I'll to the point, this tool is just that: A Tool. There are so many people out there trying to REPLACE people with chatbots. That isn't going to work, and you shouldn't want it to either.
AI or "Artificial Intelligence", is super helpful, and is totally changing how we do things. However it is still just like a hammer, meant to do something well, but you need a person in charge of it for the most productive outcome.
What is ChatGPT?
It is chat bot by the organization Open AI, which created this particular Large Language Model to help accelerate wide spread usage. Spread out wide it did!
You can ask it any question you want, and it will respond with an accuracy that is scary sometimes. Now there are moments where it gets hung up, or even a little creative in the answers (not in a good way). However I've used it to solve a lot of my problems, and moreover got it to help me flesh out my ideas for a video game I've been working on.
Who is OpenAI?
It is important to take a second and learn about the organization. After all "ChatGPT sets record for fastest-growing user base", and that is because they put it out there for anyone to use.
OpenAI is an American artificial intelligence research laboratory consisting of the non-profit OpenAI Incorporated and its for-profit subsidiary corporation OpenAI Limited Partnership. OpenAI conducts AI research with the declared intention of promoting and developing friendly AI. Wikipedia
How do you use the Chat Bot?
Once you log in you are presented with this screen.
Over to the left (not imaged) you have a collection of chats that you have previously done.
The real important bit is what you can see in the image, the "Send a Message" at the bottom. By thinking carefully you can craft a unique prompt, and ask Chatgpt a question. Something I use to test it for myself is asking "what is a polymath to you?", which is what I ask my guests on my show.
Whenever I test out a new ai chat tool, this is one of the markers I use to test it's abilities. Find something you know well, and ask that first to get your feet wet.
Alternative ways of using it:
ChatGPT is part of OpenAI, which means you can access the technology through the application interface or API.
Other tools such as Bing (also owned by Microsoft, like how OpenAI partly is), is using a direct line to the GPT softwares.
One of the first places to get GPT-4, which for those of us who don't pay for ChatGPT pro plan. Might be one of the ONLY ways.
Plugins for Apps like Obsidian:
Sort of in order of what I thought would be most useful. I hadn't tried these out yet because of privacy. In my main vault I have data I don't want shared, so I am going to make a test vault to play with these.
Feel free to let me know if you have any experience with these!
Why is it important in the long run?
Let me share a quick story. Now I've always been a videogamer, and have spent a ton of my life experiencing many different games.
Of course like anyone I wanted to make my own. I started coming up with ideas, and fleshing out characters, etc.
However I got to a point where there wasn't a clear path of what to do next, or how I could even get the game off the ground. This was for multiple projects, including a Pokemon fan game.
Why am I bringing this up? Well, this is because at the tailend of 2022 I was testing out ChatGPT, and started using it to flesh out the fan game. It started giving me answers that surpassed my expectations, and caused me to want to try and make this game as much as possible. I already had plans for the 2023 year, but I realized I could not ignore this.
Over the course of a month I created a world, numbered the locations, used GPT to come up with new terms and ideas for my OWN game series. No longer it being solely just a fan game, and even started helping me write the plot!
That was one project of many that I have experienced with this chat bot. Not only was that an earlier model, but it also wasn't trained on me (besides that single conversation thread).
Meaning once these get more and more common, and you can start training it yourself. Who knows what you'll be able to accomplish!