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ChatGPT: Getting to Know the New AI in TownJune 8th, 2023

We will take a wild guess and say you've seen AI pop up on the news and social media. ChatGPT, created by OpenAI, is probably at the front of the pack in name recognition, though there are many others.

But seeing an article saying how ChatGPT is going to "destroy this industry" or "cause a boom in that industry" doesn't really help if you're sitting there asking... "What is ChatGPT?"

We'll be covering various aspects of ChatGPT over a few upcoming blogs, but let's start with answering a basic question:

What Even is It?

ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence (AI) language model designed to converse in natural-sounding language. It's part of the Generative Pre-trained Transformer (that's where the GPT comes from; the more you know) family of language models, which are built using deep learning techniques and follow a lot of parameters – as in 175 billion parameters.

How Does it Work?

Deep learning is an advanced type of machine learning that involves training artificial neural networks. These networks (VERY loosely) copy the structures and functions of the human brain, allowing AIs to "learn" from experiences.

During its creation, ChatGPT's neural network was optimized to predict the next word in a sentence given the preceding words. The training data was used to adjust the weights and biases in the neural network, which allowed it to make more accurate predictions over time.

And how much data did ChatGPT train itself on? It learned by sifting through the Common Crawl dataset, Wikipedia, and books from tons of library databases. All totaled, ChatGPT trained itself on a study guide of over one trillion words.

Open AI

Wondering who made ChatGPT in the first place? That would be OpenAI, a privately held research organization founded in 2015.

The organization is based in San Francisco, California, and focuses on developing and advancing artificial intelligence for numerous industries. The organization conducts research in a variety of areas apart from language models like chatGPT, such as:

  • AI vision programming (DALL-E and CLIP)
  • Reinforcement learning for robotics
  • Video game AI systems
  • AI governance protocols and procedures

Getting Started

If you want to try ChatGPT out yourself, you just have to follow some simple steps:

  • Go to openai.com
  • locate the ChatGPT section and click "Try ChatGPT"
  • Fill out the form with your email address, password, phone number, and any other requested info

And it's as easy as that. The free version is limited in how much you can use it, but you can upgrade to Plus and Pro if you'd like to increase your API usage limit while also giving you access to the most advanced ChatGPT iterations.

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