How to Use GPT-3 [With Tips and Examples]

  • Rakesh Patel By Rakesh Patel
  • Last Updated: March 10, 2023
How to Use GPT-3 [With Tips and Examples]

Over the past ten years, artificial intelligence has taken huge strides, but few have attracted as much attention as OpenAI’s GPT-3

But what actually is GPT-3? And what is OpenAI?

GPT-3, short for “Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3,” is a large language model created by a company called OpenAI. 

It employs deep learning to produce text that resembles that of a human and currently has 175 billion parameters (the highest yet), empowering it with remarkable accuracy.

Or, in not-so-geek words, it is your assistant that produces human-like text to create pieces of content and code. All you have to do is feed it with text input about your exact requirements.

If you want to get an idea of its power, hear this: GPT-3 has passed the MBA exam conducted by a Wharton University professor.
Sounds great? Well, then, it will be even more exciting for you once we show you how to use GPT-3 for your various tasks and boost your productivity. But first, let’s delve into what are some of the various things you can do with it.

What Can GPT-3 Do for You?

What can gpt-3 do for you

GPT-3 is here to serve you. And you can make the most out of it if you know what it can do for you. So let’s explore:

1. Research information and answer questions

Have some questions you want an answer to? Then use GPT-3 to get responses to questions that are strikingly similar to those of a human expert.

Let’s say that you are writing a blog and want to research information for a commonly nagging question that your target audience has. Just turn it to GPT-3, and you will be done with your research in a matter of minutes.

Note: It isn’t a replacement for human expertise. But it is good to get you going.

2. Spark ideas

Sometimes, all you need is just a prompt to find the missing piece of the puzzle. So instead of waiting for that prompt to arrive, let GPT-3 ease things for you by sparking ideas and creativity in you.

To give you an example, consider for a moment that you want to get birthday ideas for a 10-year-old kid. 

So upon prompting it with the query, “Got any creative ideas for a 10-year-old’s birthday?” here is a part of the reply it gave to me:

Of course! Here are some fun and creative ideas for a 10-year-old’s birthday party:

  • Themed party: Let the birthday child choose their favorite themes, such as superheroes, princesses, or pirates. Then, decorate the party space with matching decorations and costumes.
  • Scavenger hunt: Set up a scavenger hunt around the house or in the backyard. Hide clues that will lead the party guests to the final treasure, like a piñata filled with candy or small toys.
  • DIY crafts: Set up a craft table and let the party guests create their own party favors, like tie-dyed t-shirts or friendship bracelets.

In total, it gave us 7 birthday ideas and would have given even more if pushed further. Isn’t that great?

3. Create content

One of GPT-3’s most impressive abilities is its ability to produce a text of exceptional quality that reads like it was written by a human. 

This is made possible with concepts like deep learning, machine learning, and natural language processing. It allows GPT-3 to understand your inputs and produce relevant content. Thus, you can use it for

  1. Content creation
  2. Summarization
  3. Storytelling

For example, next time you are looking to write a blog article or a social media post, just type in the relevant prompt and a word count and see what it gives you. If you are satisfied, that’s great. If not, then tell it what needs to be changed.

4. Write code

When we said text, we didn’t just mean content. OpenAI’s GPT-3 is equally capable of helping you with writing code as well. All you have to do is tell your requirement and the programming language you want your code in.

For example, if you are looking to write Python code for Tic-Tac-Toe, here is the code at work which it gave us for the query:

“Write me short code python code to create a tic-tac-toe game”

Write code

5. Translate content

The text generation capability of GPT-3 isn’t limited to English. Thus, the accurate language translation is also possible with it. 

GPT-3 can produce an accurate and contextually appropriate translation when given a piece of text in one language and the target language. So, you can use it for various purposes, such as:

  • Businesses can translate contracts and other documents to communicate with clients and partners around the world effectively.
  • Travellers can navigate foreign nations and cultures more easily by using GPT-3 to translate travel documents and websites.
  • We all can communicate across linguistic and cultural boundaries by translating personal communications like emails and social media posts.

Got an idea of its power? Now let’s see what it cannot do.

What GPT-3 Cannot Do for You?

Although GPT-3 is a remarkable and potent language model, it has quite a few limitations, such as:

1. Critical thinking

GPT-3 lacks the capacity for critical thought, which prevents it from arriving at sound conclusions or assessments of the information.

It can produce text that seems to make sense, but it might not always be accurate or trustworthy.

2. Common sense reasoning

Common sense is very uncommon, even in GPT-3. Thus, it might produce information that is factually correct but does not always make sense in practical contexts.

In other words, you need to have a human’s common sense at work.

3. Contextual understanding

It isn’t aware of the overall context of the queries you are asking. Thus, this could result in mistakes and inaccuracies.

Additionally, it is easily fooled by inaccurate or biased information, which can produce subpar results.

Pro tip: Be as much detailed as possible so that GPT-3 can understand your needs better.

4. Creativity

Prompting it “Give me creative ideas for….” won’t turn on its creativity. It only gives you results from its database. GPT-3 is not creative in the same way that people are. 

It can produce text that seems creative and original, but it is unable to independently innovate or come up with novel ideas.

5. Moral judgment

We humans have a conscience about what is right and wrong based on our morals and values. Well, OpenAI’s GPT-3 lacks it.

Yes, it will reject giving answers to inappropriate queries, but that doesn’t make up for its lack of moral principles. Without this ability, it may produce text that is insensitive, offensive, or inappropriate.

Now you are introduced to both sides of GPT-3. So let’s move on to how you can use GPT-3 to make the most out of it.

How to Use GPT-3?

If you are looking to maximize the capabilities of GPT-3, the step-by-step instructions below will help you to get started:

1. Choose an appropriate platform

The first and important step is to choose a platform that is powered by GPT-3. The reason is because GPT-3 is available through several platforms like  OpenAIs GPT-3 Playground, Hugging Face,  EleutherA, and AI Dungeon. Each platform offers distinct features, pricing structures, and user interfaces hence it’s crucial to select a platform that complements your particular use case.

2. Create an account

To access GPT-3, you must first make an account on the platform of your choice by signing in. Usually, this entails giving your email address, making a password, and confirming your account by sending yourself a confirmation email, phone number or using another method.

3. Choose an API plan

GPT-3 platforms offer different API plans based on the needs and usage limits. Hence, choose a plan that is as per the requirement or the number of requests. 

4. Get your API key

Now that you have chosen an API plan, an API access key is needed for the platform of GPT-3. This API key acts as the authentication token, and this needs to be included in every API request. 

5. Integrate the API 

Based on the platform and programming language, the integration of API may vary. But, there is also several documentation available which explains how to integrate the API. 

6. Send a prompt  

Prompt is the input that GPT-3 uses to generate response or output. Hence, it is important to provide appropriate prompts so that the GPT-3 gives relevant and accurate responses. You can also provide additional prompts to GPT-3 based on the platform you are using. 

7. Get the response 

GPT-3 will produce a response based on the text prompt or any extra parameters that have been specified. The response may contain text, pictures, or other types of media based on the prompt. 

8. Refine the response

The final step involves refining the response as per the requirement. It may include additional prompts to get answers to the point or to modify the prompts to adjust the tone, style, or level of detail in the response. Thus, refining the response helps to get high-quality content that can meet the specific needs. 

Above were the steps that involve using GPT-3, going ahead, let us check some examples on how GPT-3 can be used.

Examples of GPT-3

GPT-3 has several examples of its usage, some of them are:

1. The most common example of GPT-3 is the ChatGPT language model. This is helpful in generating human-like responses based on user input or prompts. To simplify, GPT-3 is being incorporated into the Chatbots. 

2. Another example is DALL-E which is an image generating tool. It is also based on the version of GPT-3, GPT-3 is provided training on both aspects (text and image) to generate a response as per the user’s prompt.

3. Some other uses of GPT-3 include:

  • Content creation for marketing or creative writing
  • Automated customer service
  • Used to analyze large data and generate insights
  • Multiple healthcare applications like medical reports or diagnoses

GPT-3 model can be utilized for several other AI applications provided that it is effectively used. Let us dive into some tips on how to use it effectively.

Useful Tips on How to Use GPT-3 Model

Below are some tips on using GPT-3 model effectively:

1. As GPT-3 creates responses based on the human requests, hence the prompt must be explicit and precise.

2. You can alter the output and the prompts using various parameters to suit your needs.

3. Using GPT-3 in conjunction with other tools to ensure a high quality response.

4. Ensure that the response created is appropriate for the target audience at all times.

5. To increase accuracy, make sure that GPT-3  is trained on relevant data sets.

6. Employ the readability, coherence, and correctness criteria to assess the generated text. 

7. Keep up with technological advances to be competitive.

These tips can really be helpful to unlock the full potential of GPT-3 and take your business to the next level.


There are several other large language models besides GPT-3, including

  1. BERT
  2. RoBERTa
  3. T5
  4. XLNet
  5. CTRL
  6. GShard

To know more, check out this guide where we have explained GPT-3 alternatives in detail.

These are the benefits of using GPT-3:

  1. Saves your time
  2. Enhances your production capability
  3. Give you information that would have been otherwise hard to find
  4. Give you ideas and spark your thoughts


So, are you excited to enjoy more power? 

The world has already started using this amazing new tool at full throttle.

Embracing it now will give you a great advantage over your competitors who are still stuck with traditional tools.

Author Bio
Rakesh Patel
Rakesh Patel

Rakesh Patel is the founder and CEO of DocoMatic, world’s best AI-powered chat solution. He is an experienced entrepreneur with over 28 years of experience in the IT industry. With a passion for AI development, Rakesh has led the development of DocoMatic, an innovative AI solution that leverages AI to streamline document processing. Throughout his career, Rakesh has trained numerous IT professionals who have gone on to become successful entrepreneurs in their own right. He has worked on many successful projects and is known for his ability to quickly learn and adopt new technologies. As an AI enthusiast, Rakesh is always looking for ways to push the boundaries of what is possible with AI. Read more