Fans of porting modern applications and games to outdated devices have arrived at the ChatGPT chatbot, which is based on Open AI’s generative neural network. Not so long ago, the WinGPT application appeared on the Internet, which allows you to interact with the Open AI algorithm on devices running Windows 3.1, which was released more than 30 years ago.
According to available data, the author of the application is a developer who previously created Windle, a clone of the popular browser game Wordle for Windows 3.1. “I didn’t want my 1993 Gateway 4DX2-66 to be left out of the AI revolution, so I built an AI bot for Windows 3.1 based on the Open AI API.”– The developer himself, whose name remains a mystery, has commented on this issue.
The WinGPT application is written in the C programming language using the standard Windows API. The connection to the Open AI server is carried out using the TLS 3.1 encryption standard, so interacting with the neural network does not require an additional computer with a modern operating system. Because Windows 3.1 supports a small amount of memory, WinGPT can only give brief answers to user requests, regardless of context. It is also known that the shortcut for WinGPT was created in Borland Image Editor, a Microsoft Paint clone with the ability to create ICO files.
“I built most of the UI directly in C, which means every element was hand-crafted in code. I was surprised that the set of standard controls that can be used by any Windows 3.1 software is incredibly limited. You have some of the controls you would expect — buttons, checkboxes, radio buttons, editable fields — but all the other controls you might need, including those used by the operating system itself, are unavailable.”added the author of the WinGPT application.
Anyone with a Windows 3.1 computer can download WinGPT from dialup.net. The application runs on 16-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows 3.1 with a Winsock implementation.