What is ChatGPT and Why You Should Care, Or Not

With so many emails from media insiders coming into my inbox about ChatGpt, I had to ask myself What is ChatGPT and Why Should I or You Care, Or Not? 

Mostly I’ve been ignoring the articles because, honestly anything that has to do with Artificial Intelligence (AI), especially the Artificial part, makes me cringe. I know I’m risking sounding too old school, but I admit I am old school. It just seems like one more thing that I have to know about in my busy day of just trying to get through the to-do list.

So, if you are sort of wondering what it is, but are too busy just doing your job, I thought I’d do the research for you. That way, the next time you’re at a networking thing you won’t have to pretend to know. And, well, maybe you do already know and I’m being repetitive or taking too long to catch on–but well, like I said, I try to ignore artificial things in general. I’d rather have live plants than fake plants–you get the idea.

From the Encyclopedia Britannica, Britannica.com, ChatGPT is software, “that allows a user to ask it questions using conversational, or natural, language. It was released on November 30, 2022, by the American company OpenAI.” 

According to the reference source, academics, journalists and other people were worried that it would be hard to tell the difference between human writing and ChatGPT writing. The software was launched with an offer for a free account and helps with writing essays and tests. According to Britannica, it is not always accurate and many professors are concerned students will use it as a way to cheat on homework and exams. It appears, according to some articles, that this is already happening.

Online creators are using the software to automatically write emails on Microsoft, Salesforce and TikTok. I guess with all the focus on social media and getting your word out, it would help to cut down on the work involved with creating content. But, I ask, don’t we already have enough content out there and is this just another way to spam our inboxes? 

Like I said, I’m not a big advocate on anything artificial. I’d rather have the genuine article and that includes talking to a real live human being. This might be another step into the Star Wars, Star Trek future some are trying to create, but is this the right or wrong direction? What do you think?

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