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BUSINESS PRACTICES By Rachel Pierce
5 Tedious Non-Translation
Tasks ChatGPT Can Do
Amazingly Well
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dds are you've heard
the hype around the
futuristic artificial
intelligence-based tool
currently taking the world
by storm. But what is it and
what can it really do for
translators? The answers may
surprise you.
What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is a large language
model (LLM) designed
and developed by OpenAI
to generate human-like
responses to prompts.
LLMs are a type of artificial
intelligence (AI) that have
been trained on massive
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amounts of written text,
including web pages, books,
and articles, to predict the
word or sequence of words
most likely to follow a userentered
prompt. LLM-driven
chatbots like ChatGPT are
also trained on conversations
from online forums and
transcripts to engage in a
back-and-forth dialogue
with users and build on that
conversation over time.
That Sounds Scary...
Will robots make language
professionals obsolete?
AI-induced anxiety abounds
in our industry, like many
others. But before you panic,
remember that it's still the
early days. These systems
are new to everyone-even
AI developers don't know
everything they can do. And
new use cases are being
developed all the time.
Also, LLMs like ChatGPT
aren't ideally suited to
machine translation (MT).
Can they translate to and
from multiple languages?
Yes. But ChatGPT's output is
painfully slow compared to
the immediacy of MT-only
tools like DeepL. ChatGPT's
appeal is in what it can do for
translators beyond translation.
Let's take a closer look at
five tedious tasks it can take
off your plate, starting today.
But first, some housekeeping.
How to Sign Up
The basic version of ChatGPT
(GPT-3.5) is free to use and
signup is easy:
y Go to https://chat.openai.com/
chat.
y Click " Sign up. "
y Create an account.
y Use the " Message
ChatGPT... " field at the
bottom of the screen to
send ChatGPT a " prompt, "
which means asking it for
information or to complete
a task. Get creative!
For $20 a month you can
also upgrade to ChatGPT Plus,
which comes with GPT-4
under the hood. You get a more
sophisticated tool trained on
larger data sets, priority access
during peak usage periods,
and faster response times.
What ChatGPT Can't Do
There are a few drawbacks
and limitations to ChatGPT to
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