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ChatGPT and Other AI Tools: A Guide for Faculty

This guide provides an introduction to ChatGPT. It includes a list of readings, podcasts, and other informational sources on ChatGPT and AI. The guide includes ideas for using ChatGPT as a pedagogical tool and strategies for creating assignments

What is ChatGPT? The BBC Science Focus describes ChatGPT as a "language processing AI model. This simply means it is a program able to understand human language as it is spoken and written, allowing to understand the worded information it is fed, and what to spit back out."

What are ChatGPT's limitations? It can understand spoken or written language, but it can’t produce video, sound, or images. Additionally, since it relies on its input to generate responses, ChatGPT can have trouble with more recent (1 year or less) events, issues, or topics. (Source: BBC Science Focus)

Who developed ChatGPT? The company Open AI created ChatGPT. Originally a non-profit, Open AI moved to for-profit status in 2019, Its major investors include Microsoft, Reid Hoffman’s charitable foundation, and Khosla Ventures.

Where does ChatGPT get the input from which it constructs its answers? ChatGPT is predictive and was "trained" using internet data. That input included information freely available on the internet, including books, articles, blog posts, and other freely available content such as code and reddit discussions (Source: Search Engine Journal)

How can I use ChatGPT? You will need to create an account to use ChatGPT. You will need to provide a cellphone number that accepts text messages in order to receive a verification code to complete your account set-up. Use this link to Create a ChatGPT account

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