ChatGPT is currently the newest and most popular AI chatbot in the game and has piqued the interest of many in the few months it has been available to the public. In fact, it’s so popular that tech giants like Microsoft and Google (and more recently Twitter and Facebook) are engaged in a mad battle to integrate AI into their systems as soon as possible.
To quickly explain what it’s all about, ChatGPT is a chatbot developed by OpenAI that is designed to act as a supercharged virtual assistant, leveraging a huge amount of information and machine learning processes to answer questions, create recipes, help create and edit content , and much more – all in a friendly, conversational way. There is so much you can do with ChatGPT, and current restrictions are rare. Imagination and creativity – sprinkled with a little patience here and there – are essential to get the most out of the tool.
In terms of where you can use it, you now have a few more options than before, although we’d recommend going for it OpenAI’s official website and create an account there. Microsoft has integrated and managed ChatGPT into its Bing search engine BinChatbut to use that you need Microsoft Edge.
Google’s answer to AI-assisted search is google bard, which doesn’t use OpenAI’s ChatGPT, but is more of an answer (and rival) to it, based on Google’s LaMDA AI model and currently only available to select beta testers. So using the official OpenAI site is probably best right now if you just stick your toes in everything.
Do I have to pay for ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is free for now. OpenAI has launched a new paid option for it that basically acts as priority access, letting you skip waiting times and get early access to new features for $20 a month. So far we’ve used the free option and it works just as well; you don’t lose features or feel like you’re missing out, though it can be frustrating when you’re trying to jump in and the servers are really busy. If you’re just starting out, we recommend that you don’t buy paid plans just yet, but wait and see how you progress with the free version.
How long ChatGPT will remain free is currently a mystery. There isn’t much concrete evidence to suggest it’s a departure into the realm of paid access only, but like most applications and software with technology this advanced and demand so high, ChatGPT is likely to become a paid service. There is a distinct possibility that the basic version will turn into a free-with-ads situation, perhaps with query limits or time constraints, as maintenance must be quite expensive.
There is no wrong way to use ChatGPT and there are some security restrictions you may encounter. However, if you want to make the most of your time with ChatGPT and get more meaningful answers, there are a few things you’ll want to avoid. These include being clear and concise, avoiding typos, and being patient. Remember that ChatGPT is a tool and is always learning, so expect a few mistakes.
So, while ChatGPT is currently free, take the opportunity to play around with it, create itineraries, proofread papers, and get help with everyday tasks. AI is an evolving industry and regulation from agencies such as the US government and the European Union is still in its early stages, so enjoy it while you can without spending a dime!