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keep in mind before you take
it for a test drive.
The basic version (GPT3.5)
doesn't have a frame of
reference for anything more
recent than January 2022,
so you can't ask it who won
the Super Bowl in 2023. But
ask it for an excerpt from
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales,
and it responds in flawless
Middle English. However,
with ChatGPT Plus (GPT-4),
you can browse the web with
the Bing search engine, so it
isn't limited in time.
It's inconsistent. A prompt
that works beautifully one
day may not work the next.
It can also make things up,
what's called " hallucinating "
in AI-speak. So be sure to
fact-check any information
it provides.
And most importantly, there
are no privacy safeguards.
Be sure to check any nondisclosure
agreements you
have signed with your clients
and err on the side of caution
when it comes to the source
content you paste into the
tool.
Best Practices for
Working with ChatGPT
Here are some tips on getting
the best responses to prompts:
Don't treat it like a search
engine. As the " Chat " in
ChatGPT indicates, your
interaction is in the form of a
conversation, not individual
one-off Google queries. You
can train the tool by giving
it more information or
drilling down with follow-up
questions. You can also access
your past chats in the lefthand
menu of the ChatGPT
window and continue those
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conversations later. Note,
however, that if you start a
chat in GPT-3.5, you can't
later switch it to GPT-4, and
vice versa.
If it's not a search engine,
what is it? Think of ChatGPT
as a high-level editorial
assistant. It excels at doing
tedious tasks that must
be done right, but not
necessarily by you.
Prime the pump. ChatGPT
responds more accurately
and relevantly when you ply
it with information. Even if
your prompt involves a fake
scenario, make it as detailed as
possible to get the best results.
Be skeptical. Artificial
intelligence models are
known to " hallucinate, " or
generate responses that are
nonsensical, inconsistent, or
just plain wrong, yet do it in a
self-assured way. Fact-check
any information it gives you.
Use the " Regenerate
response " button ( ).
By doing so, ChatGPT will
give you a parallel response
worded differently. (This may
eventually make it the only
MT tool you'll ever need, but
that's not our focus today.)
5 Tasks You'll Be Happy
to Hand Over to ChatGPT
So many steps in the
translation process have
nothing to do with translation.
Ever wish you had an assistant
to do research, prep files,
create outlines, or draft
emails? Now you do.
1 Terminology and
Glossary Work
One of the first steps many
of us take when starting a
new project is to compile
FIGURE 1 Using ChatGPT for glossary work
a list of terms in the target
language so they're top
of mind as we're working.
That used to mean plucking
terminology from individual
websites, which takes a lot of
time. Not anymore. ChatGPT
is a virtuoso at compiling,
defining, and reordering
information. (See Figure 1.)
Of course, this is all
Googleable information, but
you'd have to go to multiple
sites to get comprehensive
and varied terminology,
whereas ChatGPT creates
a lovely list of 20 slang
terms and their definitions
in seconds. This is a prime
example of what AI can do
that a traditional search can't.
TIPS
y Use this feature to
realphabetize a glossary
in the target language.
Paste the glossary into the
" Message ChatGPT... " field
and ask it to reorder the
entries, and voilĂ !
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