I invited ChatGPT to describe itself to a beginner, for our readers.

I decided it was time to jump into ChatGPT and see what it was all about.  The best way to do that, it seemed, was to put its talents to work on itself.  My request to ChatGPT was to explain itself to a beginner.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • It is in Beta form, meaning that it is constantly learning from its mistakes and feedback from users.
  • It was created by OpenAI which is partly funded by Elon Musk and is an organization dedicated to the research and development of artificial intelligence.
  • To use it, you will need to set up an account with Open AI by giving it your email address and a phone number.
  • ChatGPT can do many things beyond writing essays. It can compose music, write poetry, and even write a condolence letter.

Question to ChatGPT: Please explain ChatGPT to a beginner user.

Answer:  Hello! I am ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence language model designed to understand and respond to human language. ChatGPT is a type of computer program called a “chatbot” that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to understand and respond to text-based messages from humans like you. I have been trained on a massive amount of text data to generate human-like responses to your questions or statements. ChatGPT can converse with users on a wide range of topics.

Think of me as a computer program that can understand and communicate with you in natural language. I can help you with a variety of tasks such as answering questions, providing advice, generating text, and much more! The more information you give ChatGPT, the better it can understand your needs and respond accordingly.

Here are some tips on how to use ChatGPT:

  1. When using ChatGPT, it’s important to start with a clear and specific question or prompt. The more specific your question or prompt is, the better the response from ChatGPT will be.
  2. ChatGPT understands natural language, but it’s still important to keep your language simple and clear. Avoid using complex sentences or technical jargon that could confuse ChatGPT.
  3. ChatGPT may take a few seconds to generate a response, especially if the question or prompt is complex. Be patient and wait for the response to come through.
  4. ChatGPT generates responses based on its training data, and while it is impressive, it’s not perfect. After you receive a response, read it carefully and refine your question or prompt if necessary.
  5. ChatGPT can be a great tool for generating ideas or providing information, but it should not replace human intelligence or critical thinking. Use ChatGPT as a tool to help you, but always use your own judgement and common sense.
  6. If ChatGPT’s response is not what you were expecting, provide feedback to help improve its performance. You can do this by refining your question or prompt, or by selecting the “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” button to indicate whether the response was helpful or not.
  7. Finally, remember to have fun! ChatGPT can be a great tool for exploring new ideas, generating creative writing, or just having a conversation. So don’t be afraid to experiment and see what ChatGPT can do!

Me: Thank you, ChatGPT

ChatGPT:  You’re welcome! If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.


If you’d like to explore and experiment, here is how I navigated the website to find the ‘Playground’:

Go to www.openai.com





Scroll down and click on Try ChatGPT

Put your request or question into “Send a message’ box and hit Return.

An answer should be generated.

What if you don’t want your data available to ChatGPT?

There has been much press lately about the inaccuracies in many of ChatGPT’s responses to questions, particularly questions about specific people. According to a recent article in Wired magazine, OpenAI warns that ChatGPI might provide incorrect information.  It has invented jobs and hobbies for people, and included other potentially damaging information.  ChatGPT had a mayor in Australia implicated in a bribery scandal – totally false and the mayor is suing OpenAI for defamation.

ChatGPT has three primary sources of information that it draws from – data found on the web, data the company licenses from other sources and the information users feed it through chats.  Due to concerns, OpenAI has now introduced a Personal Data Removal Request form that allows people to ask that information about them be removed from OpenAI’s systems.  This is good, but experts consider it a first step, and that more data protection steps need to be taken.