ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence language model that can engage in conversational interactions and provide responses to a wide range of queries. Developed by OpenAI and released in November, 2022, ChatGPT has been used by millions of students, researchers, and others seeking information on various topics, although it is not intended to be used as a scholarly research tool.
Essentially a text generator, ChatGPT was trained to simulate human writing. Its algorithm uses probability to decide what word might come next in a string. So, although its answers may sound plausible, the information generated cannot be relied upon to be accurate.1
Check out ChatGPT for help with brainstorming a topic or organizing your writing, but be aware of the risks of outdated, inaccurate, and biased content.
ChatGPT was not designed to help with diagnosis or treatment decisions or to conduct scholarly research. Although some types of AI were trained to perform diagnostic tasks (e.g. GI Genius), or to summarize scholarly research (e.g. Elicit), ChatGPT was specifically designed to mimic human communication. Also, do not expect a legitimate bibliography of references, as this AI will often provide citations that don’t exist! 2