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What are GPTs?

By Pierson Marks

GPTs, which stand for "Generative Pre-trained Transformers," are a series of language-processing AI models developed by OpenAI. These models are designed to generate text, understand context, answer questions, and perform a variety of language-related tasks.

In the context of ChatGPT, GPTs are a specialized chatbot that can perform quick actions on your behalf. You can think of GPTs as a mobile app, but you use a chat interface instead of interacting via a touch screen.

GPTs can be used for various applications, including content creation, business analytics, and specialized content retrieval. OpenAI has released its GPT Store, which is like an app store for GPTs. Read more about it here.

We recommend reading this article by OpenAI to learn more about GPTs and this article to see some examples.

If you're more curious, here are the key technical aspects of GPTs.

  • Generative: They can generate coherent and contextually relevant text based on their input. This makes them useful for applications like writing assistance, content creation, and more.

  • Pre-trained: GPTs are trained on a vast corpus of text from the internet. This pre-training helps the model understand language patterns, grammar, and context before it is fine-tuned for specific tasks.

  • Transformers: This refers to the type of neural network architecture used. Transformers are particularly effective in understanding the context of language, as they can process words in relation to all other words in a sentence rather than one-by-one in sequence..

Starting with GPT, there have been several iterations, including GPT-2, GPT-3, and GPT-4. Each version has been more advanced, with larger datasets for training and more sophisticated algorithms, resulting in more nuanced and accurate language understanding and generation. Custom GPTs take the base GPT model, and provide it with specific instructions, data, and actions, to perform a specific task.

GPT models have been widely used for various applications, including chatbots, writing assistants, translation, summarization, and even data analysis. Their ability to generate human-like text has made them a significant development in the field of artificial intelligence and natural language processing.

Read more about Tool Explorer, one of our custom GPTs, here: