Chat GPT 101 – Introduction

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What is Chat GPT?

ChatGPT is an advanced language model developed by OpenAI, specifically from the GPT-3.5 architecture. It is designed to understand and generate human-like text, making it capable of engaging in natural and coherent conversations with users. ChatGPT has been trained on a diverse range of internet text and possesses the ability to provide information, answer questions, assist with tasks, and generate text across various topics. Its sophisticated language capabilities have enabled it to be used for customer support, content generation, idea brainstorming, and more.

How does Chat GPT work?

ChatGPT is built upon a deep learning architecture known as the Transformer. It processes input text and generates responses by predicting the next word in a sequence, taking into account the context provided by the previous words.

Here’s a simplified overview of how ChatGPT works:

  1. Tokenization: When you input text to ChatGPT, it breaks down the text into smaller units called tokens. Tokens can be as short as one character or as long as one word. This allows the model to process and understand the text more efficiently.
  2. Contextual Understanding: ChatGPT reads the input text token by token, and for each token, it predicts what the next token should be based on the patterns it has learned from its training data. It takes into account not just the current token, but also the preceding tokens to understand the context of the conversation.
  3. Probability Distribution: The model generates a probability distribution for each token in the input over all possible tokens that could come next. This distribution reflects the model’s confidence in the likelihood of each token following the context.
  4. Sampling: To generate a response, the model can use different strategies. One common strategy is “sampling,” where the model randomly selects the next token based on the probabilities from the distribution. This randomness adds an element of creativity to the responses.
  5. Continuation: The process of generating one token becomes the input for generating the next token, creating a chain of tokens that forms a coherent response.
  6. Conversation History: To maintain context in conversations, the model keeps track of the conversation history and incorporates it into the generation process. This helps it produce relevant and contextually appropriate responses.
  7. Iterative Process: ChatGPT doesn’t generate a response in a single step; it generates tokens one by one in an iterative process. The length of the response can be controlled by specifying the desired number of tokens.
  8. Fine-Tuning: While ChatGPT is pretrained on a wide range of data, it can also be fine-tuned on more specific tasks or domains to make its responses more accurate and tailored to certain contexts.

Ok this sounds pretty cool, but…

How accurate is Chat GPT?

ChatGPT can generate coherent and contextually relevant responses, but it may occasionally produce incorrect or nonsensical answers. The accuracy of its responses can vary depending on the complexity of the input and the task at hand. It is important to notice that it may not always fully understand nuanced queries.

Is ChatGPT creative?

ChatGPT can demonstrate creativity by generating unique and imaginative text, such as writing stories, poems, or creative suggestions. However, its creativity is a result of learned patterns from its training data rather than genuine creative thinking.

Ok, this sounds incredible. But what’s the catch? How much does it cost?

What are the pricing plans for ChatGPT?

OpenAI offers both free and paid pricing plans for ChatGPT. The paid plans, often referred to as subscription plans, provide enhanced usage limits, faster response times, and other benefits.

For the paid plans, ChatGPT charges around $0.03-S0.12 for every 1000 Tokens (depending on the plan). NotionAI defines these Tokens as pieces of words. A token is the smallest unit of text that the model reads. It can represent a single character, a word, or even a part of a word, depending on the language and the specific tokenization method used. 1,000 tokens are about 750 words.

For example, consider the sentence: “ChatGPT is amazing!”

When tokenized, this sentence might be split into the following tokens:

  1. “Chat”
  2. “G”
  3. “PT”
  4. ” is”
  5. ” amazing”
  6. “!”

As you can see, each word and even some parts of words have been tokenized into separate units. The model processes and generates text token by token, predicting what the next token should be based on the context provided by the preceding tokens.

It’s important to note that tokens are not necessarily equivalent to words in a traditional linguistic sense. In some cases, a single word might be split into multiple tokens, and conversely, multiple words might be combined into a single token. This tokenization process helps the model efficiently handle and understand text of varying lengths and complexities.

It is important you monitor your usage regularly so you don’t end up spending your tokens all at once.

So now that we’ve covered the basics…

What can I use ChatGPT for?

ChatGPT has found a wide range of applications across various domains due to its ability to generate human-like text and engage in natural conversations. Some popular uses for ChatGPT include:

  1. Content Generation: ChatGPT can assist in creating blog posts, articles, social media content, product descriptions, and more. It helps generate coherent and relevant text on a given topic.
  2. Copywriting: Businesses use ChatGPT to draft ad copy, marketing materials, slogans, and promotional content that resonates with their target audience.
  3. Customer Support: ChatGPT can provide automated customer support by answering frequently asked questions, troubleshooting issues, and guiding users through processes.
  4. Idea Brainstorming: ChatGPT helps users brainstorm ideas for creative projects, business strategies, product names, and innovative concepts.
  5. Programming Help: Developers use ChatGPT to get code-related explanations, debugging assistance, and suggestions for solving coding challenges.
  6. Language Translation: While not a dedicated translation tool, ChatGPT can provide rough translations for short sentences or phrases.
  7. Learning Aid: ChatGPT can explain complex concepts in simple terms, help with studying, provide summaries of articles, and answer academic queries.
  8. Writing Improvement: Writers and students use ChatGPT to get feedback on their writing style, grammar, and structure, helping them improve their skills.
  9. Personal Assistant: ChatGPT can serve as a virtual assistant, setting reminders, scheduling appointments, and providing information on various topics.
  10. Interactive Entertainment: ChatGPT is used to create interactive and engaging stories, games, and role-playing experiences.
  11. Prototyping: Designers and developers use ChatGPT to prototype conversational interfaces and user experiences.
  12. Data Entry and Management: ChatGPT can assist in data entry, form filling, and organizing information in a structured manner.

It’s important to note that while ChatGPT is versatile, it may not be equally proficient in all these applications and might require specific fine-tuning or additional tools to achieve optimal performance for certain use cases.

Additionally, ethical considerations and content review are important when using ChatGPT, especially in applications involving sensitive information or critical decisions.

Anything else I should know about ChatGPT?

The current version of ChatGPT is ChatGPT-4. However, ChatGPT-5 has been announced! While we don’t have a specific release date for this version, there have been various rumors and speculation on what’s coming next. We don’t expect it to come out soon but what can we look forward to?

  • Better language understanding and improved contextual understanding
  • Personalized responses
  • A bigger knowledge base
  • Faster response times
  • Less inaccurate answers
  • Improved calculations, codes and models
  • Continual learning and adaptability


We love ChatGPT. It has been an incredible tool that has helped us solve various tasks. However, there is still much to know and learn about its true potential. We are very excited to see what else ChatGPT can help us out with.

However, this is not a miracle that can solve all our problems. We strongly recommend always reviewing the information it gives us since in some cases, it can provide incorrect or incomplete answers. It is best to be mindful when using ChatGPT.

Additionally, its database hasn’t been updated since 2021 so it might not provide any up-to-date responses on some issues. So keep this in mind.

What are your thoughts on ChatGPT? What do you use it for? Let us know in the comments below!