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Artificial Intelligence

What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is large language model tool that uses artificial intelligence (more specifically, natural language processing), to answer user-generated prompts. It was developed by OpenAI using the GPT 3.5 (Generative Pre-Trained Transformer) and is currently available for public use.


ChatGPT is not connected to the internet and does not function like a search engine. It was trained on a massive dataset that was collected prior to 2021 and so it cannot source answers to questions after that date. There are some browser extensions that offer a way around this.

ChatGPT can only provide textual responses, unlike other bots or virtual assistants it does not link out to the internet, show images or videos, or provide any non-textual media.

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.

ChatGPT in education and libraries

ChatGPT browser extensions and apps

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