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The Ultimate ChatGPT FAQ: Everything you need to know about Chat GPT 

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has taken major leaps forward recently, and ChatGPT has been in everyone’s conversation. Developed by OpenAI, this robust language model and AI tool has transformed how we interact with technology.

However, setting up your OpenAI account doesn’t mean you know how to use ChatGPT. That’s why this ChatGPT FAQ guide is here to provide comprehensive answers, addressing all aspects of ChatGPT.

What is ChatGPT jailbreak?

In the domain of AI, the concept of “jailbreaking” refers to attempting to bypass or alter the predefined restrictions placed on a system or model. Jailbreaking in software or hardware would unlock new features and allow users to avoid paying for the software or using pirated games/software on the hardware.

Of course, jailbreaking is unethical and could get you banned from ChatGPT. AI has limits for the sake of the safety of everyone, and trying to bypass them is not the right thing to do. Jailbreaking can be like lurking in the dark web. You’re not really sure how it works, who to trust, and if the website you’re on can be trusted.

Stay away from people telling you they can jailbreak ChatGPT or unlock it. And, of course, don’t use any jailbreak prompt in ChatGPT, as it could get you banned.

What is the ChatGPT sandbox?

The GPT Sandbox is like a well-defined playground where ChatGPT operates. This controlled environment sets the limits within which the AI system produces its responses. A sandbox is usually used to test features, see how things are running, and get feedback on the software. It’s like a giant bubble where things are still safe even if you press the button that says “Do not press”. 

The sandbox for ChatGPT is called OpenAI Playground, and it’s accessible for free here: platform.openai.com/playground/.

The Playground is very interesting. You can change many settings to experiment with ChatGPT and have a different experience than the “usual” ChatGPT.

You can enter the sandbox Playground with the same login details as ChatGPT and don’t need to create a new account.

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Can you upload images to ChatGPT?

You cannot upload images with the free version of ChatGPT (3.5). If you have ChatGPT Plus, you can upload images if you have access to the API, which can take some time as there’s a waitlist. 

So, what alternatives do you have? Well, you can try entering a detailed description of the image you want ChatGPT to work with and hope for the best. If you need help interpreting a graph, for example, you could say, “I have this graph about (topic), axis y represents (type of data), and axis x represents (type of data). The start value is (value) and the end value is (value). How do you interpret this?”

You could also paste a link to the image in GPT-4 and see if the web browsing feature allows ChatGPT to access the image.

Additionally, you can use Visual ChatGPT, a version of ChatGPT connected with StableDiffusion. Again, you will need access to the API for this. Please note it is a service made by a third party, not OpenAI, so always double-check their terms of use.

Can colleges detect ChatGPT?

Detecting AI-generated content, including that produced by ChatGPT, is a complex challenge. Educational institutions have access to plagiarism detection tools (and it’s not a new thing), but can they detect ChatGPT?

Can colleges detect ChatGPT? Well, not really, because most AI detection tools still struggle to detect AI-written content. We recently tested that and reached interesting results: 

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As you can see, it’s not perfect. Let’s imagine you use ChatGPT for an essay and rephrase it, is it still plagiarism? Is it considered cheating? In the end, it’s all about why ChatGPT was used. If someone used ChatGPT for a middle school essay about the English monarchy, well, it won’t have so many consequences, but if a student uses ChatGPT to produce a thesis in their last year of med school, that is a different topic.

Teachers who work closely with their students and often ask for essays may also be able to detect that their students did not write the final product.

Please note that there may be AI detection tools that are extremely accurate. Still, the general public may not have access to it, or it might only be available to big companies or universities.

What are ChatGPT plugins?

ChatGPT plugins are like an extra tool you can add to ChatGPT. OpenAI has worked with different companies to build safe plugins that you can add to ChatGPT. To use OpenAI-approved plugins, you will need access to the API, and then you will need to sign up to the website of the plugin you’d like to add in order to join their waitlist. You can read more about the plugins here: https://openai.com/blog/chatgpt-plugins.

Third parties have also started developing plugins for ChatGPT 4, which you can download and install on your browser. Remember to double-check the developer of the plugin and the terms of use, and make sure you understand what personal data this plugin will access.

Can Blackboard detect ChatGPT?

Learning platforms, in general, do not automatically check for plagiarism or AI-written content. However, your instructor could still use an AI detection tool once you submit your work and start a discussion with you if they believe you cheated using ChatGPT.

Blackboard is an LMS (learning management system) whose main purpose is not to detect AI, so it likely does not have such an integrated tool. It does use SafeAssign to check for plagiarism, though.

What is a seed in ChatGPT?

In AI, a seed is like a starting point. When you give a seed to the AI, it will reply in a certain way, and if you use the same seed later on, you’ll get the same result as before. Using seeds is like saving ChatGPT’s progress, like a save file in a video game.

If you like a reply and want to save it, you can tell ChatGPT to associate it with a seed number. When you type that seed number later, you’ll get the same reply again.

Learn more about prompting ChatGPT in our prompt engineering guide or our getting started with ChatGPT guide.

Is ChatGPT safe for children? Is there an age requirement to use ChatGPT?

ChatGPT has been designed to generate safe and suitable responses for a wide range of users, including children. OpenAI has implemented content guidelines to ensure the AI’s output is appropriate. It is never too early to teach children what AI can and cannot do, and the best way to get practice is by interacting with it.

OpenAI terms of use state that users must be at least 13 years old to sign up for an account and start using ChatGPT. 

What is a ChatGPT premium account?

ChatGPT Plus is a subscription plan that comes with a set of features to enhance the ChatGPT experience. For a monthly fee of $20, subscribers gain access to several benefits:

  1. Access to ChatGPT-4 
  2. Uninterrupted access even when the servers are overloaded
  3. Faster Responses
  4. Priority Feature Access

ChatGPT Plus is available worldwide, but you will need a credit card, as other payment options are unavailable.

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Who Owns ChatGPT

OpenAI, a corporation that does AI research, developed ChatGPT. In December 2015, OpenAI was established as a non-profit research group. However, it changed its strategy over time and now, as part of the bigger umbrella organization, also consists of the for-profit firm known as the OpenAI LP.

Currently, Microsoft effectively has control over the business that runs Chatgpt. Microsoft formed a relationship with OpenAI in 2019 and invested $1 billion to become a strategic investor in the OpenAI. Microsoft received an exclusive license from OpenAI to incorporate its proprietary AI technology in return for this investment.

This collaboration between Microsoft and OpenAI was renewed in 2021 and most recently in 2023 when Microsoft invested an additional USD 10 billion into OpenAI.

Learn more in our article about Who Owns ChatGPT and OpenAI

Round Up of Our Ultimate ChatGPT FAQ

We’ve answered the main questions around ChatGPT and OpenAI to ensure you can get the most out of this tool. If you need more resources, check our other articles, like our Get Started with ChatGPT guide, or navigate the ChatGPT FAQ of OpenAI. Also, comment below if you have any questions you would like us to answer.

Take your knowledge and skill of ChatGPT to the next level by checking other ChatGPT content on Automation Switch.

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