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Level Up Your Crypto Journey with OpenAI

Tap ChatGPT to aid your journey through the crypto frontier
William M. Peaster William M. Peaster Nov 27, 20234 min read
Level Up Your Crypto Journey with OpenAI

It's been a controversial month for ChatGPT creator OpenAI. While the sudden dismissal and rehiring of Sam Altman as CEO made for an HBO-worthy drama, it's essential to realize why there were so many eyes on this company to begin with. 

The tech is impressive.

Earlier this year, I walked you through the basics of ChatGPT plugins

Remember: ChatGPT is an AI chatbot service, and plugins are external tools built on top of ChatGPT to enhance its capabilities. Some crypto-themed ones, like CheckTheChain and DefiLlama, have proven helpful for onchain analysts.  

Yet, while plugins remain some of the most powerful things about ChatGPT, it's worth noting that the platform has rolled out a series of new features since my previous post, and all are compelling in their own ways. Some of ChatGPT's coolest features are only available to subscribers of its Plus service, which has unfortunately briefly paused new sign-ups due to significant demand.

What you use all of these new features for depends on your needs or imagination, but to help you get started, I'll walk through the basics of how crypto adventurers like ourselves can start approaching these ChatGPT additions. 👇👇

1) Custom instructions

Custom instructions, accessible from your account tab, allows you to tailor how ChatGPT responds to your text prompts per your specific preferences or requirements. 

For example, let's say you're a smart contract developer using ChatGPT as a de facto coding assistant. In its vanilla state, the chatbot tends to unnecessarily over-explain things, so to avoid having to constantly deal with this, you could provide a custom instruction to "just give me code without any explanation," as seen in the screenshot above. 

You don't have to be a dev to get this utility. I've found that generic ChatGPT can be very wordy and use too much prose in its answers. One custom instruction I use when outlining and editing content with the platform is "avoid flowery language," which, in my opinion, helps considerably. Experiment and see what works for you!

2) ChatGPT vision

OpenAI recently launched new capabilities for ChatGPT, including the ability to see and analyze pictures. Now, you can ask the AI any question you want about the picture on your mind!

This can be useful across many different contexts, one of which is extracting data from an image. 

For example, have you ever found a bespoke crypto infographic on social media that you wanted to write about but had trouble reading its fine print or didn't want to manually transcribe its info to your draft? Now you can ask ChatGPT to pull the info for you, like so: 

After I punched in the request seen in the image above, ChatGPT returned the answer back to me in ~1 second.

3) Advanced Data Analysis

Formerly known as the "Code Interpreter," the Advanced Data Analysis tool is a special version of ChatGPT that has the ability to use the Python programming language baked right in. 

As such, the resource is optimized compared to its regular counterpart when it comes to analyzing data, interpreting code, and calculating math problems. If you need assistance in any of these areas, you've now got your own specialized AI assistant that can help you. 

For example, I'm not a programmer, so I recently used Advanced Data Analysis to analyze the Nouns DAO codebase. But you can also do all kinds of other things, like extracting and visualizing info from a PDF file or running simulations based on provided crypto data. 

4) DALL·E 3

DALL·E 3 is a new, incredibly performant text-to-image AI model available within ChatGPT.

If you're a community manager or content creator in crypto, DALL·E 3 is a must-try because it makes it possible to pump out detailed, high-quality graphics in just a matter of seconds. Compared to other similar models like Midjourney and Stable Diffusion, DALL·E 3 particularly shines when it comes to handling intricate prompts. 

Note that the model will pump out four image outputs per prompt request, so you'll have multiple options to choose from or remix further from there. In my experience, there's always at least one output from a batch that meets the "above average" bar. 

5) GPTs

The latest innovation in ChatGPT's evolution is this month's introduction of GPTs, which are customizable AI models that users can tailor for specific tasks. The big idea? Create an AI agent and then openly share it with others!

Whether for learning, work, or play, GPTs take personalized instructions via basic no-code prompting and can then perform a range of functions, from creative design to web searches. As such, this rollout represents a significant step towards AI minds capable of performing real-world tasks autonomously.

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William M. Peaster

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William M. Peaster, Senior Writer, has been with Bankless since January 2021. Immersed in Ethereum since 2017, he writes the Metaversal newsletter on the onchain frontier, covering everything from AI projects to crypto games, as the team’s lead NFT analyst. With a background in creative writing, he writes fiction and publishes art on Ethereum in his free time. He lives in Washington.

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