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OpenAI's ChatGPT chatbot is gaining traction. Here's how it works.

Yahoo Finance's Allie Garfinkle discusses how to use OpenAI's chatbot and how more users are turning to AI for everything from coding to recipe-writing.

Video Transcript

AKIKO FUJITA: Open AI's new chat bot named Chat GPT is gaining online traction as users test out the capabilities of this AI-powered information tool. Here to break it all down with the details, we've got Yahoo Finance's Allie Garfinkle. Allie, to say this is getting traction, I think, is an understatement. My Twitter feed, at least, has been blowing up with people testing this out. What are you--

ALLIE GARFINKLE: Mine, too, Akiko. Yeah, it's really blown up. I don't know if I've ever seen an AI tool go quite so mainstream. And there are a couple-- for anyone who's not as chronically online as you and I are, there are a couple of things that are really important about this. The primary one is this. This is the most sophisticated AI chat bot that we have ever seen released to the general public. And it was developed by OpenAI in San Francisco.

And its applications are, honestly, pretty broad. I've seen the applications range from completely silly. Like, there's one that went viral about a King James Bible verse about getting a peanut butter sandwich out of a VCR. And the application can also get really scary. For instance, someone figured out how to get past some of the content filters and get it to tell you how there's a Molotov cocktail-- how to make a Molotov cocktail.

So the range of applications are broad, but there are a couple of simple ones. Some people are using it to clean up their code. Other people are using it to help draft cover letters. There's been a lot of applications writing college essays. The way it works is essentially you sign on, and you type a question, much in the same way you would to something else we're all very familiar with-- Google Search.

So I actually went and tried it out myself because I wanted to test out this idea because there's a lot of hubbub being like, well, this is something that could eventually replace Google. And I think there are a lot of things underlying that, but I asked it a couple of questions that you might ask Google. One of them was very benign. It was about French toast. It might-- it'll probably show up on the screen here in a second. Here you go.

Yeah, I was just like, what's a recipe for French toast? OK, that's a recipe. And then it shows you how-- it shows you how to make French toast. I also asked it a follow-up that gave me excruciating details on how to add chocolate chips in. So I think there are a lot of questions that this poses, but there's no question it has gone completely viral.

RACHELLE AKUFFO: I love this. I'll definitely be checking that out. A big thank you there to Allie Garfinkle for us.