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Exploring the power of ChatGPT : applications, techniques, and implications
Sarrion E., Apress, New York, NY, 2023. 215 pp. Type: Book (1484295285)
Date Reviewed: Mar 14 2024

The enormous power of ChatGPT lies in its ability to generate coherent and contextually relevant responses to user prompts and to engage in conversational interactions. It can understand and generate human-like text in a way that feels natural and coherent. To explore the power of ChatGPT, a user can interact with it through DeepAI’s application programming interface (API) or website: users provide a prompt or message to the model and then get a generated message response. By engaging in conversation with ChatGPT, it is possible to explore its capabilities in various domains and topics, ask questions, seek explanations, or even have it generate creative content.

On the other hand, it is important to note that ChatGPT has some still unexplored technical limitations. As a result, it sometimes produces incorrect or nonsensical answers, is sensitive to minor changes in the prompt’s phrasing, can be excessively verbose or overly conservative, and may not ask clarifying questions in ambiguous situations. It may not always provide reliable or accurate information and should not be treated as an authoritative source. While generating references, it can produce nonexisting ones. DeepAI is actively working to improve these limitations and encourages user feedback to help in that process. By exploring and interacting with ChatGPT, users can get a sense of the system’s strengths and weaknesses, help identify potential biases, and contribute to improving its performance and understanding its boundaries.

Generally, this book covers all topics related to ChatGPT, both its strengths and limitations, but it also focuses on potential implementations. From a close reading, my impression is that the book assumes that any new technology is for man, not against him, but what matters most is to learn to use new technologies wisely, otherwise any innovation wouldn’t make sense.

The table of contents is organized into thematic parts: an introduction to ChatGPT technical functionalities; training and development techniques; ethical issues, including regulations and standards; practical examples of potential usage, like learning a foreign language, text translation, business implementations, recruitment, code generation for computer programming, and creating artistic content; and finally future trends and final conclusions. Overall, this book is highly recommended to every user of ChatGPT, which has totally revolutionized life.

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Reviewer:  Jolanta Mizera-Pietraszko Review #: CR147727
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