What Can ChatGPT Do? 9 Compelling Use Cases in 2024

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What can you do with ChatGPT? We highlight nine of the most popular ways ChatGPT can improve your work or personal life.

ChatGPT took the world by storm after its release in November 2022. Ever since, consumers and enterprises have been experimenting to see what ChatGPT can do for their workflows. 

OpenAI’s chatbot offers a wide range of capabilities, from interpreting and responding to natural language prompts, answering user questions, generating content, translating text, producing and debugging code, generating images, and solving mathematical problems.

That sounds a lot, right? And it is already a massive leap from when ChatGPT was launched in November 2022.

This diverse array of use cases has been critical toward the rapid adoption of ChatGPT, with 80% of Fortune 500 companies having registered ChatGPT accounts and the chatbot boasting 100 million weekly active users as of November 2023. 

What Does ChatGPT Do Exactly?

ChatGPT uses technologies like machine learning and natural language processing to analyze text from sources like books and articles. The chatbot uses these training resources to identify patterns in natural language. 

Once the user enters a prompt, ChatGPT analyzes it to infer context and then predicts what words will best answer your question based on the patterns learned from its training data. This enables it to respond to user queries in a way that’s grammatically and semantically correct. 

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However, this approach also means that ChatGPT can hallucinate at times, inventing facts and figures that are incorrect but stating them as if they were correct. 

This means users must be aware that no matter how advanced and verbose ChatGPT’s responses may seem, they must be fact-checked for accuracy.

What Can I Do With ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is a highly versatile tool that provides a variety of ways to improve your workflows. Some ways you can use ChatGPT, with examples, are listed below. 

9. Answering Questions

One of the most valuable capabilities of ChatGPT is its ability to answer questions. Simply enter an inquiry into the prompt box as you would with a search engine, and ChatGPT will respond with an answer.

It’s important to note that GPT-4 Turbo has a cutoff date of April 2023, so it won’t be aware of any events past this date. 

8. Content Generation 

ChatGPT can also be prompted to create content for your target audience in seconds.

This includes everything from articles, blogs, essays, copy, scripts, and press releases to emails, resumes, and cover letters.

While these aren’t on the same level as content created by a professional, they can help streamline the creative workflow. 

7. Text Summarization

Users can use ChatGPT to summarize large text documents or papers. ChatGPT’s standard GPT-4 model offers a context length of 8,000 tokens, which means you can enter input text of up to 25,000 words.

OpenAI also offers an extended 32,000 token context length for those that need more bandwidth. 

6. Translation

ChatGPT’s ability to analyze source texts also makes it useful for translating texts into different languages.

Just enter the text you want translated and what language you want it translated into. That being said, ChatGPT may struggle to translate complex text and non-European languages. 

5. Image Creation

Following a recent update, ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise users can use DALL-E 3, a generative AI, to create images.

You can do this by asking the chatbot to create an image and including instructions detailing the content and style of the overall piece. If the design doesn’t satisfy you, you can also request edits.

4. Code Creation

One of the best uses for ChatGPT is to create, edit, and explain code in popular languages such as Python, JavaScript, C++, and Java

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If you want to generate code, enter specific questions on what you want the code to do and what programming language the chatbot should use.

Remember to double-check all code for functionality and safety before deploying it. 

3. Creating Music 

Users can prompt ChatGPT to help write music, from suggesting chord progressions and melodies to producing midi files.

It can also be used to generate tablature to help the user experiment with new musical ideas. 

2. Editing and Spellchecking

In addition to content creation, ChatGPT can also be used as an editing and spellcheck tool.

You can do this by entering a prompt instructing the chatbot to check the following input text for spelling mistakes and to identify other stylistic changes that could be made.

1. Solve Math Problems

ChatGPT can also be used to solve mathematical problems, explain concepts, and perform a range of functions, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Once again, it’s important to double-check the results for hallucinations and inaccuracies. 

The Bottom Line

ChatGPT is a powerful tool, but it does require some supervision to get the best results.

Double-checking its output’s accuracy is essential for ensuring that everything it produces is factual and reliable, whether you’re asking historical questions, solving mathematical problems, or generating code.

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Tim Keary

Since January 2017, Tim Keary has been a freelance technology writer and reporter, covering enterprise technology and information security.