Can ChatGPT Make One Taller? Asking for a friend…

All at once, it seems this chatty, Generative Pre-Trained Transformer (ChatGPT) can do miraculous things.

But no, it can’t make one taller. I checked. However, it can produce approximately 200 non-shaming words within minutes, in a conversational tone* about how I could feel better being vertically challenged.

Any child in the history of childhood, whose fervent wish for “someone who would just write this sciency thing for me” (AKA homework due in an hour), has willed ChatGPT into existence. I’m sure of it.

This is the day I wished for when I was eleven! And now it’s scary.

*The reading-voice of said words sounding exactly like “Sonny” in I, Robot is purely coincidental and resides entirely in my head.

Pros? Maybe…

  • Remember those interview questions you used to ask, probing if the person you intended to hire was skilled in Excel enough to #vlookup or #sumif? No longer necessary. ChatGPT will identify columns, cells, and what-not, and write that darned formula for anyone who asks, without complaint.
  • Writer’s block? A thing of the past. ChatGPT will write pages for you on any subject. Although, due in part to an annoying lack of a “source of truth,” it may sometimes give you “plausible-sounding but incorrect or nonsensical answers” based on current limitations.** But hey, at least it’s trying. As opposed to you sitting with your pen – yes, pen – and tortured eyes, staring at a blank page for hours, saying dramatic and wholly human things like “I can’t write a thing. I’m ruined forever!” 
  • The guardians of this platform promise every effort to have it refuse “inappropriate requests” that result in “harmful instruction or biased behavior.”** Thank goodness! Every other search engine in existence that allows you to ask anything you want at any time, should be ashamed and try harder. 

**All references to ChatGPT’s limitations are from their website ChatGPT: Optimizing Language Models for Dialogue (openai.com)

Cons? I Wonder…

With this platform’s release in November 2022, there are concerned writers, editors, educators, parents, and ever-favorite politicians making serious and stress-inducing statements about their craft, their children, and that ever-frightful Future Path.

There is much talk:       

  • Of banning access in the halls of academia due to impending Intelligence Atrophy
  • Of writers no longer being called upon to write
  • Of Actual Talent now being an option for artists
  • Of the need for editors who will search & destroy all “AI Speak” in writing so the Human Element can live on

There are multitudes of people on YouTube and TikTok being helpful showing you how to make hundreds of dollars weekly using ChatGPT. Surely this is not a con. I would love to confirm these lucrative endeavors as soon as I’m invited back to its capacity*** within the Generative Pre-Trained Transformer (GPT), as it has now become clear I need to understand its potential for sarcasm.

***ChatGPT is currently plagued with capacity issues due to popularity.

What To Think?

As ChatGPT is powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and language processing technology, it does not purport to take the place of Original Content. Are we panicking for nothing? Are we giving it more power than it intends to have because we fear that unknown “thing?”

Will it one day be able to write as I did here? Playing on childhood experiences, using upper case and parentheses and bullet points outside the rules to prove a ridiculous notion, create a feeling, an eye roll, a smirk?

I like to believe humanity will find a way to stay human as we have done for millennia.

I’m giving myself the liberty of existing in the unknown. It’s an oddly human thing, this freedom to choose a course of action within oneself. I will never be taller, and I may perhaps lose my craft to a ChatGPT “esque” AI innovation that, one day, may compute the humanness of being human. Until then, much in the sage voice of Jennifer Saunders as the Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2, I say…

“I don’t care whose fault this was, just get it sorted! And could someone please bring me something deep fried and smothered in chocolate??!!”

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