SAN FRANCISCO – Ever wonder what it’d be like to talk with an artificial intelligence (AI)? ChatGPT is a charming new AI chatbot, a sophisticated machine – programmed with a wealth of data – that you can chat with online, in ordinary language. We hear it works best in English, although it can dabble in other languages, too. A San Francisco-based company called OpenAI developed it.

And – if you can get into its website at a time it’s not crazily crammed with other people – you can chat with it. Try asking it questions, or getting it to solve math problems. Or ask it to write you a song or poem in the style of a famous poet.

Visit ChatGPT

On MITech TV Monday Jan. 23, Melih Oztalay, CEO of Smart Finds Marketing, will provide details on how ChatGPT is changing the way business is done. Watch live on Facebook. 

How the buzz started

Sam Altman is CEO of OpenAI, which developed ChatGPT. On November 30, 2022, he sent out a tweet that ChatGPT was open and available for the public to try.

And try they did! The website reached 1 million users in its first five days.

You can set up your own account with ChatGPT and see how it works for yourself. You create a login, at which point you get the “prove you’re not a robot” test, which is undeniably ironic.

Afterward, you can add your question, give a command or just start chatting. For example, you could ask it to do your homework with a question like, “What is the theme of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood?” Or, for our purposes, we could ask, “What is ChatGPT?” I tried that, and here’s the answer I got, again within a second.

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