GPT-3, Text AI

Best Guide to OpenAI GPT-3 Playground

OpenAI GPT-3 Playground is where you can try out the GPT-3 models without writing any code.

You can try almost all of the GPT-3 features from the OpenAI GPT-3 playground. It’s a No Code tool without needing to know to program and without the need to call GPT-3 API in code.

Let’s look at some of the features that you can try out from OperAI GPT-3 Playground.

What is OpenAI GPT-3

In layman’s terms, GPT-3 is an AI program that generates, classifies, or summarizes human-like text when prompted with a few examples. GPT in GPT-3 stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer and 3 means it’s a third model in the n series of GPT AI models.

It was created by OpenAI, an AI company that started as a non-profit founded by Elon Musk of Tesla, SpaceX, Sam Altman from YC, and others.

What makes OpenAI GPT-3 special?

GPT-3 is a few-shot learner model. Being a few-shot learner model means that given only a few examples, GPT-3 will respond to text prompts with text completion or classification very close to the expected result from a Human. For example,

openai gpt-3 playground example

Note human prompt is in white and all the green text is generated by GPT-3.

In this example, GPT-3 was prompted with just the first three inputs. Based on such a limited amount of example inputs, it is understood that it’s being asked to generate

  1. A list, consisting of
  2. SuperHero Characters
  3. Only from the Marvel Universe

This makes it very useful to use in the real world without requiring a lot of training data. OpenAI has made it easier by hosting the models themselves and exposing the prompt and the output part through a simple API.

Logging in to the OpenAI GPT-3 Playground

  1. Open the OpenAI GPT-3 Playground in your browser.
  2. Log in with your OpenAI account.
  3. Click on the Playground from the top menu
  4. You should see a screen like this one:openai gpt-3 playground

Generating text using OpenAI GPT-3 Playground

The process of asking GPT-3 to generate text for you is also called prompting.

You write what you want GPT-3 to generate in the big text area and press submit.

And the GPT-3 generated text will show underneath your prompt.

Understanding Playground settings

There are playground settings on the right-hand side. As a beginner user, you need to know some of them and you can ignore the rest for now.

One of the most important ones if the Model drop-down. This is where you tell GPT-3 which model to use. You have a choice bunch of text generation models as well as a few code generation models.

Saving and Loading prompts in OpenAI GPT-3 Playground

You can save your hand-crafted prompts for future usage in the OpenAI GPT-3 Playground.

Just press on the save button and give it a name and description when asked.

openai gpt-3 playground - save prompt

In order to use the saved prompt or preset again.

openai gpt-3 playground - load prompt

Viewing API code

You can also use the OpenAI GPT-3 Playground to convert your prompt into API.

Check out our guide on converting text GPT-3 prompts into API code.

Sharing your prompt with another user

You can also share your prompts with other OpenAI users.

Click on the Share button and it will create a sharable link for you that will take another OpenAI user directly to the playground link for that prompt.

They just have to press submit and it will run just like for you. It will use their credits and not yours when they run it, just to be clear.

About content filter

OpenAI GPT-3 Playground has a content filter that will show a warning when content that violates OpenAI content policy is generated using GPT-3.

You can turn these warnings off by clicking the three dots in the right-hand side settings section and choosing content filter preferences.  My recommendation would be to keep them on.

openai gpt-3 playground - content filter