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Faculty Help: ChatGPT Comprehensive Resource Guide: ChatGPT 101

Repository of info about impact of ChatGPT on/in higher education. Content creation in collaboration with Anna Mills, College of Marin.

The "101" on ChatGPT

For this section I will let others more knowledgeable than myself answer these questions. 🙂
Click a question below to be taken to the answer. 

I'd like to sign up and experiment with ChatGPT. How do I do that?

What is ChatGPT?

How exactly does ChatGPT work (jargon-free, please!)

How exactly do LLMs work? (jargon-free, please!)

Does ChatGPT claim its answers are correct?

Have a lot of people heard of ChatGPT? How many people are aware of and using it?

*sigh* Is this just another hyped up tech phenomenon?

Does the ChatGPT site have its own FAQ section?

I hear OpenAI employed Kenyan workers to train ChatGPT to filter out harmful content, including violent and sexual material. Is this true?

What are some other ethical implications I should consider when engaging with ChatGPT?

 

I'd like to sign up and experiment with ChatGPT. How do I do that?

ChatGPT: https://chat.openai.com/

ChatGPT FAQ Page: https://help.openai.com/en/articles/6783457-what-is-chatgpt

 

What is ChatGPT?

 

How exactly does ChatGPT work? (jargon-free, please!)

This visual, interactive guide from The Guardian does an excellent job of explaining!

How AI chatbots like ChatGPT or Bard work – visual explainer | The Guardian

 

How exactly do LLMs work? (jargon-free, please!)

This is one of THE best explanations we've seen on the interwebz thus far. Enjoy!
A jargon-free explanation of how AI large language models work | ArsTechnica

And here are some handy glossaries of ChatGPT terms:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Terms: A to Z Glossary | Coursera

Basic Terms All ChatGPT Users Should Know | CNET

ChatGPT glossary | Geeky Gadgets 

A ChatGPT Glossary | WIT Lingo

 

Does ChatGPT claim its answers are correct?

It aims for that but the following disclaimer is displayed at the bottom of the site:

          "ChatGPT can make mistakes. Consider checking important information."

 

Have a lot of people heard of ChatGPT? How many people are aware of and using it?

About 1 in 5 U.S. teens who’ve heard of ChatGPT have used it for schoolwork | Pew Research | Nov.16, 2023

Most Americans haven’t used ChatGPT; few think it will have a major impact on their job | Pew Research | Aug.28, 2023

 

 

*sigh* Is this just another hyped up tech phenomenon?

Probably not - it's likely here to stay. But have a look at the Gartner Hype Cycle chart to better understand how these things often evolve over time. Learn more about the Gartner Hype Cycle here and here 

 

Does the ChatGPT site have its own FAQ section?

Yes. Here it is https://help.openai.com/en/articles/6783457-what-is-chatgpt

And here's a helpful infographic to get you started. 

 

I hear OpenAI employed Kenyan workers to train ChatGPT to filter out harmful content, including violent and sexual material. Is this true?

Yes, this is true. 

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