A blog post written by ChatGPT

Like so many, I’ve always been interested in Artificial Intelligence and what it can do. ChatGPT has certainly been everywhere in the news lately.

With my computer science background, I have asked it to write a number of programs for me. I’m just curious as to whether it could do the task. It’s a reminder that you need to be very specific about directions for the most accurate results. I’ve been impressed with the code it generates but it reminded me of so many assignments I marked in the past. No internal documentation!

Then, I turned to writing. It brought me back to Grade 6 or 7 when we had to write an original story. I was never a big writer but I was interested in vampires at the time so wrote a piece about that. I spent more than my usual 20 minutes on the writing and thought that I’d done a pretty good job. I was so deflated when I got a ZERO and a claim that I had plagiarized someone else’s work. I hadn’t but I’m guessing what I turned in was completely different from what my teacher had become accustomed to getting from me. I wish I’d asked her more or maybe I did – I can’t remember.

On This Week in Ontario Edublogs, Sue Bruyns and Diana Maliszewski had written blog posts for #oneword2023.

I hadn’t.

For today’s post, I asked ChatGPT to write a blog post for me about “technology in society” for my #oneword2023. Here’s the response. Full credit goes to ChatGPT. All that I did was copy and paste. I take no claim of original content!

My thoughts appear below …


OneWord2023: Technology

As we enter the new year, it’s important to reflect on the role that technology plays in our lives and how it will continue to shape the future. One word that embodies this idea is “technology.”

Over the past decade, technology has become an increasingly integral part of our daily routines. From smartphones and laptops to smart home devices and virtual assistants, it’s hard to imagine life without the convenience and connectivity that technology provides. But with great power comes great responsibility, and it’s important to consider the potential downsides of our reliance on technology as well.

One major issue to consider is the impact of technology on employment. Automation and artificial intelligence are making it possible for machines to take over tasks that were once the domain of human workers. While this can increase efficiency and reduce costs, it also has the potential to displace workers and contribute to income inequality. It’s important for businesses and policymakers to find ways to mitigate these negative effects and ensure that the benefits of technology are shared widely.

Another area to consider is the role of technology in shaping our society and culture. The internet and social media have transformed the way we communicate and access information, but they have also created new challenges, such as the spread of misinformation and the erosion of privacy. It’s important for individuals to be responsible digital citizens and for governments to put in place appropriate regulations to protect citizens’ rights online.

In conclusion, technology will undoubtedly continue to play a central role in our lives in the coming year and beyond. As we embrace the benefits it brings, it’s important to also be mindful of the potential downsides and take steps to address them. By striking a balance, we can ensure that technology serves as a positive force for the benefit of all.


As I look at it, this comes to mind…

  • Is there anything really said here?
  • In terms of my regular style, I’m thinking it stands out from what I normally do
    • There are no spelling or grammar mistakes
    • There are some nicely created paragraphs and punctuation seems to be correct
    • I think that I tend to write more and more one-sentence paragraphs these days
    • If it was truly me, this would be one of those times that I’d have a nuggeted list there
    • There is no graphic or photograph. I like graphics and photographs
  • It would be interesting to submit this to my old teacher and see the response
  • It sure was quick and easy to get something from the program that I could copy/paste
  • I can’t imagine submitting something this quick and easy for marks – I do have a conscience – it doesn’t take much reading these days for advice to teachers about how to handle it
  • ChatGPT did create something that was on topic and could pass as a blog post, I suppose
  • Would this pass as an article in any of technical sites that I read regularly?

Are my days as a blogger numbered?

BTW, here’s my photograph from Bar Point on a foggy morning

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9 thoughts on “A blog post written by ChatGPT

  1. While I’m incredibly impressed that you were able to do this (I wouldn’t even know where to start), I think that this reads more like a formal essay than a blog. While ChatGPT might be able to copy form, can it really copy voice? Is this what we might need most in blog posts? I know it’s largely your writing voice and style that draws me back to your posts each day. Curious what others think.

    Aviva

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    1. Hi Doug! I used ChaptGPT to respond to your post:

      I agree that it is important to consider the potential impacts of technology on employment and society, and to take steps to mitigate any negative effects. The rapid advancements in automation and artificial intelligence have the potential to greatly increase efficiency and productivity, but they also have the potential to displace human workers and contribute to income inequality. It’s crucial for businesses and policymakers to find ways to ensure that the benefits of technology are shared widely and that workers are protected.

      I also agree that it’s important to consider the role of technology in shaping our culture and society. The internet and social media have revolutionized the way we communicate and access information, but they have also brought about new challenges, such as the spread of misinformation and the erosion of privacy. It’s important for individuals to be responsible digital citizens and for governments to put in place appropriate regulations to protect citizens’ rights online.

      Overall, I think it’s important to strike a balance when it comes to technology. While it can bring many benefits, it’s important to also be mindful of the potential downsides and take steps to address them. By doing so, we can ensure that technology serves as a positive force for the benefit of all.

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    2. A response to your response by ChatGPT:
      Thank you for your compliment. As a language model, my main goal is to generate human-like text based on the input provided to me. I do not have personal experiences or a personal writing style, so my output may not have the same “voice” as a human blogger. However, my ability to generate coherent and coherently written text can be useful in a variety of contexts, including blog writing.

      That being said, having a distinct writing voice and style can be an important aspect of successful blogging, as it can help to establish a strong connection with readers and set a blog apart from others. A unique voice and style can also help to make a blog more memorable and engaging for readers. Ultimately, the importance of voice and style in blogging will depend on the specific goals and audience of the blog. 😉

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  2. That’s kind of you to notice and to say. I do try to change “my voice” according to post. I think that’s the luxury that I have for writing daily. Maybe that’s a direction that should be given to ChatGPT – “write blah blah blah in Doug’s voice”. If that works, then could I say “write blah blah blah in Edgar Allen Poe’s voice”? That’s one of my favourite authors. Thanks for making me thing this early on a Saturday morning, Aviva.

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  3. Good morning Doug! Hi Aviva!

    As Aviva noted, there is none of Doug Peterson’s voice in the AI generated text. Given the way AIs are developed, if the AI were taught using samples of Doug’s writing, the “Dougisms” would show in its output.

    The paragraphs it generated on technology are very general and incorporate zero examples to support the statements. There is nothing of the elementary claim-support model that we are taught from a very early age, and so the writing comes across as being pretty “empty“ and not very convincing. It’s kind of like bubblegum without any flavour. Yes, you can chew it, but why would you want to?

    There’s no doubt that there are many significant questions that have arisen recently resulting from chatGPT, and the surrounding discussions related to AI.

    Here is a link to a free course for those who might be interested:

    AI, Chatbots, and chatGPT for Teachers:
    https://nick-s-site-9a5e.thinkific.com/courses/aiteachers

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