January 28, 2023
Learn how to use OpenAI’s GPT-3 to make you more productive and creative (with free templates and examples to get you started).
Tell a simple story to an AI like GPT-3, and it turns into a personal coach.
A writer who listens to feedback and makes changes to a draft.
An art director who offers advice on styling your images.
A partner who can stimulate and challenge your thinking.
Anything you want, essentially.
To do this, you don't need technical skills, only the ability to write English, a free OpenAI account, and some inspiration.
In this two-part series, I will provide examples, templates, and tips on how to talk to an AI to make you more productive and creative.
The first template summons an expert on a particular subject, whom you can then ask one or more questions.
Before we dive in, here's how to read these templates:
Now, let’s look at the Expert Generator in action. The image below shows an example—I have a question about making prompts for AI image generators.
To recap what’s happening above: First, we use the AI to determine the qualifications needed to answer the question. Then, we ask the AI who has such expertise. Finally, we ask that expert our question.
This first example offers several insights into what you can accomplish by talking to an AI:
To understand the importance of this last point, we need more background on how GPT-3 works.
When you give GPT-3 an assignment, it looks through all the data it's been trained on (45 terabytes of text, the equivalent of ~5.6 million books or ~10 million Wikipedia articles). It searches for patterns in that information to produce the output it believes is most likely correct or desired.
Depending on your question, the AI might take a kind of average of different possible answers. That approach can give a satisfying result, but the outcome can also be bland (or even false).
Asking GPT-3 to simulate an individual or a particular method can ensure a focused answer from that unique perspective.
In this second example, we have feedback from someone on a piece of text (like a draft article or email newsletter) and let GPT-3:
Here’s the template:
See this template in action here. Scroll down to the Example section to see a draft I wrote, the extensive comments someone sent me, and how GPT-3 does a great job summarizing that feedback and rewriting the newsletter.
Takeaways from this second template:
The five fundamentals to remember from these two templates and their examples:
To use these templates or make your own, go to OpenAI's GPT-3 Playground and follow these steps:
Click the image below to watch a video where I explain these steps using the Expert Generator template as an example. 👇️
I hope you're now inspired to try out these templates and create your own AI machines.
In a future weekly email, I’ll share part 2 with more advanced ways of talking to an AI and getting the results you want.