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What is ChatGPT? The Elon Musk-founded chatbot breaking the internet

OpenAI, a research firm specialising in artificial intelligence, made the platform available for public testing on December 1.

It is the latest tool in auto text-generating AIs.

Here’s everything you need to know.

What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is a chatbot where users can ask queries and the platform uses artificial intelligence to provide replies. It’s designed in such a way that users can receive both technical as well as jargon-free replies.

OpenAI is an independent research body founded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman in 2015.

On the official website of OpenAI, the AI-powered chatbot is available for public testing and users can practically test out its functions free of charge.

Once the tests are over, OpenAI can extend ChatGPT’s underlying tech to companies that rely on chatbots. For instance, the chatbot can be used for customer service, personal assistants, and students.

The key difference between ChatGPT and other AI chatbots is that the platform can answer follow-up questions, admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests.

It can even review and write codes in seconds and solve complex maths problems.

How does it work?

ChatGPT is a free service, but only during the research preview. This means one can simply head to the OpenAI website and click on the Try ChatGPT button to begin using the platform.

You can either sign up or use your OpenAI account to start using ChatGPT.

The platform is not without errors or limitations — the website discloses that ChatGPT occasionally creates plausible-sounding, inaccurate, or meaningless responses.

Can ChatGPT oust Google Search?

At the time of writing, no, because Google is a search engine and ChatGPT is a chatbot.

ChatGPT’s main purpose is to use natural language procession technology to simulate conversations with users, while Google is designed to find information on the internet.

However, both platforms do have one thing in common. They serve the same purpose, which is to assist users with answers to a variety of questions.

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