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AI and ChatGPT

This guide provides a library perspective on the fast-changing world of Artificial Intelligence and ChatGPT.

About ChatGPT

ChatGPT is ever-evolving

ChatGPT (Generative Pre-Trained Transformer) is large language model tool that uses artificial intelligence (or natural language processing), to answer user-generated prompts. It was developed by OpenAI and is available for public use. Some versions of ChatGPT are not connected to the Internet and query a massive dataset that was collected prior to 2021. Those versions cannot source answers to questions after that date.

Many tech companies, including Google and Microsoft, are developing internet browser extensions and platforms that point AI at the web. These capabilities are constantly (and quickly!) evolving. But in general, ChatGPT can only provide textual responses, unlike other bots or virtual assistants it does not reliably link out to the internet, show images or videos, or provide any non-textual media.

For a deep-dive into the inner workings, check out this blog post "What Is ChatGPT Doing … and Why Does It Work?" by Steven Wolfram


Privacy & Terms and Conditions

  • OpenAI's privacy policy allows them to share your data with third-party vendors, law enforcement, and other users.
  • The Terms of Use state that "you must be 18 years or older and able to form a binding contract with OpenAI to use the Services".
  • These Terms also state that you must not "represent that output from the Services was human-generated when it is not".
  • You are responsible for the content generated "including ensuring it does not violate any applicable laws or these Terms."
  • While your ChatGPT account can be deleted, all of your prompts and questions belong to OpenAI and become a part of a larger library of data being collected.

Some text in this guide used by permission, courtesy of McGill University