Our editors put the chatbot to the test, asking it questions on matters such as the theory of relativity and conquering a fear of heights

You might have heard or read about an artificial intelligence (AI) tool called ChatGPT. The chatbot was created and launched in November 2022 by OpenAI, an American research and deployment organisation.

The developers of ChatGPT have trained the AI with a dataset comprising billions of words, allowing it to understand and generate a natural-sounding language when prompted or asked a question. Put simply, it can help you to find an answer to your question quickly and easily through an interactive and personalised experience.

The language model has a wide variety of use cases, from language translation and text summarisation to research, writing stories and even writing code.

“AI tools like ChatGPT are helping professionals to produce a higher quality of work on average, says Foong Chee Mun, the co-founder and former chief technology officer of fintech company MoneyLion. “I often use chatGPT to summarise [learnings from] subjects like psychology and banking. I find that its explanations are generally easier to comprehend as compared to Wikipedia or other online sources.”

“In the workplace, ChatGPT improved our productivity. I’ve observed many of my colleagues using it to generate copies for emails or to co-develop code.”

Personally, I was curious about ChatGPT's capabilities, so I decided to ask my fellow editors to each provide a question for the chatbot. (The current version of ChatGPT has its limitations, as its knowledge ends in the year 2021.) Read on for its replies.

Read more: How MoneyLion’s Foong Chee Mun is shaking up the financial industry in Malaysia

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Who will win the 2022 World Cup? (Yes, we know it's over)

Asked by Lee Williamson, regional head, Gen.T

ChatGPT: It is difficult to predict the outcome of the 2022 FIFA World Cup as the tournament has not yet taken place and a lot can change between now and then. Many factors, including the performance and form of the teams, injuries and luck, can affect the tournament's outcome. It will be interesting to see which team will come out on top.

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Can I get over my fear of heights?

Asked by Chong Seow Wei, Asia editor, Gen.T

ChatGPT: Overcoming a fear of heights, also known as acrophobia, can be challenging, but it is possible with the right approach. The most effective treatment for fear of heights is usually a form of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), which aims to change the thoughts and behaviours that maintain the fear.

During CBT, a therapist will work with you to identify and challenge negative thoughts and beliefs related to heights and gradually expose you to feared situations in a safe and controlled environment. Other therapies, such as exposure therapy, virtual reality therapy and hypnotherapy, can also help manage acrophobia.

It's important to note that overcoming a fear of heights can be gradual; it may take time and perseverance to see improvement, but with the right approach and support, it is possible to reduce the fear and eventually overcome it.

It's also important to consult a mental health professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

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What is the scariest thing in the world?

Asked by Ryanne Cheng Co, Philippines editor, Gen.T

ChatGPT: The concept of what is considered “scary” can vary greatly from person to person, as people have different fears and phobias. Some people may find heights or spiders terrifying, while others may be more afraid of social situations or public speaking.

However, some people may find certain things universally scary such as death, losing a loved one or being alone. The fear of the unknown and uncertainty can also create a sense of fear in many people. Additionally, a traumatic event or experience can also cause long-term fear or phobia.

It's important to note that fear is a normal and natural response to perceived danger and can even be beneficial in certain situations, as it can motivate us to take action to protect ourselves. But if fear becomes overwhelming and affects our daily life, it's recommended to seek help from a mental health professional.

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How would you explain the theory of relativity to a four-year-old in the style of Post Malone?

Asked by Chong Jinn Xiung, Malaysia editor, Gen.T

ChatGPT: Okay, so imagine you're riding in a car, and you're listening to some Post Malone. But then, you're going really fast, like a rocket ship. And when you're going that fast, time and space start to bend and stretch. It's like, everything gets all wavy, you know?

It's kind of like when you're playing with playdough and you stretch it out and squish it together. That's kind of what happens to time and space when you're moving really fast.

And that's what Einstein figured out. He was like, whoa, time and space are not just these solid things, they can change and move and bend. And that's what we call the theory of relativity.

It's like magic but it's real, and science can explain it.

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