ChatGPT is a chatbot launched by OpenAI November 30, 2022. It is built on top of OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 family of large language models, and is fine-tuned with both supervised and reinforcement learning techniques. ChatGPT answers complex questions conversationally. It’s a revolutionary technology because it’s trained to learn what humans mean when they ask a question.
The use of ChatGPT is currently free during the “research preview” time. There are no advertisements, no fees. Try it while you can.
To use the program, go to
You will need to create an account. It will need your email address, a password, your name and a phone # for text verification. Once you are in, type your comment or questions in the bottom line. Think of a session as a conversation. ChatGPT will remember what you previously said during this session. You can refine your question, “prime the pump” as it were. So far, I have been impressed! This might be as revolutionary as Google!
During my first session, I gave it this question: What are the benefits of a DNA special interest group? ChatGPT replied with the following text.
A DNA special interest group (SIG) is a group of individuals who have a shared interest in using DNA testing for genealogy and family history research. DNA SIGs typically provide a forum for members to share information, resources, and expertise related to DNA testing and genealogy.
Some potential benefits of joining a DNA SIG may include:
- Access to information and resources: DNA SIGs often have a wealth of information and resources related to DNA testing and genealogy, including educational materials, case studies, and links to relevant websites and databases.
- Opportunities for networking and collaboration: DNA SIGs provide a platform for members to connect with others who have similar interests and to collaborate on research projects.
- Expertise and support: DNA SIGs often have members with a wide range of expertise and experience in DNA testing and genealogy. These individuals can provide support and guidance to other members who are new to the field or who have specific questions or challenges.
- Community involvement: DNA SIGs can be a great way to get involved in the genealogy community and to contribute to the advancement of DNA testing and genealogy research.
Try it now. Some folks are using it to write papers in college! Some are using it to impress. Some are using it for research. This type of “bot” will be with us into the future. You can say that you were part of the “early days”. OMG