesting topics of discussion surrounding its quality, ethics, and morality