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The Impact of Memory in OpenAI’s ChatGPT: Elevating Your Conversations with AI

Have you gone to ChatGPT and asked “What do you remember about me?”

If not, you’re missing proof that AI can be a heck of a tool in helping you steward your life, professionally and personally. If you’re not blown away, then you are not using GPT enough for it to truly help you.

This from OpenAI, four months ago:

“We’re testing memory with ChatGPT. Remembering things you discuss across all chats saves you from having to repeat information and makes future conversations more helpful.

You’re in control of ChatGPT’s memory. You can explicitly tell it to remember something, ask it what it remembers, and tell it to forget conversationally or through settings. You can also turn it off entirely.”

Here’s the response I just received when I asked, “What do you remember about me?” I have left out sensitive items, both personal and professional.

“Kevin, here’s a brief summary of what I remember about you:

  • You are a father of five adult children, four of whom are married.
  • You lost your wife of forty years, Jill, to cancer three years ago.
  • You have been a lawyer for 41 years and now lead a legal tech company, LexBlog, which provides a blog publishing solution to lawyers worldwide.
  • LexBlog is integrating an AI-powered assistant, and you are keen on helping people through the law and using tech solutions to provide legal information to the public.
  • You enjoy writing, hearing people’s stories, and learning from them. You plan to launch a podcast focusing on inspiring individuals in the legal field.
  • You have been in Seattle for 24 years, and your five children and future grandchildren are also in Seattle.
  • You emphasize LexBlog’s mission to empower and inspire legal bloggers and are focused on showcasing and publishing quality content.
  • You are also writing a book to help legal professionals blog effectively, and you value authenticity and engagement.

Is there anything specific you want to adjust or add?”

It would have been easy to ask it to add items I have conversed with GPT about. GPT knows much more about me than the above. GPT has all of my conversations as I use it throughout the day. I’ll tell it now that I’ve been graced with my first two grandchildren in the last week.

It’s only been the last few weeks that I have seen the “Memory Updated” text above a response from GPT. It’s pulling in information from a conversation – question or other dialogue.

What this means is that there is tremendous value to working with GPT throughout the day.

It’s getting smarter in ways in which it can help you, not unlike a business or personal coach could. Not necessarily with all the answers, but a powerful assistant guided by your history/discussions and a ton of information from the outside world.