A Gentle Introduction to Generative AI

Selvin Ortiz

2 months ago

This article is dedicated to my TikTok friends who need to get onboard the AI train. ๐”ธ๐•๐•š๐•ค๐• ๐•Ÿ, ๐”ธ๐•’๐•ฃ๐• ๐•Ÿ, ๐•๐• ๐•ค๐•™, โ„‚๐•’๐•๐•–๐•“, let's go.

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) represents a groundbreaking shift in how we create, innovate, and interact with digital content. Unlike traditional AI, which interprets or acts on existing data, generative AI can produce entirely new content, from text and images to music and more. Its roots can be traced back to early machine learning research, evolving rapidly with advancements in computational power and data availability.

Today, generative AI opens up endless possibilities for enhancing creativity, automating tasks, and personalizing user experiences across various sectors.

An Overview of the GPT Architecture

The Generative Pre-trained Transformer (GPT) architecture is a cornerstone in the generative AI landscape. Pioneered by OpenAI, with foundational work influenced by Google's research, GPT models are designed to understand and generate human-like text based on the vast amounts of data they've been trained on. These models, through deep learning and neural networks, can mimic writing styles, answer questions, and even create content that feels authentically human. The evolution of GPT from its initial iteration to the latest versions showcases the rapid progress in AI's capabilities to understand and generate complex language constructs.

Admittedly, this topic is quite technical. However, it's important to understand that the pre-trained nature of generative AI models can lead to inaccuracies, including misinformation or hallucinations.

Beware of this when deploying it into a business environment.

Practical AI with ChatGPT and Beyond

ChatGPT, a direct descendant of the GPT architecture, illustrates the practical applications of generative AI. It can draft emails, create content, simulate conversations, and more, showcasing its versatility across various tasks. For example, users can input prompts like "Write a blog post about the benefits of meditation," or "Generate an image of a futuristic cityscape," and ChatGPT, often in conjunction with other AI models like DALLยทE for image creation, can produce content that meets these requests. These capabilities make ChatGPT a powerful tool for businesses, creatives, and educators alike.

Getting started with AI takes commitment and diving in, and below are some resources to get you started.

AI, ChatGPT, and Prompt Writing

For those looking to dive deeper into generative AI and prompt writing, a wealth of resources is available.

My favorite โ€“ and I'm biased here โ€“ is my article on prompt writing using My ROCSE Framework

Beyond that great resource ๐Ÿ˜‰ here are others you should check out:

Facebook Groups

For community-driven insights and networking, the following facebook groups can prove to be valuable resource. Members share tips, prompts, project ideas, and engage in discussions on leveraging AI for business and creative endeavors.

Daily Newsletters

Keeping up with the latest AI news is crucial.

Here are a few newsletters that spill the tea on AI news.

I would recommend that you pick the one that best fits your style because they share similar news.


Generative AI tools like ChatGPT offer a glimpse into a future where AI's role in creativity and productivity is indispensable.

Whether you're a developer, a content creator, or an entrepreneur, understanding and utilizing generative AI opens up a world of possibilities. By staying informed through newsletters, engaging with online resources, and participating in community forums, anyone can navigate the exciting landscape of generative AI.

Let's shape a future that leverages technology to unleash our full creative and innovative potential.

P.S. Bookmark this page because I'll keep it updated with the latest resources I find useful.

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Who wrote this article?

Selvin Ortiz๐Ÿ‘‹

I'm a software engineer and content creator.
I help brands develop software and content strategies ๐Ÿš€

On this blog, I write about software development, emerging technology, technical leadership, and content creation โœจ

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