ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence chatbot developed by AI startup OpenAI, is causing quite a stir in schools, corporate boardrooms, and social media.
The tool can take written input from users and generate human-like responses ranging from William Shakespeare-style poetry to advise on what to do for a child’s birthday party.
It has also sparked a war of words between Google and Microsoft, two of the world’s largest technology companies.
What exactly is ChatGPT?
I asked the buzzy artificial intelligence chatbot, which has sparked debate in classrooms, corporate boardrooms, and on social media, to explain itself.
ChatGPT is “an AI-powered chatbot developed by OpenAI, based on the GPT (Generative Pretrained Transformer) language model,” according to its own description. It employs deep learning techniques to generate conversational responses to text inputs.”
The tool is making waves in the business world. Management from various companies, including oil giants, banks, and even industrial behemoth Caterpillar, have mentioned it on earnings calls.
It has also raised concerns about possible abuses. ChatGPT has been used in classrooms to generate entire essays, and hackers have begun testing it to write malicious code.
So, what exactly is ChatGPT? Here’s a quick rundown of everything you need about the popular AI chatbot.
What makes it so unique?
ChatGPT is powered by a large language model, also known as an LLM, which is programmed to understand human language and generate responses based on large data corpora.
GPT-3.5 is the name of ChatGPT’s LLM. It is an enhancement to OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model.
GPT-3 is one of the largest and most potent language-processing AI models to date, with 175 billion parameters.
What makes it so popular?
No other generative AI application has achieved the level of influence and virality that ChatGPT has.
It was the subject of numerous memes and the talk of the business community at last month’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Baidu, the Chinese tech giant, created its own version called Ernie Bot.
According to Altman’s Dec. 5 tweet, the chatbot signed up 1 million people in the five days following its launch. According to a UBS note published last week, ChatGPT had 100 million monthly active users only two months after its launch, making it the fastest-growing consumer application in history.
TikTok took nine months and Instagram two and a half years to reach 100 million users.
According to Similarweb data, January 31 was the busiest day ever for ChatGPT, with its website receiving a record 28 million daily visits. This was an increase of 165% from a month ago.