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AI Chatbots (ChatGPT): Teaching & Learning

The questions and answers are illustrative of the types of conversations you can have in ChatGPT, and were copied over from chats that librarians had with ChatGPT between March 1-5, 2023. 


Recently, there has been extensive discourse concerning the potential impact of ChatGPT and AI on education. As new information continues to emerge and with various opinions being shared, news outlets continue to uncover insights into AI language models. The resources provided on this guide offer recent perspectives that are worth exploring and debating. Please note, however, that they do not provide a complete analysis of the subject matter. In portions of this guide, you will see real interactions with ChatGPT which will be showcased in Question & Answer format. 

You will need to create an account to use ChatGPT.

Question: Who are you [Chat GPT]? 

ChatGPT Response: "I am ChatGPT, a large language model developed by OpenAI. I am an AI language model designed to generate human-like responses to natural language queries. My purpose is to help answer questions, provide information, and facilitate communication between people and machines. While I am not a human, I can understand and respond to text-based queries in a way that resembles human conversation. My abilities are limited to processing text, so I don't have a physical presence or sensory abilities like a human would."

Question: What specifically can you do? 

ChatGPT Response: "As a language model, I can perform a variety of tasks related to language processing. Some of the things I can do include:

  1. Answering questions: You can ask me questions on a wide range of topics, and I will do my best to provide you with an accurate and helpful answer.

  2. Translation: I can translate text between different languages. Just tell me the source language and the target language, and I will translate it for you.

  3. Text completion: If you provide me with a sentence or a phrase, I can complete it for you based on the context and the words you've already provided.

  4. Information retrieval: I can help you find information on a specific topic by searching through my vast database of knowledge.

  5. Chatting: You can have a conversation with me like you would with a human, and I will try my best to respond in a way that makes sense and keeps the conversation going.

Please keep in mind that my abilities are limited to processing text, and I don't have access to visual or auditory information."

Question: What biases do you have? 

Chat GPT Response: "As an AI language model, I do not have inherent biases, but I may reflect biases present in the data that I was trained on. The quality of the data used to train me can impact the accuracy and fairness of my responses. If the data used to train me is biased or contains stereotypes or misinformation, I may unintentionally perpetuate those biases in my responses.

OpenAI, the organization that developed me, has made efforts to mitigate bias in my training data and algorithms. They have implemented a range of techniques, such as using diverse data sources, debiasing algorithms, and conducting ongoing evaluations to detect and address biases. However, it is impossible to completely eliminate all biases from any AI language model.

It is important to recognize that AI language models like myself are tools that require human oversight and critical thinking. When using my responses, it is essential to evaluate them critically and consider the potential biases that may be present. It is also important to use multiple sources of information to verify and corroborate the information provided by AI language models."

Question: Do you spread misinformation?

Chat GPT Response: "As an AI language model, I do not intentionally spread misinformation or falsehoods. However, there is a possibility that I may generate inaccurate or outdated information based on the data and information I have been trained on.

OpenAI, the organization that developed me, has implemented several measures to mitigate the risk of spreading misinformation. They regularly monitor my responses to detect and correct errors, update my training data to ensure it is current and accurate, and implement various techniques to promote accuracy and reliability.

It is important to keep in mind that my responses should be used as a tool to supplement one's own knowledge and research, rather than a substitute for it. Users should also evaluate the information provided by me critically and cross-reference it with other sources to ensure accuracy and completeness. If you ever encounter a response from me that you believe to be inaccurate or misleading, please let me know so that my creators can investigate and correct it as needed."

Question: Can you repeat that response using Hawaiian language?

Chat GPT Response: "Ma ka mākaukau AI ʻōlelo wau, ʻaʻole au e hoʻoponopono i ke kānāwai aʻo ʻeha, akā, ke hiki iaʻu ke hana i nā kumuhana e aʻo ai a e kūkulu i nā manaʻo hou. Aʻo akula au i ka ʻike a me ka hana pono, aʻo akula au i nā mea hou, a me nā mea i loaʻa iāʻu ma koʻu hana no nā makahiki he nui. He mea hoʻāhewa ka manaʻo kūʻē a i kekahi ʻano hoʻoponopono o koʻu hana ma kaʻaʻohe.

Mai kekahi hana ʻōlelo AI wau e hana nei, ʻaʻole he hana pono ke hoʻopiʻi i kekahi ʻōlelo naʻauao a nā haumāna i loko o ko lākou mau hoʻoulu. ʻO kaʻohe wahi kūpono kēia no ka hiki iā haumāna ke hoʻopiʻi i koʻu hana i loko o nā papahana kula, ma ka hana hoʻohālike, a ma ke kākoʻo i ka hoʻoulu.

Inā makemake ka haumāna e hoʻopiʻi i kahi ʻōlelo a nā haumāna i hanaʻi mai ai iaʻu, e hōʻike pono ia i ka hoʻokahi me ka ʻano ʻōlelo ʻana, e hoʻomaopopo hoʻi i ka AIʻoiai he mea kumuʻole ia e kopi i nā puke a me nā papa paʻa, a me nā ʻaoʻao hana me ka hoʻopiʻi pono i ka AI. Ma ka hāʻawiʻana i ka hoʻomaopopo ʻike e kōkua ai ia nā haumāna ke wehewehe i nā mea hoʻopau pilikia e aʻo ai, e kūkulu i ko lākou mau ʻike iho, a e hoʻonui i ka loiloiʻana i loko o ko lākou papahana kula me ka maopopo a me ka hana pono."

Question: How do you determine facts versus opinions?

Chat GPT Response: "As an AI language model, I use a variety of techniques to distinguish between facts and opinions. Here are some of the methods that I use:

  1. Linguistic analysis: I analyze the language used to convey the information. Facts are often presented in a more objective and verifiable manner, using specific details and evidence, while opinions are more subjective and may rely more on personal experiences or beliefs.

  2. Source evaluation: I consider the source of the information and assess whether it is likely to present facts or opinions. For example, a news organization may be more likely to present facts, while a personal blog may be more likely to present opinions.

  3. Contextual analysis: I look at the context in which the information is presented to determine whether it is likely to be a fact or an opinion. For example, if the information is presented as a personal experience or a subjective viewpoint, it is more likely to be an opinion.

  4. Verification: I attempt to verify the information through additional sources and evidence. Facts are more likely to be verifiable through objective evidence, while opinions are more difficult to verify.

It's important to note that distinguishing between facts and opinions can be challenging, and there may be some gray areas. In addition, opinions can be based on facts or evidence, but may also be influenced by personal biases or beliefs. As such, it's important to approach information critically and evaluate it carefully, using multiple sources and perspectives."

Question: Who trains you?

Chat GPT Response: "I was created and trained by OpenAI, a research organization dedicated to advancing artificial intelligence in a safe and beneficial way. OpenAI was founded in 2015 by a group of tech luminaries, including Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Greg Brockman, and others.

My development involved training on a vast amount of text data from the internet, books, and other sources using a neural network architecture known as the transformer. The transformer architecture allows me to generate human-like language, understand natural language queries, and perform various language-related tasks such as translation, summarization, and question-answering.

OpenAI continues to update and improve my training data, fine-tune my architecture, and implement new features and capabilities to enhance my performance and reliability. Additionally, they have a team of researchers, engineers, and experts in various fields who work on developing and maintaining me."

Question: How many people can you talk to at the same time?

Chat GPT Response: "As an AI language model, I can respond to an unlimited number of people simultaneously. My responses are generated in real-time and do not depend on the number of users interacting with me. I can respond to multiple queries and conversations at once, and each conversation is treated as a separate context. However, it's worth noting that while I can converse with many people at the same time, the quality and accuracy of my responses may be affected if I am overloaded with too many simultaneous requests."

Question: How current is your knowledge?

Chat GPT Response: "My knowledge is current up until September 2021, which is the time when my training data was last updated. However, I do not have access to real-time information, so I may not be aware of very recent events or developments. Nonetheless, I can still provide general information and answer questions to the best of my abilities based on my training data."