Understanding AI Chatbots

Modified on Sat, 16 Mar 2024 at 12:42 AM

AI chatbots are computer programs that can communicate with people using natural language. Unlike regular chatbots, they don't use pre-written responses. Instead, they understand what you're saying and formulate their responses on the spot. There are two key things that allow AI chatbots to do this:

1. Natural Language Processing (NLP): This helps the chatbot understand what you're saying, even if you don't say it perfectly.

2. Large Language Models (LLMs): These are made from large collections of words and phrases, usually gathered from the internet. Chatbots use LLMs to find patterns and determine what words should go together to make a response that sounds natural.

When you send a message (called a prompt) to a chatbot, it uses NLP to interpret what you want. Then, it uses its LLM to compose a response that makes sense based on prior recognized patterns. And AI chatbots can do more than just answer questions.  Many AI chatbots can help you draft stories, generate pictures from words, compose computer code, and more. This makes them useful for many projects and creative activities.

But don't forget: chatbots aren't flawless. Since they were trained with internet data, sometimes they provide biased or fabricated information. The technology is improving; but it's always a good idea to double-check what a chatbot tells you.

For more information, check out this video:

Chatbots and AI Explained by Common Craft

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