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Module 2. Using ChatGPT

ChatGPT is the most famous chatbot due to its making headlines when its inventor OpenAI, funded by Microsoft, released ChatGPT to the public on November 30, 2022. To use ChatGPT, you go here:

If you do not yet have a ChatGPT login, you can follow the onscreen instructions to create your account. After you get logged in, ChatGPT will display a field in which you type a message telling ChatGPT what you want. This message is called a prompt. As you will discover, having a productive experience with ChatGPT relies upon your learning how to write an effective prompt. The art of creating effective prompts is called prompt engineering. In the following example, a job applicant is asking ChatGPT to draft them a letter applying for a job. As this example proceeds, notice how the applicant can give ChatGPT the job description for use in generating a letter aimed at applying for this specific job:

With practice you will learn how to personalize your ChatGPT experience by customizing its responses and adjusting its tone. However there are certain topics that ChatGPT will refuse to discuss, as explained here:

At the end of the following article about how to use ChatGPT is an FAQ consisting of frequently asked questions. Scroll down the following page for information about some of the finer points about ChatGPT and how it compares to some of its competitors:

If you keep the ChatGPT history option turned on, ChatGPT will remember your conversations. Scroll down the following article to learn how to manage your chat history:

Letting ChatGPT remember your conversation enables ChatGPT to glean context from what you've previously asked and use that to inform the rest of its conversation with you. When you ask for corrections or reworks, ChatGPT will refer back to what you were discussing before. Thus, interacting with ChatGPT feels like a conversation.