BALTIMORE – ChatGPT is designed to understand and generate human-like text.
It was trained on a huge amount of data, including books and websites.
A person can ask him questions, seek advice, or just have a casual conversation with him.
At the moment, Chat GPT – short for “Generative Pre-Trained Transformer” – is becoming more and more popular because anyone can use it.
Also, it can answer almost any question.
For example, a person might use it to write press releases, legal briefs, or do homework.
“They’ll say, ‘As a freshman, write an essay on the causes of the American Revolution… that will do it,'” said Dr. Anupam Joshi to WJZ.
Joshi is Director of the UMBC Cybersecurity Center at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County.
He said in an interview this week that the ChatGPT has the ability to jeopardize many people’s jobs, including the role of reporters.
When Joshi asked ChatGPT to write a news article about crime in Baltimore, he received a story that included statistics and descriptions of people’s feelings.
ChatGPT even decided to add a quote from the mayor.
“It does a pretty good job as a reporter, maybe a professor,” Joshi said. “Perhaps next I should say, ‘Preparing a lecture on…'”
ChatGPT can do a lot, but it doesn’t know everything. If you ask it about the weather in Baltimore, it will say that it does not have real-time access to current weather information.
That’s because ChatGPT has limited knowledge of the world and events after 2021.
And because of this, there could be wrong answers.
“ChatGPT is good, but it’s not always right, and that’s actually quite normal because it’s relatively new and just getting better with time,” says Dr. Dobin Yim, an assistant professor at Loyola University Maryland, said.
There are some concerns that ChatGPT might produce biased content.
“The AIs could inadvertently spit out misinformation,” said Professor Dr. Kofi Nyarko from Morgan State University. “It could be unfairly targeting individuals in terms of how it responds to one group versus another. Information just couldn’t be accurate.”
Tech companies are rushing to add these chat models to their search engines.
So instead of getting a list of links, a person would enter into a dialogue with the artificial intelligence bot.
Joshi predicts the experience is only a few months away.
“It’s a good tool,” Joshi said. “It will do some things very well. But like any tool, you have to be careful with it.”
The company OpenAI released ChatGPT in November.
The company is currently conducting a research preview to gather user feedback. So everyone can use ChatGPT for free.