Generative AI is a type of machine learning that is trained on massive datasets to create new content based on a user's prompt or instructions. Generative AI tools can be trained to create new text, images, audio, and even computer programs or code. As this is a technology that is quickly evolving, this guide is meant to be an introduction to generative AI and may be updated regularly.
ChatGPT is one of the most talked about generative AI tools available. Users can sign-up for a free account and access ChatGPT 3.5. The dataset used to train ChatGPT 4.0 is available as a paid service and is "more reliable, creative, and able to handle much more nuanced instructions than GPT 3.5," according to OpenAI. ChatGPT was trained on information through September 2021, which means it cannot provide answers to prompts about information after this date.
ChatGPT 3.5 and 4.0 are both subject to hallucinations and social biases. Hallucinations occur when a generative AI tool provides an answer that is false or made-up. It is important to be aware of the potential for hallucinations and social bias in all content provided by these tools. Users should always double-check that the information generated by AI can be verified through other reliable sources.
There are other AI tools similar to ChatGPT that are currently available for free use. While they have similarities, there are key differences to know.
There are many more Generative AI tools available, including those that create images, audio, help organize files, summarize information, and more.