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What Is Chat GPT And How Does It Work?

Zoe Kramer December 7, 2022

You might have heard talk of Chat GPT around the Internet. Some say it’s groundbreaking technology, even comparing it to Google. But how does Chat GPT work, what actually is it, and what makes it different from the dozens of other AI that we currently have access to? If you have these questions on your mind, not to worry. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about this technology and how it works.

What Is Chat GPT?

Chat GPT is a chatbot that was developed by the artificial intelligence research company OpenAI. It has a number of different functions, including answering questions, solving math equations, writing texts, debugging and fixing code, translating between languages, creating text summaries, making recommendations, classifying things, and explaining what something does, such as a code block. In other words, it has a vast array of functions that have the potential to simplify everyday life for a lot of people.

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The chatbot is still a prototype currently, and represents the latest in a long line of GPT (Generative Pre-Trained Transformer) technologies. The reason it’s been described as an alternative to Google is because it is capable of providing many of the same functions that Google currently provides for users. It also has the potential to perform tasks such as generating content for websites and answering customer inquiries.

How Does It Work?

So how exactly does Chat GPT work? Like most AIs, ChatGPT is trained through a large database of information from the Internet. It has a conversational interface, which allows it to answer follow up questions, reject certain requests and recognise when it has malfunctioned or made an error. It also makes it straightforward to use.

This functionality may seem relatively unimpressive when using chatbots for things like customer service has become commonplace, but the difference is that most chatbots have a small selection of automated pre-programmed replies, whereas ChatGPT can respond directly to a query and adapt itself in conversation much like a human could.

Is There A Chat GPT App?

While its text-based conversational format would make ChatGPT into a great app to have on your smartphone, it’s not available on IOS or Android – at least not yet.

However, you can still use ChatGPT for yourself if you want to give it a try. Simply go to the OpenAI website, select the banner called ‘Introducing ChatGPT’ and then choose ‘Try.’ The website will then prompt you to create an account, and once you’ve done this you can log in and select the ‘Playground’ option to chat with ChatGPT.

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Zoe Kramer is a full-time staff writer on Freshered. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.