ChatGPT is a type of artificial intelligence model trained to generate coherent, human-like pieces of writing on a given topic. “ChatGPT was optimized for dialogue,” (ChatGPT FAQ | OpenAI Help Center) which means users interact with a chatbot in a conversational context, and the chatbot will compose text based upon the user’s prompts. The bot is capable of generating text on a variety of topics and in a variety of styles, “you simply type in a question or give it a command and it generates text for you.” (AUA Center for Teaching and Learning)
Another helpful resource to learn more about Chat GPT is this presentation developed by Dr. Torrey Trust (U Mass Amherst) that includes a variety of previously submitted prompts and completed output. (ChatGPT & Education, Dr. Torrey Trust).
ChatGPT launched as a prototype to the public Nov. 30, 2022. Within five days, more than a million people were using it. (USA Today, Jan 2023)
ChatGPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) is the latest viral sensation out of San Francisco-based startup OpenAI. ChatGPT: A new AI assistant (advanced chatbot), has been released to the public (currently free) with enhanced capabilities. ChatGPT can be used to generate text on many topics, and can be customized/fine-tuned to produce text in a specific style or on a specific topic. – You simply type in a question or give it a command and it generates text for you. Available here: https://chat.openai.com/chat
Some of the benefits of ChatGPT ( ChatGPT explained)
Information that sounds correct but is NOT: "If it is trained to be more cautious, it can end up declining questions that it can answer correctly"
Sensitive to slight tweaks in the input: The response from ChatGPT can be conflicting because phrasing can be slightly changed or the same prompt is made several times.
Bias is an issue: The ChatGPT model can be biased due to the training data. "It can also use certain phrases excessively".
Does not ask clarifying questions: The current model does not follow up to the question. It will make guesses if the user gives it an ambiguous question.
Response to inappropriate or harmful requests: "While the model usually refuses to accept inappropriate requests, it does sometimes respond to harmful instructions. Typically, unsafe content is regulated by Moderation API, but from time to time, it demonstrates false negatives and positives. However, the good news is that appropriate user feedback is being taken into consideration to improve the current system."
Information from https://hgs.cx/blog/chatgpt-explained-what-are-its-benefits-and-limitations/
Here's a tool for detecting an AI written work. It's not 100% accurate and with some simple edits could easily be circumvented. aiwritingcheck.org/