10 creative uses for GPT-3 in OpenAI Playground

GPT-3 is a language model that can generate text that sounds exactly like a human wrote it. Thanks to OpenAI Playground, it’s free to use for the first three months and there are plenty of reasons why you should check it out.


While some crafty students use it for homework, it’s also useful for writing birthday wishes or generating a list of pet names for your future pet. Hate writing profile bios? Then GPT-3 has you covered for that too!


A Quick Recap on GPT-3

OpenAI’s GPT-3 is a language model that has been trained on more text than you are likely to read in your lifetime. With that much data, it can produce human-like writing that can convince most people that a human wrote it.

While software developers work out how to use GPT-3 in next-gen applications, for the rest of us it’s a fantastic creative collaborator for our next project.

Learning how to use GPT-3 in OpenAI Playground is easy and you get three months of free credits to spend. There are many creative fields where AI is acceleratingbut GPT-3 has got to be one of the most fun places to explore!

1. Birthday Wishes

Screenshot from Open-AI Playground showing birthday wish message by GPT-3.

Not everyone is good at writing, but when it comes to Grandma’s 90th birthday, she deserves some heartfelt words. The trick to using GPT-3 to write a real birthday wish is to describe the person well. Include some information below the prompt, like a treasured keepsake or what you love most about them.

The more details you give, the better the birthday wish will be. GPT-3 will take your kind words and turn them into a beautiful birthday wish you can be proud of.

2. Animal names

GPT-3 screenshot suggesting animal names.

GPT-3 is fantastic for finding animal names for your future furry friend. The fun is in how you create your prompt to achieve different results. Adding adjectives like “little”, “cute”, “big” or “tough” will help narrow down the kind of nouns it produces, but there are other cool ways to generate a noun.

Try asking GPT-3 to list animal names that might be common in different countries. Keep in mind that you always want to check if the name has another meaning, especially if you don’t speak the language. In fact, you can have GPT-3 translate the name for you.

What can GPT-3 help naming? How about asking for a list of baby names or something cool to name your product, business or website?

Trying to think of the ultimate band name? GPT-3 can do this too. It’s the ultimate name generator.

3. Content Ideas

Screenshot from GPT-3 suggesting Instagram story ideas.

YouTubers, influencers, TikTok stars or Instagram natives; if you are active on media platforms, you can use GPT-3 to help you brainstorm your next idea. He’s probably a lot more up to date with social media lingo than your parents, and with the right prompt, he can figure out what you mean when you say “Instagram story.”

Another way to help it figure out exactly what you want is to list some examples below the prompt. It’s quick to digest the context you provide and in turn it will produce a result much closer to your meaning.

GPT-3 may not be the future of creative work but it is an excellent partner for bouncing ideas.

4. Profile Biography

Screenshot or Twitter bio generated by GPT-3.

Writing a single sentence has never been so frustrating. With such a short word count to get it right, it’s hard to find the perfect social media bio. We are happy to entrust this task to GPT-3 in the hope that it can create a better biography than us.

The result can be mixed, sometimes the answer can seem generic or cheesy. But then again, most bios are like that too! We can’t help it if GPT-3 was formed on the entire Twitter archive, good or bad.

5. Recipes

Screenshot of GPT-3 generating pancake recipe.

Cooking with GPT-3 can go two ways. You might get a recipe that hopefully follows a reliable cooking method with flavors that work. Or, you might get a new and untested creation, for better or for worse.

Pay attention to the Temperature setting here, you can find it to the right of the text box. Be careful not to confuse it with cooking temperature, in which case instead this parameter controls the randomness of the text output.

Lowering the temperature closer to zero will produce more logical results, closer to the instructions you give. On the other hand, the higher the temperature is at 1, the more unpredictable the results will be. GPT-3 will take the liberty of going off on tangents if they wish, and perhaps add an additional ingredient.

Screenshot from GPT-3 showing a recipe for potato pancakes.

If you don’t know what to cook one night, why not try giving GPT-3 a list of ingredients you have around the house and ask what dinners you can make with them?

6. Short stories

GPT-3 completing a short story.

Nothing Breaks Like AI Heart is a story published on Pudding website, written with the help of GPT-3. You can do something similar by feeding GPT-3 a half-written sentence or paragraph and letting it finish the thread for you.

It’s unlikely to win a literature award, but it helps ease the pain of writer’s block. Sometimes just reading a few random story completions is enough to spark your own imagination.

7. “Summarize this for a 2nd grader”

GPT-3 summarizing why the sky is blue for a 2nd grader to understand.

If you have ever met children, you know how many questions they ask about the world around us. Many of them are about things we barely remember from school, like why the sky is blue. After researching the answer on the Internet, you may still find it difficult to explain it to a child in a way that he will understand.

Fortunately, GPT-3 is excellent at taking complicated information and summarizing it in a simple way. Don’t think you’re limited to a 2nd grader either; the next time you receive a long work email, ask GPT-3 to summarize the main points.

8. Personal search engine

GPT-3 suggesting classic fashion items from America and France.

Feel like you can’t find what you’re looking for when you search the internet? You’re not alone. Navigating low-quality ads and articles is tiring when you can request GPT-3 instead.

The key to getting a factual answer is to lower the temperature setting; this will keep the GPT-3 from veering off course and help it stick to the facts. Since this language model was trained in part on all of Wikipedia’s content, it should have plenty of facts to rely on.

Already having some knowledge of the subject is the best way to verify that the information is on the right track.

9. Song Lyrics

GPT-3 completing the lyrics of the song September by Earth, Wind & Fire.

GPT-3 is particularly good at picking up patterns and completing text that matches the example you’re giving. This makes it ideal for suggesting song lyrics, as many songs follow a predictable pattern.

For a pop song, this pattern includes a verse, chorus, bridge, and outro. To test our theory, we copied the first verse and chorus of the song September by Earth, Wind & Fire, and asked GPT-3 to continue writing. The results we got weren’t that bad!

10. Plot twist

GPT-3 lists the plot twists of a horror movie about a farmer and a flock of sheep.

There are only so many ways a movie can end, so let’s ask GPT-3 to name a few. Changing the temperature setting will likely result in wilder and more creative results. Playing with different settings, characters or props is another way to generate interesting results.

It’s hard to know exactly how GPT-3 arrives at the result, but nonetheless, sometimes unpredictable results are just what we need to fire up our imaginations.

Get creative with GPT-3 in OpenAI Playground

Ultimately, GPT-3 can’t write your novel for you or film your next YouTube video. But as humans, we like to find creative uses for things, including a powerful language model like GPT-3.

For those times when you don’t know what to write next, try bouncing around some ideas with GPT-3.

Harold B. McConnell