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Blogging with ChatGPT

Posted on:January 31, 2023 at 12:30 PM
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This site is a bit empty with the single post from the beginning of 2020. I’ve heard that ChatGPT can help with suggesting and outlining content and that’s something I could use right now.

First, an obligatory intro to ChatGPT because I have a few questions.

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What is ChatGPT?

Chat Generative Pre-Trained Transformer,[1] commonly called ChatGPT, is a chatbot launched by OpenAI in November 2022. It is built on top of OpenAI’s GPT-3 family of large language models, and is fine-tuned (an approach to transfer learning)[2] with both supervised and reinforcement learning techniques.

Prompt: Now, how do you take my input and parse it through your neurons to generate a response?

When you input a question or text to me, it goes through a process called “inference” which is essentially using the pre-trained model (the neurons, layers, etc that we talked about earlier) to generate a response. The input text is first preprocessed, which includes tasks such as tokenization, lowercasing, and removing any special characters. Then, each token is converted into a numerical representation, known as a “feature vector.” This is done by looking up the token in a pre-trained embedding matrix, which maps each token to a high-dimensional vector that captures its meaning. The preprocessed input is then passed through the neural network, layer by layer. Each layer performs calculations on the input, and the output of one layer is passed as input to the next layer. The final output of the neural network is a probability distribution over all possible responses. The highest probability response is then selected as the final output. It’s important to note that the neural network is trained on a large dataset of text, so it has learned to make predictions based on patterns and relationships it has seen in the training data. This is why the generated response may not always be perfect, but it is based on patterns in the data it has seen during training.

Who owns it?

OpenAI, but Microsoft is investing ~$10 billion for an eventual 49% stake.

Who own it’s production?

Kinda hard to get a concrete answer on this, but I would imagine the company who trained/owns the model get to lay claim to ownership of it’s output.

What are it’s limitations?


  • ChatGPT sometimes writes plausible-sounding but incorrect or nonsensical answers. Fixing this issue is challenging, as: (1) during RL training, there’s currently no source of truth; (2) training the model to be more cautious causes it to decline questions that it can answer correctly; and (3) supervised training misleads the model because the ideal answer depends on what the model knows, rather than what the human demonstrator knows.
  • ChatGPT is sensitive to tweaks to the input phrasing or attempting the same prompt multiple times. For example, given one phrasing of a question, the model can claim to not know the answer, but given a slight rephrase, can answer correctly.
  • The model is often excessively verbose and overuses certain phrases, such as restating that it’s a language model trained by OpenAI. These issues arise from biases in the training data (trainers prefer longer answers that look more comprehensive) and well-known over-optimization issues.12
  • Ideally, the model would ask clarifying questions when the user provided an ambiguous query. Instead, our current models usually guess what the user intended.
  • While we’ve made efforts to make the model refuse inappropriate requests, it will sometimes respond to harmful instructions or exhibit biased behavior. We’re using the Moderation API to warn or block certain types of unsafe content, but we expect it to have some false negatives and positives for now. We’re eager to collect user feedback to aid our ongoing work to improve this system.

Is it the only one?

No, but it’s the trendiest currently.

What are the alternatives?

Can I run one?

Prompt: Can I run my own version of you on my own infra

Yes, it is possible to run your own version of a language model like ChatGPT on your own infrastructure. However, it requires significant resources in terms of computational power and storage. Additionally, training a language model from scratch requires a large amount of labeled data, as well as expertise in machine learning and natural language processing. If you’re looking to use a pre-trained model, such as ChatGPT, OpenAI offers an API that allows you to make requests to the model without having to run it on your own infrastructure. This can be a more cost-effective and efficient solution.

The Ideas

First batch

Prompt: I need some ideas for blog posts.

Second batch

Prompt: No no no. None of that basic stuff. And more related to software engineering. I’m trying to get a job and build an online presence. In order to do that I have to establish myself as an authority or at least knowledgeable in the tools that I want to work with.

Third Batch

Prompt: No tips, no guides. I just want to speak on my experience right now. Maybe later we can come back to the guides, tutorials, and the like.

Fourth Batch

Prompt: try some more, less preachy

Fifth Batch

Prompt: Even less preachy, stay away from trends


ChatGPT is really fun. I get some of the hype. It’s not always 100% accurate but that’s been known and seems to be a limitation to LLM’s themselves. It still does a nice job of generating ideas and getting thoughts flowing and it excels at outlining, revising, and extracting patterns in my experience, but in the process it’ll be happy to tell you something that just doesn’t exist.

Next, I want it to help me write my resume, I think it’ll be good for that. Or maybe try this same expirement with Jasper.AI instead.