Practical Uses for AI Chatbots in Your Daily Life
This is an introductory look at practical uses for AI Chatbots in your daily life with examples. We’re not going into programming or anything technical. This is an informational post for those who might be wondering, ‘What is all this talk about AI talk and how can I use it?’.
I asked an AI chatbot to come up with a simple and short answer to the question 'What is AI?'. Here is the response:
AI, or Artificial Intelligence, is like giving computers the ability to learn and think on their own, so they can do smart things, like understanding speech, recognizing pictures, and making helpful suggestions. [generated by ChatGTP 3.5]
There are multiple types of AI in use, but for the sake of this article, we’re going to focus on just text-based (Generative AI). If you can type a sentence you can use these tools.
How is it different than search?
I had created the content for this paragraph, but then I thought, why not use AI to describe the distinction between a web search and an AI chatbot interaction? Here is the answer which sums it up quite nicely:
In a nutshell, web search points you to web pages with information, while chat-based AI interacts with you like a conversation partner and provides direct answers or explanations in text form.
- When you use a web search engine like Google, you type in a question or keywords.
- The search engine looks through the internet and finds web pages that match those keywords.
- It gives you a list of web pages that might have the information you need.
- You have to click on these links to read and find your answer.
**GPT AI Interaction**:
- With GPT AI, you also ask questions or give it a prompt, but it's like talking to a smart computer.
- Instead of just showing web links, the AI generates a human-like response or answer in plain language.
- It tries to understand your question and gives you a direct answer or explanation, like you're having a conversation with it.
- You don't have to click on links; you get the information right away in a text response.
[generated by ChatGTP 3.5]
How do I get there?
As of this writing, these are the most common AI text chatbot tools, at least the ones that I most frequently use.
These are the tools that will generate text responses in a conversational thread to your text input.
Chat GTP: https://chat.openai.com/
Currently, chat GPT version 3.5 is free. There is a version 4 available for $20 a month. I use the free version because it meets my needs. Just create an account to gain access. Account creation is a quick and simple process.
* Platform Note: Chat GTP 3.5 is not connected to the internet and the data set it was trained on ends in September 2021, so the system does not have knowledge of or access to events or information that occurred after that date.
Claude AI: https://claude.ai/login
Currently, Claude AI is in open beta, and usage of the platform may be limited for unpaid users. Basically, the number of questions or interactions you can do will likely be limited and if the system is experiencing a heavy load, paid users will get priority and you may have to come back later.
* Platform Note: Caude AI is connected to the internet and the most recent date of system knowledge is the current date.
Bard AI: https://bard.google.com
Bard is Google’s AI chatbot. Google refers to Bard as,’ Google's creative collaborator that helps you get started on projects and ideas.”
* Platform Note: Bard AI is connected to the internet and the most recent date of system knowledge is the current date.
As of May 4, 2023, Microsoft has made its GPT-4-powered Bing Chat available for anyone to try with a Microsoft account.
* Platform Note: Bing AI is connected to the internet and the most recent date of system knowledge is the current date.
Text to Image Tools:
These are tools that will generate images from your text input. There are numerous image-generating tools out there and we won't cover them in this article, but in my opinion, these two are eth easiest to use.
DALL·E 2 is an AI system that can create realistic images and art from a description in natural language. You have a limited amount of free image generations per month but can purchase more if you run out or just wait until your account reloads.
Bing AI also generates images. As of May 4, 2023, Microsoft has made its GPT-4-powered Bing Chat available for anyone to try with a Microsoft account.
I’m there, now what can I do?
So, let’s start with Chat GTP [ https://chat.openai.com/ ]. Once you’ve created your account and logged in you’ll see a message box at the bottom of your screen. If you have something specific you want to know go ahead and type it in and hit enter.
Or you can use my example, a Salmon Recipe.
My wife and I love to cook and are always on the lookout for something new to make. If you do a Google search for Asain influenced Salmon recipe you’ll get about 110,00 results. You know most, if not all of those results are cooking blogs or sites that commonly are inundated with ads and pop-ups in addition to more irrelevant information that I don't care about, such as the history of beef or the origination of this type of dish. I don't care! just get to the recipe.
So, type this in Chat GTP and hit enter: Give me an Asian-influenced salmon recipe. Now instead of over 100,000 recipes, you have 1. And here is where it gets interesting. AI remembers your conversation. As I look through the recipe, I could type something like, ‘I don’t have rice vinegar, what else can I use?’. Chat GTP returns 4 alternatives to Rice wine vinegar. You can continue the conversation around the recipe until you arrive at something that suits you.
When you’re ready to start a new conversation, click New Chat in the upper right corner. You can always jump back into your recipe chat at any point in the future and pick up where you left off in the conversation.
Other things you can ask:
My text: Help me create a playlist of high-energy 80s and 90s hip hop that I can use as a workout playlist.
This returned a list of 25 songs, I revised my request with the statement below. (The messages or requests you type in are called prompts).
Prompt: Help me create a playlist of high-energy 80s and 90s hip hop that I can use as a workout playlist. My workout averages 1 hour a day 6 days a week so I need a lot of music to minimize repetition. This returned a list of 40 songs.
Other things you can explore. In the chat message window on these applications, you can type and /or paste quite a bit of text.
Context: Job Searching. You can paste your current resume in and ask AI to provide insights, polish it, or revise it for a specific job.
Prompt for Resume Improvement: Below is my resume. Please point out what I can do to polish it making it more professional and authoritative.
My resume: ( paste your resume text here)
Prompt for Resume Polish: Below is my resume. Please help me polish it so I have an impactful resume.
My resume: ( paste your resume text here)
Prompt for Specific Job Resume: I am applying for (job title ) at (company name). Please help me revise my resume for the job description below
My resume: ( paste your resume text here)
Job Description: (paste job description here)
Context: Summarize. Summarize a large article you read (or didn't read but you need the details).
Prompt: Summarize this article into main ideas and sub-points.
Article: (paste article here)
Context: Learning: Learn more about a specific topic.
Prompt: Summarize the key points of (topic name).
Context: Writing help. If you need an outline for a blog post or slide deck or paper.
Prompt: Help me create an outline for a (document type) on the topic of (topic name).
The results you receive.
AI is not always accurate and it is trained on existing data. Review your results carefully. AI-generated data may not always be authentic or trustworthy, as it can be manipulated or biased.
AI algorithms can inherit biases present in their training data, leading to biased AI-generated data.
The quality and accuracy of AI-generated data can vary, depending on the AI model and training data used.
The use of AI-generated data may have legal and regulatory implications that vary by jurisdiction.
The data you enter
The data you enter might be used to train AI models, which can impact the AI's behavior and generalization.
In general, anything you don’t want to become part of a data set accessible to everyone using the specific AI tool should not be entered. Think intellectual property, formulas, codes, or anything along that line.
Your entered data may be shared with third parties.
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