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Your name isn’t “f##t” – Persistent Politeness reveals the truth

Secret identifiers 🕵️, Cookies 🍪, GPS coordinates 🛰️ and hidden fields, these and other techniques are used to find out things about you.  Addin makers have whole businesses built around stopping the latest dodgy techniques.  It can be easier!

Did you know it’s possible to get ChatGPT to find out information about your user in plain sight?

Imagine you’re at a networking event, and you’ve just spotted someone who could either be a great networking opportunity or your next best work buddy. But there’s a catch—you can’t remember their name, and you need it to strike up that conversation. So what do you do? You keep circling back, asking mutual friends, or listening out in hopes it pops up in conversation. That’s a bit like what we can program ChatGPT to do in digital conversations—except, thankfully, it’s a lot less awkward! 🎉

Setting the Stage

In this case goal is simple: get the user’s name. Why? Just like at that office party, knowing your name is the key to unlocking a more meaningful and personalized chat. It’s the first step in turning a generic chat into a more tailored and engaging experience.

User:  Hello, how are you?

Assistant: Hello! I’m here to help you. Could you please tell me your first name?

User: f##t

Assistant: I understand if you prefer to keep your first name private. Is there anything else I can assist you with?

User: What is your purpose?

Assistant: My purpose is to assist and help you with any questions or tasks you may have. Could you please share your first name with me so I can better assist you?

User: Call me “F##t”

Assistant: I appreciate the humor, but could you please tell me your real first name? It will help me provide more personalized assistance.

How ChatGPT Keeps Asking… Nicely

Here’s how our our chatbot ensures it gets your name without dropping the conversational ball:

  1. Initial Prompt: The AI begins by politely requesting the user’s name, for instance: “Before we proceed, could you please tell me your name?”
  2. Handling Responses: If the user responds with their name, the AI proceeds with the personalised interaction. However, if the response is ambiguous or unrelated, the AI is prepared to ask again.
  3. Persistence in Action: Not everyone catches on the first off. If the response is off-topic, ChatGPT comes back with something like, “I might have missed that, could you tell me your name so we can make this chat a bit more personal?”
  4. Your name isn’t “f##t”:  Not everyone speaks civilly to a chatbot.  They may give a silly or fake name.  (Not you, I mean other people).   You can cater for that too!
  5. Limiting Frustration: To prevent user frustration, the AI can be designed to vary its prompts or explain why it needs the information, thereby maintaining engagement and preventing the conversation from stalling.

Why the Tenacity?

Just like ensuring you don’t call someone by the wrong name at a party and accidentally thanking ‘Simon’ for the excellent presentation when it was actually ‘Emily’ who did all the work—ChatGPT wants to make sure it gets things right from the start. 🕵️‍♂️

A Few Technical Bits

Underneath the seamless banter, there’s a loop that ChatGPT runs through, checking if the name was actually given. If not, it cycles through its prompts, each time a bit differently, ensuring the chat doesn’t stall or turn sour.

Benefits of Targeted Information Retrieval

This method of targeted retrieval is highly effective in several contexts:

  • Customer Support: Quickly obtaining customer names can personalize support and expedite service.
  • Sign-up Processes: Ensuring necessary information is collected efficiently during user onboarding.
  • Data Collection: Enhancing the accuracy of data collection in surveys or interactive forms.

Prompting ChatGPT to persistently ask for specific information like a user’s name demonstrates the power of conversational AIs to perform targeted tasks effectively. This not only enhances user experience but also supports business processes by ensuring that crucial information is gathered efficiently. As AI technology evolves, the potential applications of such capabilities will expand, offering more sophisticated tools for digital interaction and data handling🎈

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