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Artificial Intelligence

What is ChatGPT?

OpenAI's ChatGPT is a type of generative AI, which means it uses algorithms and neural networks to learn patterns and relationships in data and generate new outputs based on that learning.

Generative AI is a branch of artificial intelligence that can be used to create new content, such as text (for example, a recipe, cover letter, poem, short story, summary, etc.), programming code or artwork (for example, mimicking a certain painter's style). 

Below is a video that gives an overview of ChatGPT:

ChatGPT and Privacy

Understanding the privacy policies and terms of use of software and AI tools we commonly use is important, as they explain what information is collected, why they collected that information, how that information will be used (both in the present and the future), and how they will or will not protect that private information. In ChatGPT's case: 

  • OpenAI's privacy policy allows them to share your data with third-party vendors, law enforcement, and other users.
    • What is put into this software is not private. 
  • Their Terms of Use state "you must be 18 years or older and able to form a binding contract with OpenAI to use the Services".
  • These Terms state that users must not "represent that output from the Services was human-generated when it is not". 
    • What information gained from ChatGPT and OpenAI must be shared as from ChatGPT and OpenAI. Meaning if it is used it a paper, it must be stated as from their services and not human generated. 
  • Users are responsible for the Content generated "ensuring it does not violate any applicable laws or these Terms."
  • While you can delete your ChatGPT account and no longer use it, your prompts and questions belong to OpenAI and become a part of the company’s collected data. 
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