What is ChatGPT?

What is ChatGPT? That is certainly a question many of us will be asking for a long time to come.

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OpenAI

OpenAI was founded Dec. 11th, 2015, and according to its about page is an AI research and deployment company wanting to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity. A couple of its notable investors include Microsoft and Khosla Ventures.

The idea of artificial intelligence certainly makes us all stop and think. Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek comes to mind rather quickly and so does the movie Terminator released in 1984 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Not to mention hosts of other movies revolving around artificial intelligence. As technology continues to evolve in this area, it’s easy to see all the benefits and with pause, some of its concerns. With any great advancement in science, there are bound to be some hiccups. We expect it. We prepare for it.

And with that, let’s talk a little bit about ChatGPT.

ChatGPT

In November of 2022, OpenAI launched a chatbot called ChatGPT. It is not the first chatbot ever made of course but it is quite unique in many ways. According to Wikipedia, ChatGPT is built on top of OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 family of large language models and is fine-tuned with both supervised and reinforced learning strategies. In other words, it is quite capable of making anyone who uses it… pause and go… hmmmm.

Below, I will be adding some YouTube visuals to help you further understand how you might go about signing up and gaining access to this magnificent resource, but before we do, let me share something with you that might just blow your hair back. The online ChatGPT window looks a lot like discord in some ways when you enable the dark mode. The color scheme is very similar and easy on the eyes. You can enable this mode in the bottom left-hand side of the window.

ChatGPT is in the early stages, has many bugs, isn’t perfect and is constantly being tested and improved. User feedback is encouraged and welcomed by the OpenAI team. Still, its abilities are quite impressive. Let me give you an example of what I mean. While sitting at the screen, I decided to ask the AI a simple test question:

What is a Skinwalker?

And the ChatGPT AI replied:

A Skinwalker is a type of creature in certain Native American legend. It is believed to be a person who can transform into an animal at will, either by wearing the pelt of the animal or by performing a special ritual. Some stories describe Skinwalkers as malevolent beings that use their shapeshifting ability to harm or kill people, while others portray them as more neutral or even benevolent. The exact nature and origin of Skinwalkers vary across different Native American cultures and traditions.

Not too bad an answer. I was quite impressed. So, then I asked it the same question but with a twist.

Explain to me what a Skinwalker is in a spooky way.

And the ChatGPT AI replied:

Skinwalkers are creatures of the night, feared by all who know of their existence. They are said to be humans who have the ability to transform into animals, taking on their characteristics and powers. Some say that Skinwalkers are evil beings, driven by a thirst for blood and a desire to wreak havoc. They are known to roam the wilderness under the cover of darkness, stalking their prey and waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Others believe that Skinwalkers are more neutral, using their shapeshifting abilities for their own purposes and not necessarily causing harm. No matter what their motivations, one thing is certain: encountering a Skinwalker is a deeply unsettling and potentially dangerous experience.

Again, not a bad answer at all. Pretty impressive really. So, I decided to ask it one more time.

Make it more scary.

And the ChatGPT AI replied:

As the moon rises high in the sky, the wind howls through the trees and the darkness seems to close in around you. Suddenly, you feel a presence behind you. You turn, but there’s nothing there. You try to shake off the feeling of unease and continue on your way, but the feeling persists. You hear a twig snap, and you spin around, heart racing, but again, there’s nothing there. You start to run, but your legs feel heavy and uncoordinated, as if you’re running through water. You can feel something watching you, stalking you, just out of sight. And then, out of the corner of your eye, you see a movement. You turn, and there it is: the creature known as the Skinwalker. Its eyes seem to glow in the darkness, and its teeth are bared as it prepares to attack. You’re frozen in fear, knowing that this may be the end for you. The Skinwalker lets out a guttural growl and leaps towards you, ready to claim its next victim.

Wait a minute, this thing is writing better than most people. Wow! Heck let’s try one more time, why not.

Make it even scarier.

And the ChatGPT AI replied:

The Skinwalker is a being of pure darkness, a creature of nightmares and terror. Its very presence is enough to send shudders down your spine and make your heart race with fear. It is said that these creatures can take on the form of any animal, using their shapeshifting abilities to stalk their prey and catch them off guard. But the Skinwalker is more than just an ordinary animal. It is driven by a malevolent intelligence, a malevolent force that seeks to spread fear and suffering wherever it goes. Some say that Skinwalkers are the embodiment of all that is evil in the world, and that they are drawn to those who are weak and vulnerable. If you should ever find yourself in the presence of a Skinwalker, you must be on guard at all times, for it will stop at nothing to claim you as its next victim. Your only hope is to run, to flee as fast as you can and never look back, for if the Skinwalker catches you, it will be the last thing you ever do.

Unreal! You can see where I am going with this. This is pretty scary and I’m not referring to the story.

Conclusion

While this blog was a tiny example of this AI’s ability, it should make even the most uninterested person stop for a moment and ponder what the future holds. What lies ahead for mankind and the scope of this small example should not be understated. This is scientific evolution. Some may argue this is similar to one small step for man but certainly a giant leap for AII-KIND. And it doesn’t stop there, this AI can write code all by itself… books, stories and even help you with essays and homework. And while we are at it, it can assist you with some physics. And the most amazing part of it, it is in its infancy. Imagine that.

Below is a couple videos from YouTube that can help you get started if you want to try it for yourself. I just picked these, I’m sure there are many others. Aso, here is a link to the OpenAI website to get you started.