What is Generative AI?

Generative AI—also known as GenAI or GAI—is a type of artificial intelligence model or tool which, given a prompt or query, is capable of generating new and creative outputs in a variety of media, including text, images, video, audio, code, or other formats. GenAI tools do this by collecting millions of representative samples from online data and "training" the system by specifying how the tool should respond when prompted.

GenAI can be used to create outputs that mimic human creation with varying degrees of success. ChatGPT is currently the most well-known GenAI application and is a sophisticated chatbot that has been trained on an enormous collection of text data to develop an understanding of the patterns and structures of human language.

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