What’s ChatGPT and its association to Twitter billionaire Elon Musk?

ChatGPT. If you frequent the interwebs as much as I do, I’m pretty sure you’ve come across this word. The first time I did, I scanned the internet for its definition and why it’s causing such a fuss. A 5-minute dive into the interwebs was all it took to reaffirm why it was such a big deal. After a quick sign-up, here’s my interaction with ChatGPT.

Curated with a chat approach, my first ‘text’ was quite straightforward; a simple hi. One whose reply was ‘Hello! How can I help you today?’
I then proceed to ask what’s ChatGPT.

“ChatGPT is a variant of the GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) language model that has been fine-tuned for the task of chatting with humans. It is designed to generate human-like text that is appropriate for use in a conversation with a person. It is a machine learning model that has been trained on a large dataset of human conversation, and it is able to generate text that is similar in style and content to that found in real human conversations. You can use ChatGPT to chat with it in a natural way, and it will respond with text that is appropriate for the conversation,” I get my reply.

ChatGPT was first introduced in 2017 and uses a transformer architecture to generate human-like text. It was founded by Wojciech Zaremba, a computer scientist and researcher who is known for his work on natural language processing and machine learning.

The language model behind ChatGPT was developed by OpenAI, a company co-founded by among them Twitter Billionaire Elon Musk and Wojciech Zaremba. OpenAI, a research organisation, has received funding from a variety of sources, including Musk. Musk together with a group of entrepreneurs, researchers, and philanthropists founded OpenAI in 2015.

ChatGPT seems to hold a lot of information. At one point, it responds as though it’s a search engine, however, my suspicions were dispelled with a single ‘text’.
“Is ChatGPT a search engine”
“No, ChatGPT is not a search engine. While it is able to generate text based on the input it receives, ChatGPT does not have access to the internet or any external information sources, and it does not search for or retrieve information from the web or other databases.”

From my interaction, ChatGPT is similar to virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa with the difference being it generates human-like text for use in conversation with a person while the voice services respond to voice commands.

As much as ChatGPT is not a search engine, it warns its users against disclosing any personal information. In its defense, the software program says its systems are not designed to handle or protect personal information in the same way that a human might.

Safe to say the Generative Pre-trained Transformer might have answers for everything with others describing it as a free marketing assistant.

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