I’m sure that by now we have all used, or at least heard of, ChatGPT. Since its release in late November, 2022, Open AI’s ChatGPT has taken over the internet. Various new products built upon the GPT-3 technology have emerged in the past few weeks, and people have already found ways to use it to their advantage in their daily lives. As a matter of fact, New York City has banned the use of the tool, since students can use it to do their school assignments in seconds.
Regardless, based on what we see on the internet and on a poll we did at HelloGuru on LinkedIn, most people use Chat GPT for fun, as entertainment. That’s absolutely fine. In the end, what’s life without a little fun, and to be fair, ChatGPT is hilarious when you ask it to create jokes and even song lyrics about anything.
However, there are some things you can do with GPT-3 that actually serve a useful purpose in the personal and professional context. These are the ones we recommend:
Debug and Assist with Code
Before we dive into this one, I will say that by no means I’m going to say that code written by ChatGPT replaces that made by developers. I think we’re still a long way from that. Plus, code written entirely by ChatGPT is far from perfect.
Nonetheless, ChatGPT can definitely help with writing code. It is capable enough to give you the base of something you’d like to build, and it can find errors when you’re struggling to find them. For instance, it can assist as a teaching tool who’s still in the early stages of learning to program something. Take a simple js. script for a Rock, Paper, Scissors video game, which is a good starting point.
It’s quite fascinating, and it gets better. One thing ChatGPT has proved to be very useful for is for SQL queries, from suggesting functions to finding syntax errors in code.
These are only two examples of how ChatGPT can assist in writing and debugging code. It’s nothing short of fascinating to see the stage to where we’ve arrived. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of videos on youtube showing how people built entire websites with the help of ChatGPT.
Explain Complex Topics
As we mentioned in our introduction, people enjoy playing with ChatGPT’s ability to write things in a particular style. Why not use this to your advantage?
There are a number of complex topics that are hard to explain and understand. Take Quantum Computing as an example. It’s all over the news, and it might be one of the defining tech trends of 2023. We all talk about it, but honestly, can you explain it clearly?
ChatGPT is amazing at illustrating these kind of topics, since you can ask it to explain it for dummies, or for a five year old.
Write Emails and Newsletters
Marketers should really take advantage of this one. You can use ChatGPT to help you with marketing emails and weekly newsletters. Now, I didn’t say that you should leave ChatGPT all the work, no. You still have to put in the effort.
If you are writing a lot every day, and the content is transactional, ChatGPT can definitely speed up the process. For instance, if you’re simply writing an invite to a webinar you’re holding, why not ask ChatGPT to help you with it, rather than using the same template over and over again. it becomes kind of repetitive and annoying at a certain point. Generative AI can give it an innovative twist that might surprise you.
Another good way of using it is asking it to proofread your emails and give you suggestions. ChatGPT is quite smart at pointing out things that might have been left unclear or have grammar mistakes.
Ask for Nutritional Values
The Health and Fitness world is full of questions. How much should I work out? What should I eat? There are unlimited questions depending on what a person’s goals are. One of the things that troubles people the most is calorie and macros consumption. People who are on a strict plan, or who are simply passionate about the subject, like to track these daily. For instance, they like to know how much protein and how many carbs they are consuming in a particular meal.
Nutritional values for food are transparent, and you can find them at the back of the food packaging. If you throw away the package, there is always the possibility of googling the item and finding out the nutritional values. The caveat here is you must google every single item and then add the macros yourself. Not hard, but still requires some work.
Nonetheless, ChatGPT makes this even easier. Instead of having to add every single item one by one you can tell ChatGPT everything you ate that day. The chat will give you an estimate of calories and macros based on the info you provide. Needless to say, don’t take this as gospel, since even for AI it’s hard to know exactly, but it can give you a good ballpark estimate for you to track your calorie intake and macros.
As a Search Engine
Will this be the end of search engines as we know them? Honestly, don’t know and it’s hard to tell? For now, ChatGPT cannot search the web which still make search engines very relevant, but that could change soon as more people release new products.
Nonetheless, ChatGPT is great at finding quick and summarized information. Search engines give you a vast amount of information for you to do your research, but that might actually be the problem. With too much information you can suffer from the paradox of choice and looking for a simple piece of information can seem overwhelming. ChatGPT can provide you with simple recommendations of content and much more.
These are just some examples of how you can start using ChatGPT to help you both in a personal and professional context. As time passes, I'm sure a lot more use cases will emerge, that could potentially change the way we do things forever.
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