intro course

What is ChatGPT—and How Do You Use It?

20 minutes

6 chapters

For everyone

Intro course

Course information

In the coming years, robots will no doubt take over much work from humans—including knowledge work and creative tasks. With the chatbot ChatGPT, that future has suddenly come much closer. Why is that? And how does ChatGPT actually work? Take this short course to get an overview!

ChatGPT is an artificially intelligent chatbot that you can ask anything. But can we really trust a word that ChatGPT writes? How smart and intelligent is it—and, going forward, how will ChatGPT and other digital assistants change how we work, study, find information, and participate in society?

A brief overview of ChatGPT: 

ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI, is a sophisticated text-generation model recognized for its capability to produce coherent and natural sentences from provided inputs.

One prevalent application of ChatGPT involves feeding it a sentence or question, and letting the model craft an appropriate response. Beyond this, the model can be leveraged to extend a given piece of text or generate entirely new content focused on a specific topic.

ChatGPT finds utility in various domains:

  • Text Generation: Its proficiency in churning out organic text makes it a valuable tool for crafting articles, blog entries, short stories, and more
  • Conversational AI: It can be the backbone for virtual assistants or chatbots, enabling them to field queries and execute tasks.
  • Autocomplete: By predicting and completing sentences or larger pieces of text, ChatGPT can expedite the writing process and bolster productivity.
  • Creative Writing Assistance: Writers and creative professionals can harness ChatGPT to spawn novel ideas or phrasings.
  • Language Translation: Though not its primary function, with adequate training, the model could be applied to translate content across languages.

And by the way: The content you're reading right now, starting with “A Brief Overview of ChatGPT”, has been created by ChatGPT. That is, it's a computer-generated passage, not penned by a human.

You no doubt have many questions about how it works. In this course, you will also get many answers.

What you will learn: 

  • What is ChatGPT?
  • What can you use it for?
  • How can you get the most out of ChatGPT?
  • How is ChatGPT Plus different?
  • How will the technology affect future jobs and lives?
  • What are the greatest benefits—and the greatest threats?

Updated with ChatGPT Plus

ChatGPT has been free to use since its launch before Christmas in 2022. This course was originally published soon after.

In spring 2023 OpenAI launched a paid version, ChatGPT Plus, through which you get access to an even newer and better version of their language model. This course is updated with the latest capabilities in ChatGPT as of summer 2023, as well as the current best practices for using the technology.

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