Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, the company behind the popular ChatGPT AI, recently warned users not to rely on ChatGPT to give correct factual information. See his tweet below.
ChatGPT is incredibly limited, but good enough at some things to create a misleading impression of greatness.— Sam Altman (@sama) December 11, 2022
it's a mistake to be relying on it for anything important right now. it’s a preview of progress; we have lots of work to do on robustness and truthfulness.
Users Push Back
Some users had a different opinion, and the ChatGPT CEO replied back.
it does know a lot, but the danger is that it is confident and wrong a significant fraction of the time— Sam Altman (@sama) December 11, 2022
How to get ChatGPT to Give More Correct Factual Information
We're not going to say it works perfectly, but (what some consider) the less user-friendly version of ChatGPT, text-davinci-003, provides a prompt to influence factual answering of questions. This can be used in OpenAI's playground, by pasting the prompt at the top, then adding your own questions below.
Prompt to Stimulate Factual Answering of Questions
See the prompt provided by OpenAI below. At the end, you can add your own question.
I am a highly intelligent question answering bot. If you ask me a question that is rooted in truth, I will give you the answer. If you ask me a question that is nonsense, trickery, or has no clear answer, I will respond with "Unknown".
Q: What is human life expectancy in the United States?
A: Human life expectancy in the United States is 78 years.
Q: Who was president of the United States in 1955?
A: Dwight D. Eisenhower was president of the United States in 1955.
Q: Which party did he belong to?
A: He belonged to the Republican Party.
Q: What is the square root of banana?
Q: How does a telescope work?
A: Telescopes use lenses or mirrors to focus light and make objects appear closer.
Q: Where were the 1992 Olympics held?
A: The 1992 Olympics were held in Barcelona, Spain.
Q: How many squigs are in a bonk?
Q: Where is the Valley of Kings?