The best way to start using a chatbot is to dive in and try things out.
As the field of generative artificial intelligence (AI) heats up, consumer-facing chatbots answer questions about business strategy, design study guides for math class, offer advice on salary negotiation, and even write wedding vows.
OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Google’s Bard, Microsoft’s Bing, and Anthropic’s Claude are some of the leading chatbots today, but over the next year, you’ll likely see more emerge.
These types of chatbots are built on top of large language models, or LLM, a machine learning tool that uses vast amounts of data from the Internet to recognize patterns and generate human-sounding language. If you’re a beginner, many of the sources agree that the best way to start using a chatbot is to dive in and try things out.
“People spend too much time trying to find the perfect message – 80% just use it interactively,” says Ethan Mollick, an associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania who studies the effects of AI at work. and the education.
Here are some tips from the pros:
Be aware of data privacy.
When you use a chatbot like ChatGPT or Bard, the information you input—what you type, what you get back, and what changes you request—can be used to train future models. OpenAI says as much in its terms. Although some companies offer ways to opt out (OpenAI allows this under “data controls” in ChatGPT settings), it’s still best to refrain from sharing sensitive or private data in chatbot conversations, especially while companies are still honing their privacy measures. For example, a ChatGPT bug in March allowed users to briefly view parts of each other’s chat histories.
To get the best possible return on your time, give the chatbot context about how it should act in this scenario and who it is serving with this information. For example, you can write the person you want to take over the chatbot in this scenario: “You are a [comerciante, maestro, filósofo, etc.]”. You can also add context like: “I am a [cliente, estudiante, principiante, etc.]”. This could save time by directly telling the chatbot what kind of role to take on and what “lens” to pass the information on in a way that is useful to you.
Let the chatbot do all the work
Sometimes the best way to get what you want is to ask the chatbot for advice, whether it’s asking about what’s possible as a user or the best way to compose your message.
You can also game the system by asking something like “What is the best way to ask you for help writing a shopping list?” or even give the chatbot a job of writing ads, like, “Your job is to generate the best and most efficient ads for ChatGPT. Generate a list of the best prompts to ask ChatGPT for healthy one-pot dinner recipes.”
Ask for help with brainstorming
Whether you’re looking for vacation destinations, date ideas, poetry messages, or content strategies to go viral on social media, many people use chatbots as a starting point for brainstorming sessions.
“Most importantly…what I find them useful for is to inspire me as a user and help me learn things that I wouldn’t necessarily have thought of on my own,” says Josh Albrecht, CTO of Generally Smart, an AI research startup. . “Maybe that’s why they’re called generative AI: they’re really useful in the generative part, the brainstorming.”
Create a crash course
Let’s say you’re trying to learn about geometry and you consider yourself a beginner. He could start his studies by asking a chatbot something like: “Explain the basics of geometry as if he were a beginner” or “Explain the Pythagorean theorem as if he were a five-year-old”.
If you’re looking for something more expansive, you can ask a chatbot to create a “crash course” for you, specifying how much time you have (three days, a week, a month) or how many hours you’d like. spend learning the new skill. You can write something like “I am a beginner who wants to learn to skateboard. Create a two-week plan for how I can learn to skateboard and kickflip.”
To expand your learning plan beyond the chatbot, you can also request a list of the most important books on a topic, some of the most influential people in the field, and any other resources that can help you improve your skill set.
Don’t be afraid to give notes and ask for changes.
Sometimes you won’t choose the perfect ad, or the chatbot won’t generate the result you were looking for, and that’s okay. You can still make adjustments to make the information more useful, such as asking follow-up questions like “Can you make it sound less generic?” or “Can you make the first paragraph more interesting?” or even restate your original question in a different way.
Experiment and try different approaches
Whether you’re requesting a chatbot to generate an action item list from a meeting transcript or translate something from English to Tagalog, there is an untold variety of use cases for generative AI. So when using a chatbot, it’s worth thinking about the things you want to learn or need help with and experimenting with how well the system can deliver.
With information from CNBC