AI has been one heck of a rampant topic recently and appears to be a digital avenue that is not slowing down any time soon. You may be familiar with some of the AI tools that have been going viral around the internet over the past year. Like the image-generating AI, Dall-E, Midjourney and Wombo, which had an especially radiant 15 minutes of fame on TikTok.
2023 is now the takeover of AI chatbots, particularly ChatGPT, which has taken the world by artificial storm. But it seems that the use of this AI tool has expanded enormously beyond just for conversational chat generation and has become a digital multitool. Want a chocolate cake recipe using only vegan ingredients that absolutely has to include cherries? Move aside Nigella, ChatGPT’s got this.
What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is a model chatbot that was developed in November of 2022 by OpenAI, the same folks who worked on Dall E. It imitates human conversation but actually does what it says on the tin. You hear a lot of developers of AI chatbots and whatnot say that their product converses as if it were a human but it hardly ever rings true. They always still sound like a machine. ChatGPT really does give the impression that you’re speaking with someONE, not someTHING. It feels almost as if the model is just an incredibly intelligent and fast-responding person behind the interface rather than a programme.
The clever brains behind the bot fed a massive amount of data to it, as well as implemented some natural language processing technology that assisted in making the programme feel human-like. But the uses of the bot itself expand so much farther beyond just having a natter with ChatGPT, it actually does stuff, clever stuff at that too! It has a staggering 175 billion parameters defined within its 3rd version GPT-3 model that allows it to respond to queries of most natures. In saying this though, it is still a bot so it can’t do everything.
What are the pros of ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is a pretty decent application to have in your toolkit and can not only supply us with some light entertainment but can also be used to help with research, automation, customer service and more. A business can most certainly benefit from using ChatGPT, so it’s one to keep an eye on!
Want answers without having to wait? ChatGPT already has all the information, it just needs to find it. Whilst the AI is skimming through its databases, it will begin to generate an answer for you so you can get an idea as to what it will display to you once it has gathered the data it needs.
Dives through data
It can take hours, days, sometimes weeks and weeks to sift through data. With the help of ChatGPT, you can save time by having it analyse substantial quantities of data to help you collate useful insights.
Knows a thing or two
Thanks to the various prompts that ChatGPT can work with, there are a few fun and useful things you can do with and generate from ChatGPT. Write haikus, translate text from one language to another, tell jokes, easily explain a given topic – it’s incredible!
What are the cons of ChatGPT?
Now, this is key. ChatGPT is not perfect. Much like humans, it has errors and makes mistakes. It’s an easy assumption to think that technology is perfectly well-rounded and has all the answers but that is simply just not true. Think about it, how many times have you cursed at your computer because something went wrong?
Not always quite right
Who knows your customers better: you or AI? It’s going to be you of course, you’ve researched your audience and built up the knowledge of where they are, what they like, and built a relationship with them. ChatGPT can only do so much with the information you provide it and may only be able to provide the absolute bare minimum. This also runs the risk of misinformation. It’s important to check the outputs that ChatGPT generates and make sure you amend them as needed!
Subject to technical difficulties
As is the case with all technology, ChatGPT is subject to experiencing technical difficulties. One of the biggest annoying difficulties it faces is system capacity. There’s often a queue of users waiting to get into the application, making it a little fruitless. People use the tool as they want answers quickly, in the time they are waiting, they can just find the solution themselves via another source. Plus there’s the occasional network error.
Expensive to the earth
Considering just how much data the bot has stored away, it will subsequently rely on quite a demanding system to keep it running and to keep it. With the sheer amount of traffic tools such as ChatGPT receive, the carbon emissions must be hefty.
Should you use ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is a brilliant tool to use alongside your other business instruments but don’t be reliant on it. Artificial Intelligence tools are here to stay and embracing them will help give your business a forward-thinking and advanced edge. However, with this being said, ChatGPT is nothing more than just a tool to use, no different to the other tools that your business uses to help streamline business processes.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that ChatGPT can do everything for you. It really can’t. It has incredible range and offers so much but it will just never match the qualities of the marvels that are humans. Our entire beings are machines that are so much more compelling and robust than artificial intelligence, the two will just never compete. That’s right AI, you better be shaking in your metaphorical boots.
So if all the hype around this tool was getting you a bit anxious for a moment there, don’t you worry. Nobody is going anywhere, we all still have our jobs and the robots haven’t revolted against us.