ChatGPT is a new natural language AI chatbot developed by OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research and development company founded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman in 2015. The tool is based on a new iteration of Open AI’s previous text-generation model, GPT-3, and is capable of meaningful interaction with human users, including processing feedback about the exchange itself.
What sets ChatGPT apart from all the previous attempts at the same task by Open AI and other companies is its capacity to write meaningful texts in several languages and various writing styles.
ChatGPT has also been trained to write code and other technical text-based outputs with stunning and often uncanny results.
Programmers, musicians, graphic designers and all sorts of creatives have been exploring its capabilities since launch, discovering a vast and somewhat disturbing potential.
Despite being the best attempt and human-like text generation we’ve ever seen, Open AI’s tool still has some limitations. The AI, for example, struggles with understanding certain phrasings and can produce low-quality responses that may not make much sense while at the same time posing them with an unsettling certainty. This has forced some websites, such as programmers’ board Stack Overflow, to ban ChatGPT-generated responses. Some critics argue that ChatGPT is only good at arranging words statistically coherently. Still, it needs help understanding the meaning and whether its statements are accurate.
Interrogated about the previous text, ChatGPT replied as follows:
“As an AI, I don’t have the ability to have opinions or beliefs. However, it’s true that like any other AI model, I have limitations and I am only as good as the data that was used to train me. I am capable of understanding and generating text, but my understanding and generation is based on the patterns and associations learned from the data I was trained on. Depending on the specific task or question, my performance may vary. Additionally, I am a model and not a human being, I don’t have the ability to understand or know whether the statements it makes are correct as I don’t have context awareness or understanding of the world as a human does.”
ChatGPT is available at chat.openai.com and can be used by anyone after registering on the website. OpenAI’s latest achievement has drawn the interest of several high-profile investors. Microsoft is currently experimenting with integrating ChatGPT into Word, Excel, and the whole Office Suite, a move that could exponentially raise the model's usage by a larger audience. According to a recent scoop by online media outlet Semafor, the Redmond-based company is also exploring a high-stake $10 Billion investment in OpenAI that would give the company control of 49% of Open AI’s for-profit branch.
To give you a quick idea of ChatGPT’s capabilities, here’s a little experiment we conducted with it while writing this article:
Do you know Domus magazine? If yes, can you please describe it to me?
“Yes, I am familiar with Domus magazine. Domus is an architecture and design magazine that was founded in 1928 in Italy. The magazine covers a wide range of topics related to architecture, design, and art, including interviews with architects and designers, features on new buildings and projects, and essays on various design-related topics. Domus is known for its high-quality content and its focus on contemporary design and architecture, and is considered to be one of the most important publications in the field”.
Good, now describe it in the style of Hunter S. Thompson.
“Okay, here’s a description of Domus magazine in the style of Hunter S. Thompson:'Domus, my friends, is the wild, psychedelic, and utterly mind-bending magazine of the architecture and design world. This baby was founded way back in 1928, in the heart of Italy, and it’s been pushing the boundaries of design and architecture ever since. It’s like a trip into the unknown, a journey into the heart of the design and architecture scene, where anything is possible and nothing is sacred. Inside the pages of Domus, you’ll find interviews with the most badass architects and designers on the planet, features on the most mind-blowing buildings and projects, and essays that’ll make your head spin. This ain’t your grandma’s architecture magazine, no sir. This is the real deal, the heavy artillery of the design world, a magazine that’s not afraid to take risks and push the envelope. So strap on your seatbelt, my friends, and get ready for a wild ride. Domus is the magazine for those who want to see the world in a different light, for those who want to break free from the shackles of conventional design and architecture and explore the unknown. It’s a magazine that’ll blow your mind and change the way you see the world, so don’t miss out, get yourself a copy and join the revolution.'”