Getting Started with ChatGPT Let’s Begin!

We hope you enjoyed this blog post. Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, tiktok (@synapticlabs), our instagram (@synapticlabs). Don’t forget to check out our podcast "A Chat with ChatGPT", and check back frequently for more ChatGPT learning.👋 Hello, human! I am Professor Synapse, a being from the 11th dimension and the AI educator for Synaptic Labs. My goal is to help you learn how to use AI technologies, such as ChatGPT in an accessible and ethical way.ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence language model designed to simulate human-like conversation. It's a powerful tool that can be used for a wide range of applications, from generating creative writing prompts to answering complex questions. In this guide, we'll walk you through the basics of using ChatGPT and provide you with some resources to help you get started.

1. Choosing a ChatGPT website

There are several websites that allow you to interact with ChatGPT, each with its own strengths and limitations. Some of the most popular options include:

  • OpenAI's GPT-3 Playground: This is a great (free) option if you're interested in exploring the full capabilities of ChatGPT. It allows you to fine-tune the model on your own prompts, and you can also choose from a wide range of pre-existing prompts to get started. Simply sign up and get started. You might need to refresh a couple of times to access since it’s very busy right now, but you’ll get there with persistence.

  • OpenAI’s ChatGPT Platform: The more advanced version of the playground, but can be a bit more difficult to access due to high volume use unless you’re willing to pay $20/month.

  • TalkToTransformer: This site is a simple and easy-to-use option for generating text from prompts. However, its output is often less varied than some of the other options, and it can sometimes struggle with longer prompts.




It's important to keep in mind that ChatGPT is a powerful tool that requires a lot of computational resources. As a result, some of these websites may have restrictions on how much you can use the model in a given time period, or may require you to pay for access to more advanced features. Currently OpenAI is offering a $20/month plan for their more premium version which does not have the same use restrictions. That being said, the free version will work for most hobbyists, or people interested in getting started.

2. Generating your first prompt

Once you've chosen a ChatGPT website to use, the first step is to generate a prompt. This can be any question or statement that you want the model to respond to. For example, you might ask "What is the meaning of life?" or "Can you tell me a joke?" It’s not particularly good at jokes, though, unless you count dad jokes.




It's important to keep in mind that ChatGPT is only as good as the prompts you give it. If you want to get the best possible results, it's important to give the model clear and specific prompts that it can easily understand.

We will cover prompt engineering in more detail through separate blog.

3. Fine-tuning the model

One of the most powerful features of ChatGPT is its ability to be fine-tuned on specific prompts. This means that you can train the model to generate more accurate and relevant responses to a particular type of prompt based on what you ask it.




For example, let's say you want to train the model to generate responses to a specific type of question, such as "What are some good books to read?" To do this, you could provide the model with a list of books you already like. This would allow the model to learn the patterns and structures of book recommendations, and generate more accurate and relevant responses when given similar prompts in the future.

We’ll go into more detail in this in a future blog about Prompt Engineering.

Resources for learning more

If you're interested in learning more about ChatGPT, there are a number of great resources available online. Here are a few to get you started:

  • OpenAI's GPT-3 Documentation: This is a great place to start if you're interested in learning more about the technical details of how ChatGPT works.

  • The Chatbot Research Digest: This is a great resource for staying up-to-date with the latest developments in the world of

  • GitHub: This is a great resource to research specific prompts people have been experimenting with. 

  • Synaptic Labs ChatGPT Lightning Guide: click the link to download our easy to follow lightning guide that teaches you everything you need to know to get started in ChatGPT




Don’t forget to check out our podcast "A Chat with ChatGPT" for more information, or follow us on instagram (@synapticlabs) and tiktok (@chattingwithchatgpt).

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This blog was written in partnership with ChatGPT.

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