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If you are one of the tech-savvy folks of the 21st century, an observer of what’s happening in the world, or just a curious mind, chances are you’ve heard about “OpenAI ChatGPT.” Maybe you’ve experimented with it or you’re using it already. 

Nothing in the world of technology has blown my mind like ChatGPT. It’s a complete game-changer. ChatGPT is a huge leap in technology. 

ChatGPT has taken the world by storm — from Africa to Asia to the Americas, to Europe and beyond. 

Released just a few weeks ago, ChatGPT is the fastest-growing platform and tech innovation to date. It took Facebook 10 months to reach a million users, it took Instagram, two and a half months but ChatGPT took only 5 days to reach a million users.

What is ChatGPT 

ChatGPT is an Advanced Chatbot launched by Open AI Foundation. It is a state-of-the-art Natural Language Processing (NLP) tool driven by Artificial Intelligence technology that allows you to have human-like conversations and interactions with a Chatbot. 

In simple terms, ChatGPT is a new AI Chatbot tool that can answer questions. It is capable of understanding natural human language and generating impressive dialogue and details.

Launched on 30th November 2022 and in just 6 weeks as of the time of writing this article, ChatGPT has turned the world on its head and given extra attention to Artificial intelligence, chatbots and the world of technology in ways no other technology has done before. 

Everyone is talking about ChatGPT — from top CEOs to everyday business people, from digital markets to healthcare professionals, from content creators to artists, from programmers to historians, and from teachers to students, the list is endless.

Given the ease of use and the huge advantages of ChatGPT over traditional internet search, ChatGPT attracted more than 1 million users in just one week after it was launched. That’s the fastest rate of technology adoption in the history of technology. 

It is currently available for free to anyone with an internet connection and is designed to be more user-friendly. 

What is Open AI and Who’s Behind ChatGPT Technology?

OpenAI is the name of the organization that invented ChatGPT. It was founded in 2015 as a research laboratory by Elon Musk and Sam Altman who’s now the current CEO.

It was established as a nonprofit research company that aims to develop and direct artificial intelligence (AI) in ways that benefit humanity as a whole.

It has since doubled its valuation to $29 billion after ChatGPT was launched. So, I guess it’s no longer a non-profit organization. 

Whatever the case may be regarding the organisation, ChatGPT will forever be known as the technological innovation that took artificial intelligence mainstream and made it accessible to everyday people.

What’s the difference between ChatGPT and other Chatbots?

Unlike other existing chatbots, ChatGPT uses generative AI technology. Hence the acronym GPT which stands for (Generative Pre-trained Transformer)

Generative AI is a type of artificial intelligence technology that creates its own original content by using its human-like comprehensive capabilities.

This means that ChatGPT does not only give users existing data but new unique data produced through its generative AI abilities.

Some people ask ChatGPT silly and trick questions but ChatGPT gets only smarter with these silly queries and trick questions.

Unlike traditional chatbots, ChatGPT remembers what the user said earlier in the conversation for follow-up questions, rejects inappropriate requests, and challenges incorrect responses. 

How does ChatGPT work?

It works like a written dialogue between the AI system and the person asking it questions.

ChatGPT is trained by AI and machine learning on a huge amount of information (data) taken from the internet. The system is designed to provide information and answer questions through a conversational interface.

ChatGPT technology has been trained to analyze large amounts of data so much so it can predict the word that comes next in a sentence.

This explains why it can formulate cohesive sentences and produce human-like answers and paragraphs.

In the words of Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, “the system was an early demo of what’s possible. 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.”

Is ChatGPT the End of Traditional Search Engines or a Google Killer?

Many people have described the technology as an alternative to Google because it is capable of going directly to the point and giving you almost exactly what you’re looking for. 

Traditional search engines or Google gives you millions of options to search through when you ask a question and this can be extremely overwhelming but ChatGPT goes straight to the point and gives you a concise answer. 

It also gives descriptions, answers and solutions to complex questions including solving coding challenges and generating accurate
responses to exam queries and all types of queries. 

ChatGPT interacts with users across the globe in a conversational way, at least to some degree. Whether you are using ChatGPT in Africa or any other part of the world, it gives you that sense of a human-like dialogue.

Many people are referring to ChatGPT as a game changer for markets, programmers, coders, content creators, artists, writers and many more professions because ChatGPT can help with almost every task by providing guidance and improvements. 

The countless hours of research you can save on ChatGPT is mind-blowing. What a time to be alive. 

Personally, I am excited about ChatGPT. It is an opportunity to augment my creativity. 

It’s like having an assistant and a tutor who knows all languages and knows all topics programming included (and I’m not even a programmer :).  ChatGPT makes things a lot easier. It is like having an entire research team, a personal teacher, a copywriter, personal tutor at your fingertips.

Conclusion

ChatGPT is absolutely revolutionary in terms of possible applications that come from this. There are both opportunities and threats.

If you are a person who has to trade your skillset for income in order to survive, then you should be genuinely concerned and worried. There appears to be a reckoning coming. Change is happening way faster than we can keep up.

This is a unique time in human history. We have to aim to be the best we can be as businesses and as individuals so we can use AI to provide value to the development of our civilization and prevent humanity from extinction.

Though ChatGPT is already a global tech sensation, it is still in its infancy. The current version of ChatGPT is a mass-testing version of the platform to see areas for improvement. 

This is why the site crashes constantly — the current version is not designed to accommodate millions of users at one time.

Comments (2)

  • Viswinceba Reply

    This has been the best and the simplest account on what ChatGPT is and what it can do etc that I have come across. Thank you.

    Seems like we are in for something indeed. Leaves me with the question “can humans and AI co-exist or is AI here to take us (our abilities AND jobs) over?”

    It’s exciting and scary.

    Jan 17, 2023 at 4:43 am
    • Nicky Verd Reply

      Thank you for your valuable feedback. I appreciate you taking the time to read.

      Jan 22, 2023 at 12:53 pm

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