Unlocking the True Power of Generative AI: Ditching Paid AI Services for Free Services

Nick Sokol, PhD
4 min readJul 19

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As artificial intelligence continues to revolutionize various industries, generative AI platforms have emerged as a valuable resource for generating text, code, and creative content. Contrary to popular belief, paying for AI services is not always necessary, as you can achieve the same results for free by directly engaging with generative AI platforms. In this article, we’ll delve into the art of extracting the most from generative AI by mastering key skills such as question phrasing, requesting follow-up information, seeking corrections, and fact-checking. Moreover, we’ll explore two additional techniques to maximize AI potential: analyzing paid AI sites and leveraging multiple generative AI platforms for diverse resources.

1. Mastering Question Phrasing

The cornerstone of harnessing generative AI lies in framing your questions effectively. Be specific, clear, and concise in your prompts to receive accurate and relevant responses. Avoid ambiguity to extract the desired information precisely and efficiently, as if you were requesting it from a paid AI service.

2. Asking for Follow-Up Information

Direct interaction with generative AI platforms enables you to delve deeper into topics by asking follow-up questions. This feature allows you to customize responses and explore various angles, akin to a dialogue with a paid AI service, but without the added cost. For example, let’s say you are interested in exploring the total market value of a particular product. You can ask any generative AI platform: “What’s the total market value for Ice Cream in the United States.” You can then follow up with more detailed questions, such as: “Where are ice cream sales the highest in the United States?” and more.

3. Requesting Corrections

Generative AI models can occasionally generate errors or inaccuracies. The ability to request corrections ensures that the output is of high quality and reliability, replicating the refinement process provided by paid AI services. If an AI provides an output that looks odd, be sure to write a prompt that asks for a specific type of rewrite. For…

Nick Sokol, PhD

I write about Sustainability, ClimateTech, Entrepreneurialism, Technology, and Software Engineering.