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ChatGPT, OpenAI’s newest (and most famous) endeavor has been on many of us’ minds in recent weeks, including Google, Microsoft, and Meta. Whether people use it to ask funny questions, to see how well it creates content, or to find and correct a bug in code, one thing is clear: its genius isn’t in how innovative the idea is, but in how well-developed and natural it feels.

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The language processing tool can perform conversational text interactions with users through the use of artificial intelligence. It can answer questions (a feature that may eventually challenge search engines), generate text from prose to code, perform calculations, translate information, and more.

How to use ChatGPT

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Even if OpenAI is constantly improving ChatGPT, keep in mind that it can give false information, because AI is not without its flaws, and there is no substitute for human interaction or verified sources of information.

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Go to and sign up for an account via email. You need to create an account to log in and interact with ChatGPT.

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Creating an account on OpenAI gives you access to ChatGPT.

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Once you are logged into your OpenAI account, read the Terms and Disclosure from ChatGPT and click next one.

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That’s it.

Now is the time to start using ChatGPT and ask any burning questions you may have and see what kind of answers you can get.

Start writing to use ChatGPT.

Start writing to use ChatGPT.

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More examples of ChatGPT prompts

  • What is quantum physics?
  • Write a poem about headaches in the style of Walt Whitman
  • Make up a sad song about a puppy who wants to be pink
  • Pride and prejudice book summary

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How do I access ChatGPT?

You can access ChatGPT by going to and logging in. If you are on the OpenAI website, you can log into your account, scroll down until you see ChatGTP in the lower left corner of the page, and click on it to start chatting.

Can I use ChatGPT for free?

Yes, ChatGPT is free to use – for now. Since it is still in the “learning” stage, people can use ChatGPT for free. All you need is a free OpenAI account. However, the company is planning a paid plan in the future, but there is no word on when that will be yet.

How to sign up for ChatGPT?

To sign up for ChatGPT, all you have to do is sign up for a free OpenAI account using your email address.

What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is a learning model that uses artificial intelligence to have text conversations with users that can feel natural, as if you were asking someone questions. Human-like responses are useful when translating from one language to another, looking for instructions on how to do something, and generating text.

How does ChatGPT work?

ChatGPT uses Reinforcement Learning with Human Feedback (RLHF) to intelligently manipulate its environment using human demonstrations and adapt to different situations with learned desired behaviors. It has been trained on a large amount of data, which makes it capable of providing informed answers on a variety of topics.

Does ChatGPT give wrong answers?

ChatGPT can provide inaccurate and incorrect information, so it is important to double check the information it gives you. It is always learning from the textual data that is provided, which can make it vulnerable to misinformation. OpenAI recommends that users provide feedback on what ChatGPT is telling them using the thumbs up/down buttons, in order to better optimize the form.

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It is also offline and unable to determine the current date, so asking ChatGPT how many days until Easter will not give you an exact number of days.

Why does ChatGPT say my access is denied?

If you get a message when logging in that your access is denied, it could be one of these issues

  • Violation of the API Terms of Service
  • The user is trying to access an inaccessible version of GPT
  • The API key may be invalid
  • User exceeded usage limits
  • Violation of the OpenAI API Terms of Service

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