A Comprehensive Guide to Getting Started with ChatGPT

Open AI and Chat GPT are two buzzwords that took the internet by storm in the last two months. Chat GPT is an AI chatbot released by the research organization Open AI. Currently, Chat GPT is accessible to all and can be used free of charge. Even a person with no technical knowledge can easily use it to find answers to his or her queries.

Before we go into an in-depth discussion about Chat GPT and how to use it, let’s take a brief look at Open AI and GPT models.

Introduction to Open AI and GPT initiative

OpenAI is a non-profit research organization that aims to promote and advance artificial intelligence in a responsible and safe manner. It was founded in 2015 by a group of entrepreneurs and researchers, including Elon Musk and Sam Altman. It has made a significant contribution to the field of artificial intelligence and has a reputation for developing innovative and influential technologies. Some of the highly influential AI models and technologies made by Open AI include:

  • DALL-E: A neural network that is able to generate images from text descriptions, allowing users to create unique and original images by simply typing out a description.
  • RoboSumo: A series of robots designed to compete in a sumo wrestling tournament. The robots are designed to be able to learn and adapt to their opponents’ strategies in real time.
  • AlphaGo: An artificial intelligence program that was developed to play the board game Go. In 2016, AlphaGo became the first AI program to defeat a professional human player.
  • OpenAI Gym: A toolkit designed to develop and compare reinforcement learning algorithms.
  • Spinning Up: A resource for learning about and implementing reinforcement learning algorithms.
  • GPT (Generative Pre-training Transformer): A series of large language models that are trained to generate human-like text based on a given prompt.

The original GPT model was introduced in 2018 and has been followed by several improved versions, including GPT-2, GPT-3 and GPT-4. GPT models have become increasingly powerful and are able to generate text that is often difficult to differentiate from text written by a human. To generate text, the GPT model is fed a prompt, which is a small piece of text that provides the model with some context and a starting point. The model then uses this prompt to generate a sequence of words that continues on from the prompt, trying to create text that sounds natural and coherent. GPT models have a wide range of applications, including question-answering, language translation, and content generation. They are trained on a large dataset of text and use a machine learning technique called “transformer” to understand the context and relationships between words.

What is Chat GPT?

Chat GPT is a smart chatbot based on GPT models. It’s a natural language processing (NLP) model that is trained to generate human-like text based on a given prompt. It has been designed to generate human-like responses that are coherent and relevant to the given prompt. In addition to generating text, Chat GPT can be used for tasks such as language translation, content generation, summarization, and question answering.

Many companies have experimented with AI chatbots in the past, but none of them have achieved much success. Microsoft introduced a chatbot named Tay in 2006, and Meta released BlenderBot 3. But within a few days after their introduction, these came under fire for using misogynistic and racist content and generating misleading information. However, in creating Chat GPT, Open AI has used several mechanisms to avoid these pitfalls. The Chat GPT model has been trained using Reinforcement Learning from Human Feedback (RLHF) and the same methods as InstructGPT, but with small differences in the data collection process. The initial model was trained with supervised fine-tuning, where human trainers acted as both the user and AI assistants in conversations and had access to model-generated suggestions to help them compose their responses. Then this new dialogue dataset and the transformed InstructGPT dataset were mixed together. To create a reward model for reinforcement learning, data was collected by ranking the quality of multiple model responses in conversations between the trainers and the AI.

ChatGPT Prompt Engineering Guide and Collection of some Handy Prompts

ChatGPT Pricing

People can use ChatGPT in 2 ways,

1. Use the official ChatGPT wrapper service/web application provided by OpenAI

Official ChatGPT wrapper gives unfettered access to OpenAI chat. This web application was totally free to use when it first launched but since then they have started offering a paid plan with more AI generation power and model updates (like newest GPT4). Here’s a screenshot of very first pricing option they had.

ChatGPT Old Pricing
Old Pricing

Since then they have expired this Professional plan and had given free 1 year access to people who subscribed to it.

As of this writing, ChatGPT Plus is the only available paid plan and it costs $20/month. Subscribers to the paid plan get access to GPT-4 which can take both text and image inputs as prompts. GPT4 is much more polished robust language model than GPT 3.5 that’s available to free plan users. Due to heavy demand and technical difficulties GPT-4 is currently capped at 25 interactions every 4 hour window.

ChatGPT Plus Pricing
Current Pricing

2. Use OpenAI API connection with third party ChatGPT wrapper services

OpenAI API allows you to use its various services in your own web application. There are many web-based chat tools that offer connectivity to OpenAI API (e.g. TypingMind, Gasbyai, Team-GPT) so that you can use same ChatGPT functions without subscribing to official $20 per month plan. Here you only pay for the API consumption. This way you get billed only for what you are using via the API, and at the end of the month, you get a single invoice for all usage. You can find API keys inside your OpenAI account. API cost is determined by the total number of tokens consumed on a monthly basis. Tokens are the units used for measuring text length and processing within the API.

These third party wrappers typically have better UI and special features/capabilities that shows how limited the official ChatGPT wrapper is. For example, TypingMind has tons of personas and prompts; it lets you google stuff from within the chat window; it lets you upload documents to the AI and let it do things with it (transform, convert, summarize, expand, etc.); it integrates with ElevenLabs so that it can read what the AI responds back to you with impressive voices; it can even be self-hosted.

ChatGPT API Pricing

In addition to the officially provided wrapper for OpenAI’s GPT-3 and GPT-4 models, there are also other third-party services available that offer similar functionality. These include Halist AI and Get Voila AI, both of which allow users to utilize the powerful language processing capabilities of these models up to a certain number of requests per month. This can be a much more cost-effective solution than paying for a monthly subscription to the official wrapper or directly purchasing access to the API. By taking advantage of these alternative options, developers and businesses can leverage cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology without breaking the bank.

What are the Main Features of Chat GPT?

• Since Chat GPT is a smart chatbot, it communicates in a conversational format. It can ask about your health, tell you jokes, and let you know when it doesn’t understand your queries.
• It remembers what you said earlier in the conversation. You also have the option to delete your earlier conversations and start a new chat.
• It corrects incorrect premises. For example, if there is an inaccuracy in the question you asked, it will let you know. For example,

Chat GPT - Incorrect Question

• It answers follow-up questions and also allows you to provide follow-up corrections.
• It can decline inappropriate requests. This is because it has been trained to refuse inappropriate queries. For example, information related to illegal actions or queries related to racism or misogyny.

Chat GPT - Inappropriate Requests

• Chat GPT can sometimes even admit its mistakes.

Chat GPT is currently in a research phase. During this phase, it’s completely free of charge because creators are interested in receiving users’ feedback to learn about the model’s strengths and weaknesses.

How to access (official) Chat GPT web application?

• Go to the OpenAI website. You’ll see a black banner on top of the site that reads “Introducing ChatGPT.” Click on ‘Try.’

Open AI Website

• Then you’ll see a log-in option:

Chat GPT - Creating Account

• Set up an account using your email ID and a new password.
• You’ll then be asked to verify your email.
• Once you do that, you will be asked to verify your phone number using a code.

Chat GPT - Verify Number

• Followed by verification, the website will ask you to fill in personal details, mainly your name and organization.

Chat GPT - Tell Us About You

• You will also have to indicate how you intend to use this AI tool.

Chat GPT - Primary Use

• Once you have completed all these steps, you will be directed to the interface of the web app.

Chat GPT - User Interface

• Here, you can use Chat GPT for any of your questions. All you have to do is type your query in the search bar at the bottom of the page and press enter.

Not sure what you can do with Chat GPT? Read the following section to understand the various functionalities of this AI software.

Use cases of Chat GPT technology

1. Write emails

You can use this chatbot software to generate entire emails with just a few keywords. You can also use it to write replies to emails you have received or generate cold emails for your business. Here’s an example of an email generated with Chat GPT. All you have to do is fill in your name and other personal details to personalize it.

Chat GPT - Write Email

2. Write CVs and cover letters

If you are on the lookout for a new job, creating CVs and cover letters to match various jobs might be a tiring task for you. Chat GPT is a quick way to create customized CVs and cover letters. Given below is a CV for a high school graduate with no experience and a corresponding cover letter for a position at Walmart.

Chat GPT - CV
Chat GPT - Cover Letter
Cover Letter

3. Check grammar

All of us make mistakes in writing. If you have any doubts about your writing, you can take them to Chat GPT. It not only tells you what is grammatically correct and incorrect but also explains grammar rules related to your issue. This function can replace the need to use grammar and spelling checkers like Grammarly. Look at the example below:

Chat GPT - Grammar Correction

4. Get advice on personal life

Chat GPT is an artificial intelligence program and can’t understand feelings and emotions. But it can provide suggestions to your personal problems, helping you to manage your relationships with family and friends. We asked this chatbot about dealing with a nosy mother-in-law, and here are some very helpful suggestions it generated.

Chat GPT - Personal Advice

5. Explain complex topics

Sometimes, a simple Google search doesn’t really help us to understand a complex topic. For example, think about complex issues like quantum physics, existentialism, or some complicated biological process. Chat GPT can explain complex topics in very simple words as if explaining something to a child.

Chat GPT - Explain Complex Concept

6. Solve tricky math problems

Chat GPT is very good at handling math questions, be it complex algebra problems or simple math problems. It doesn’t just give you the answer but explains the process of solving the math problem step by step.

Chat GPT - Maths

7. Write, Debug, and Explain Code

Did you know that Chat GPT can write code? In addition to writing code, it can also explain code and help you find mistakes in the code you have written.

Chat GPT - Code

8. Create various types of content

In addition to the above functions we discussed, Chat GPT is capable of creating various types of content – essays, blog posts, summaries, songs, and poems. This is an example of a poem we generated using it.

Chat GPT - Poem

9. Translate different types of texts

You can also use Chat GPT to translate a text into various languages, including French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Hindi, and Arabic. Given below is an example of a translation into French.

Chat GPT - Translation

What are the Limitations of Chat GPT?

Chat GPT has received a lot of attention due to its impressive capabilities and potential to revolutionize the field of natural language processing. But it is still an AI model and is not perfect. Like any other machine learning model, it has certain limitations and should be used with caution and in appropriate contexts.

As soon as you log into the Chat GPT website, you will see three of its main limitations listed.

• It may occasionally generate incorrect information.
• It may occasionally produce harmful instructions or biased content.
• It has limited knowledge of the world and events after 2021.

To test these limitations, we asked it a question based on an event that occurred in 2022. Here’s how it responded.

Chat GP - Knowledge Gap

Another weakness we noticed in Chat GPT is that it is sensitive to the way we phrase a prompt. For example, when we phrase a certain question, it may claim to not know the answer, but when we rephrase the question, it may give a correct answer. Moreover, the Chat GPT model tends to overuse certain phrases or repeat the same sentence in different words, making an answer or explanation unnecessarily long.

Overall, Chat GPT is an AI chatbot and is not capable of emotions or reasoning about the world in the same way that a human does. Therefore, you should not rely on it to make decisions or take actions that could have real-world consequences.

How Chat GPT Will Change Our Lives?

Education: homework and assignments:

Chat GPT can easily help students with their homework and assignments. A student only has to type or copy and paste the title in the search bar and press ENTER. The chatbot will not only give the answer to questions but will also explain how to solve them in a simple manner. However, some educators are worried that this might make cheating easier, which would negatively affect students’ learning abilities. To tackle this issue, OpenAI recently released a tool to detect AI-generated text. Here are some other AI detectors: GPTZero, GPT-2 Output Detector, DetectGPT, AI Content Detector, ZeroGPT.

Competition for Google

Some tech experts claim that Chat GPT can pose a threat to Google as it can present information in simple, clear sentences instead of just a list of internet links. It can explain complex concepts in a way people understand and will make you feel as if you are talking to an expert. There are no ads, no affiliate links or anything to worry about someone pushing a product. Microsoft Edge has just come out with their new Bing search engine, which have AI-power chat built in. Overall, searching for information on Chat GPT is easier than a simple Google Search. But it’s very clear that Chat GPT, with its current technical and demand limitations, has a long way to go if it wants to replace Google.

Impact on various jobs

Chat GPT has numerous functionalities, including translating, writing blog posts, generating content like poems and songs, and coding. Some people assume that this chatbot will replace various jobs like journalists, creative writers, and programmers in the future. As we discussed above, with its current limitations, it cannot do the function of a human. But professionals can use this tool to make their work better. For example, programmers can easily use this AI tool to check for bugs in their codes, and writers can use it to check for mistakes in their writing or translate simple phrases.


Overall, OpenAI and ChatGPT are at the forefront of the field of artificial intelligence and natural language processing, and they have the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with computers and machines. Whether you’re a researcher, a developer, or just someone who is interested in AI, OpenAI and ChatGPT are definitely worth keeping an eye on.

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