Just Following Up
➔ In last month’s Tearsheet we talked about artificial intelligence (AI) and in particular ChatGPT. We thought it might be interesting to engage ChatGPT and ask it to write a follow-up piece on that article. So we asked it: Write a follow-up article on the following. (We inserted last month’s article here.)
In less than 20 seconds, this is what it produced – as is, unedited, including the headline.
The Rise of AI Content: What Does it Mean for Writers?
The advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) have been nothing short of astonishing in recent years. From self-driving cars to virtual assistants, AI is revolutionizing the way we live and work. One area that has seen significant progress is the field of content creation, where AI-powered tools are now able to generate high-quality content with remarkable speed and accuracy.
One such tool is ChatGPT, an AI language model created by OpenAI. As we discussed in our previous article, ChatGPT is capable of producing written content on a wide range of topics, from essays to news articles. In fact, it has already passed medical, business, and law exams, as well as scored higher than the average college student on the SAT.
But what does this mean for writers? Will AI-powered content creation eventually replace human writers altogether?
The short answer is no, at least not in the near future. While AI-powered content creation tools like ChatGPT are certainly impressive, they are not yet capable of replicating the creative and critical thinking skills that are inherent in human writers.
For one, AI-generated content is only as good as the data it has been trained on. While ChatGPT has access to a vast amount of information, it still lacks the context and nuance that comes from human experience. For example, it may be able to write a summary of a scientific paper, but it cannot interpret the significance of the results in the same way a human researcher would.
Furthermore, AI-generated content is still prone to errors and inaccuracies. As we saw with CNET's AI-written articles, there is a risk of factual errors and plagiarism if the tool is not properly calibrated or monitored.
That being said, there are certainly areas where AI-powered content creation tools can be useful. For example, they can be used to generate reports or summaries of data, freeing up human writers to focus on more complex tasks. They can also be useful for generating content in multiple languages or for creating content at scale, such as for e-commerce or marketing purposes.
In the end, the rise of AI-powered content creation tools like ChatGPT is a reminder that technology is constantly evolving, and that writers will need to adapt in order to stay relevant. While AI may not replace human writers entirely, it is likely to change the way we work and create content in the years to come. The key will be to embrace these changes and find ways to work alongside AI to create the best possible content for our audiences.
“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
— Plato (427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher
John Deere relies on space technology such as GPS which lets self-driving tractors navigate fields, and for space-based earth imaging. Some companies are even launching satellites to measure soil moisture, which can help farmers increase crop yields.
— deere.com and others
Words and their meanings
➔ The word “gaslighting” (or gaslight) has been in the cultural zeitgeist for some years and it’s been in the language since the early 19th Century. More recently, Merriam-Webster has now declared it the word of the year for 2022.
CNN reports that the dictionary company defines gaslight as “the act or practice of grossly misleading someone, especially for one’s own advantage.” Gaslighting is a manipulative tactic that one can use to make others think they’re wrong for a “larger plan,” per Merriam-Webster. Additionally, gaslighting encompasses other terms signifying misinformation like “deep-fakes” and “fake news.”
“Some people don’t want to be fixed because being broken gets them attention.”
In honor of Easter. In 1953, it took 27 hours to create one PEEPS Marshmallow Chick. Today, that same process takes just six minutes.
Is it drafty in here? NCAA senior football players drafted by an NFL team: about one in 50, or 2.0 percent. High school senior players eventually drafted by an NFL team: about nine in 10,000, or 0.09 percent.
— Syracuse University
Lederhosen optional. The game of Chinese Checkers, or Sternhalma, was invented in Germany in 1892.
— Mental Floss
Narrowing the gap. Never-married women in the U.S. earned 92 percent of what never-married men earned in 2022.
Mark your calendars. One year from now, on April 8, 2024, there will be a total solar eclipse over North America.
— Morning Brew
In name only. 80 Percent of the seeds used in the production of mustard in Dijon, France are imported from Canada.
— The History Guy
Woof. After more than three decades, French Bulldogs have replaced the Labrador Retriever as the most popular dog in the U.S.
— Fox News
On the other hand… New Zealand has more cats per person than any other country in the world.
— 95 Fun Facts
Till death do us… A Pennsylvania couple recently celebrated 57 years of wedded bliss – except for that time in 1983 when the wife unsuccessfully hired a hitman to murder her husband.
You’ve got mail! A Chinese man learned that the woman who was his online girlfriend for more than a year was actually his best friend’s wife.
— Oddity Central
The Month of April
Month of the Month
A fine month April, but that doesn’t stop it from being International Twit Award Month. Think that’s funny? You should. It’s also National Humor Month. It’s not funny, but National Pickleball Month sure sounds funny. Don’t appreciate any of that and want to take it outside? OK. It’s National Walking Month.
The Tearsheet normally publishes on the 15th of every month – except when the 15th falls on weekends. You think you know what April 15 is? Sure. It’s Take a Wild Guess Day. Of course, it’s tax day in the U.S. so it would naturally follow that April 15 is also That Sucks Day.
Today on the other hand, April 17, is Blah! Blah! Blah! Day.
Question of the Month
What is Volkwagen’s most commonly sold product?
It’s impossible to drive you to the answer.
Quote of the Month
“The most offensive comedy is harmless when compared with even the most well-intentioned censorship.”
— Seth Dillon,
CEO, Babylon Bee
A Gridiron MBA?
Maybe that’s not possible, but there is much you can learn about business from football in the book, Hard Hitting Lessons. The subtitle says it all, “Some not-so-obvious business lessons learned from playing football.”
Get your copy here!