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Author's note - This morning I decided to really delve into ChatGPT and AI. So, I created an account at OpenAI and downloaded the app on my iPhone and used the web browser app on my PC and generated the entire article that follows in less than 30 seconds by telling ChatGPT to write an article introducing ChatGPT. I'm hoping this article sparks some in-depth conversations about the possibilities of using AI in both Design and Development as well as everyday life

ChatGPT: Your AI-Powered Conversation Companion

In an era marked by incredible advancements in artificial intelligence and natural language processing, ChatGPT stands as a testament to the cutting-edge capabilities of AI technology. Developed by OpenAI, ChatGPT is an AI-powered conversational agent that has revolutionized the way we interact with machines and access information. Whether you're seeking assistance, engaging in thought-provoking conversations, or simply looking for a friendly chat, ChatGPT is here to provide unparalleled assistance and companionship.

The Rise of Conversational AI

Conversational AI has seen exponential growth in recent years, primarily driven by the need for human-like interactions with computers and the demand for efficient customer service solutions. ChatGPT is at the forefront of this transformation, representing a significant leap forward in the development of conversational AI models.

Understanding ChatGPT

ChatGPT is a product of OpenAI's extensive research and development in natural language processing. It is based on the GPT-3.5 architecture, which stands for "Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3.5." This model has been trained on a massive corpus of text from the internet, allowing it to understand and generate human-like text responses across a wide range of topics and contexts.

Key Features of ChatGPT

  1. Natural Language Understanding: One of ChatGPT's standout features is its ability to comprehend human language with remarkable accuracy. It can understand complex queries, engage in context-rich conversations, and provide informative responses that align with the user's input.

  2. Versatility: ChatGPT is adaptable and versatile. Whether you need help with a math problem, want to learn a new language, or are seeking creative writing suggestions, ChatGPT can assist. Its versatility makes it a valuable tool for both personal and professional tasks.

  3. Continuous Learning: OpenAI continues to fine-tune and improve ChatGPT through ongoing training. This ensures that it stays up-to-date with the latest information and remains a valuable resource for users seeking current and relevant information.

  4. User-Friendly Interface: ChatGPT is accessible through a user-friendly interface, making it easy for individuals of all backgrounds and technical expertise levels to interact with it seamlessly.

Practical Applications

The applications of ChatGPT are vast and diverse:

  • Content Generation: ChatGPT can help writers and content creators draft articles, generate ideas, and brainstorm creative concepts.

  • Educational Support: Students and learners can use ChatGPT as a virtual tutor, seeking help with homework, explanations of complex topics, and language practice.

  • Customer Support: Businesses can integrate ChatGPT into their websites to provide instant customer support, answering common queries and offering assistance 24/7.

  • Personal Assistance: ChatGPT can serve as a virtual companion, offering friendly conversation and even emotional support to those who need it.

Ethical Considerations

While ChatGPT is a powerful tool, it also raises important ethical questions about the responsible use of AI. OpenAI has implemented strict guidelines and safeguards to mitigate the risk of misuse, ensuring that ChatGPT adheres to principles of fairness, safety, and transparency.

The Future of ChatGPT

As AI technology continues to advance, ChatGPT will evolve alongside it. OpenAI remains committed to improving the model's capabilities, expanding its knowledge base, and making it more accessible to users around the world.

ChatGPT is not just an AI chatbot; it's a glimpse into the future of human-machine interaction. With its natural language understanding, versatility, and potential for positive impact across various domains, ChatGPT is poised to be a valuable companion in our increasingly AI-enhanced world, helping users connect, learn, and thrive like never before.

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One thing that I've found with this is that the free version of ChatGPT is 3.5 and its knowledgebase was last updated in September 2021. It appears that in order to be current, you have to pay for premium service to get ChatGPT 4.0.

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I have experimented with it here and there. It's definitely impressive the sort of content that can be produced. However, I have found you must be careful, while the content itself may come across as authoritative and correct, I have found more than once, especially when it comes to technical matters that it's just flat-out wrong sometimes. From the surface though, if you didn't know any better you might not even realize.

The way I look at it is exactly how you titled this thread. It is a companion or an assistant. It can be a great asset for brainstorming, creating a rough draft, or finding other angles you haven't even thought of. A while back I used it to come up with some names to identify certain assets for a gaming project. I was actually quite impressed!

It can definitely be a great way to help you think outside the box, and to give you a good start on a content piece.

AI text sometimes stands out, I can usually identify what sort of content was generated from AI if the author of the content didn't do some additional work to add their own personal touch. They have AI content detectors that I have tested a few times and they are pretty accurate. For example GPTZero I just used for the content in this thread and it seemed to be able to figure out some of the content is AI generated, but I am not actually sure how much you had edited:

Detecting if content is written by AI

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    Actually, the entirety of the content below my initial italicized paragraph (that was all me) was generated with ChatGPT 3.5. I copied and pasted it to demonstrate the kind of content that AI can generate. In this case, I didn't edit anything or look for anything that should have been edited. Since that post I have asked it several questions on current events that it couldn't answer, and it told me it knows nothing beyond it's last update in September 2021. When I asked when it's next update would be it didn't know and told me that I should check for current information on the OpenAI website. — Mark Bowker
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What I also found quite interesting is what I pasted was automatically formatted to work with OZZU's formatting. In other words I didn't have to format the segment titles or the two lists. I just copied it as ChatGPT wrote it and no editing needed to work with OZZU.

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    That is awesome, and that is one reason I love markdown. Even if I didn't format the markdown content, it still naturally looks good and logically makes sense on its own. — Brian Wozeniak
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    I'm pretty sure ChatGPT uses markdown — Bogey
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I noticed a lot of articles that are written by AI with outdated information. Recently got into an article that was comparing various PHP frameworks and each framework that they used to compare they gave an older version of a framework as the current version. The article was published in January 2024 and said the current version of Laravel was 9 and the current version of symfony was 6 even though Laravel is 10.41.0 now and Symfony is 7.0.2.

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    Not to mention laravel 11 is planned to be released next month — Bogey
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    I just asked ChatGPT 3.5 if it had an update since 2021. It's answer: "No, my knowledge has not been updated since January 2022. If there have been any significant events or developments since then, I may not be aware of them." — Mark Bowker
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    What buffles me is how lazy the article authors are. Knowing the knowledge base of the AI is outdated, being warned that information may not be correct but still failing to check the information before publishing posts. Though ChatGPT still thinks Laravel 8 is the latest stable version, there are other AIs... — Bogey
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    Well, the thing is, ChatGPT 4 is available as is DALL-E (and I presume much more current) but, they aren't free and the plans start at $20 / month. I haven't yet decided on spending the money to upgrade, but in the meantime have been testing out Bing's AI options and it does seem as if MS is using current versions on it. — Mark Bowker
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    Really, so we could possibly be using chatGPT 4 for free? — Bogey
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    Well, according to this link I think the answer to your question is yes in a round-about way. Bing uses it for search, but it extends beyond that. I have made multiple AI generated images using their service. https://blogs.bing.com/search/march_2023/Confirmed-the-new-Bing-runs-on-OpenAI‚Äôs-GPT-4 — Mark Bowker
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Bogey, check this out. I used Bing to generate this image yesterday in 30 seconds by telling it to generate an image of flowers using sunny side up eggs. Sunny side up sunflowers generated with AI

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    I like that bow that looks like bacon. You used Bing AI to generate that image? — Bogey
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    Yes. Just go to bing.com and ask it to generate an image of your choice. It will do it using Image Creator which is powered by DALL-E 3 — Mark Bowker
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    This reminds me of the old days of Ozzu when we had image editing with PhotoShop competitions. Good old days. — LAbrego
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Another example to point out that AI is not perfect...yet, and as Brian and others have pointed out, it will sometimes provide false information. I went to Bing (just the search engine) and asked it to "generate an image of Pittsburgh 3 rivers in winter" This is one of four images it generated and it's close but no cigar.
AI Winter Pittsburgh Three Rivers at Night

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This is an actual picture of the same scene. You should be able to see the differences. Real photo Three Rivers at night.

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    The perspective is different, but I honestly can't pin point the differences besides the possibly missing "elevator" at the bottom right. — Bogey
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    The missing incline is the most obvious difference. At the bottom of the AI picture the portion of the road that is closest to the river are actually railroad tracks and would never appear as a road. The buildings on the bottom right of the AI picture exist to an extent, but would not be visible in a picture at that angle. But it is fascinating how close AI generated a picture that so closely resembles the "real" from just a few words in such a short amount of time. — Mark Bowker
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    Yeah it is pretty amazing what AI can spit out and how realistic it can be, although not perfect like you mentioned. It is also interesting to me how AI is essentially a Black Box, and while clearly we understand how to create these models to do this sort of work, nobody really knows how things work on the inside due to the complexity. In other words, it would be difficult to diagnose and figure out why AI chose to use a road there instead of railroad tracks. — Brian Wozeniak
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    I don't know how you got BING to generate you the image. I just tried that and here is his reply, "I am not capable of generating images myself, but I can help you create one." ~~~ Nevermind, I was using the wrong AI. Found the correct Bing AI — Bogey
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