It begs the question: Can ChatGPT be used ethically for content creation?
The short answer: Yes.
But it does raise concern among my website-owner buddies (Solo-Build-It!) as a few folks feel (rightly so) that all the content they've created over the years using their own blood, sweat, and tears, is now being made available (albeit regurgitated) at zero to minimal cost to other users?
You see, blog post material is available now - to all - with a few clicks on the keyboard, aka as a "prompt."
It all began with machine learning done on large language models as a way to predict... (to mimic) what people say or write.
After years of devouring content, its sophisticated output is simply amazing. But can ChatGPT be used ethically for website content?
Read further on about "Trust, but Verify."
How did it all start? I honestly suggest you get a copy of Amy Webb's book.
It's called "The Big Nine," which deftly describes AI's origin and intended purpose(s).
The book is frightening, yet reassuring at the same time - if that's possible.
This is directly from ChatGPT as I didn't know how to adequately describe what "Large Language Models" are:
The term "large" typically refers to the size and complexity of the model, which is often measured by the number of parameters it contains.
Models with billions of parameters, like GPT-3 or GPT-4, are considered large language models. These models can perform a wide range of tasks, such as answering questions, generating text, summarizing content, and translating languages, among others.
Large Language Models have advanced significantly in recent years, with improvements in training techniques and computational resources, resulting in more accurate and useful AI language capabilities.
The use of artificial intelligence language models, such as ChatGPT in academic writing is raising ethical concerns, such as the ability to avoid getting a failing grade on a research paper.
To me, that defeats the object of having a brain. What's the point of having a brain and learning a skill, if a test-taker can simply search the net and copy and paste in answers - and pass? Where's the wisdom and usefulness in that?
Can ChatGPT be used ethically for test taking? After all, we're relying on machine memory and not our own memory. Talk about a cheat sheet where you can answer test questions using an AI program that provides human-like responses that fool teachers. Not anymore.
I asked ChatGPT this question (feeling somewhat awkward): "What steps are teachers taking to avoid students using AI to take tests for them?"
By employing these strategies, teachers can create a more secure testing environment and encourage students to develop genuine understanding and critical thinking skills.
Many proponents of AI's use beyond educational institutions, such as in the medical field, created quite a stir in the UK when data scraping took place on patients' records - without their consent or knowledge.
The sensitive information would be used to aid doctors in reaching better and faster diagnoses. Such technology was intended to help, not hurt.
Granted, decades ago we balked at using a calculator, thinking we'd forget how to multiply and subtract (on paper) but there's no way the average person knows the square root of 234 off the top of their head, and we were grateful for pocket-sized calculators.
BTW, the answer is 15.297058. Thanks, Texas Instruments.
OK, another awkward moment here (as I use AI to get answers!): I asked ChatGPT this: "Was ChatGPT originally intended as an AI Chatbot?" Before I provide its answer, I want to add here that I had two typos in my original prompt... but ChatGPT knew what I meant...
Back to me: Thus, an artificial intelligence chatbot was born. By the way, ChatGPT was "open source" as a non-profit, but is now owned by Microsoft. Elon Musk had a huge hand in OpenAI when it truly was open source.
So we're back to the question: Can ChatGPT be used ethically if all we do is spew out content that comes from who knows where? It has to learn it from somewhere, it needs training data.
The first step was to read the past few decades' worth of pages and pages of internet stuff. Data security didn't seem to matter as the content was "out there" freely for anyone to read, right?
A search engine brings back content related to your search (prompt). In the early days, there were issues with sentence structure and false information output. It's getting better and better, with every passing...second. (Not days, weeks, or months... but seconds - probably nano-seconds).
Social media has been abuzz with Elon Musk's proclamation to "put AI on pause." His fear is how fast AI can learn and predict without needing human instruction. How quickly will it reach the point of critical thinking, bypassing human intervention?
There's no doubt that ChatGPT is a useful tool in creating a first draft - all the way to a final draft - as it creates human-like text responses.
In the writing process, always edit your AI-generated content and fact-check it if you're still wondering "Can ChatGPT be used ethically" to create content.
If you run it through the likes of Originality.ai, then the answer is yes. How so? It will force you to rewrite content so that it is "your own" (version).
There is a growing fear that copy editors and writers will be out of a job. These generative AI tools have become 'the norm' for composing books, live chats, and creating music!
Use ChatGPT to write song lyrics, and then try an AI-assisted music app, and hey presto! You're a best-selling song artist.
But not so fast.
It still takes human intelligence to ask (prompt) AI models to give us the output we can use, with ethical considerations to all concerned, in all industries.
OMG, I was so excited (and still am!) about the ability to use ChatGPT and other AI technology to help me write blog posts. Gone are the days of the blank screen and blinking cursor.
My first jaunt into AI was through "Jasper," formerly known as Jarvis. That was back in August of 2022. I was mesmerized by how helpful AI was, in getting over writer's block when all that came to mind were "two steps" to dehydrating herbs at home.
I simply asked Jasper to give me all the steps necessary, complete with instructions, on how to grow and dehydrate herbs using a dehydrator. My freebie eBook was born!
It's up to you, then, to verify the content. Reminds me of the great late Ronald Reagan when he said:
"Trust, but verify."
But how do you verify? Yep, you do an internet search. It's a vicious cycle, really. There will come a time (if it's not already here) that we have to trust what we read.
Google searches will only bring back what people deem to be "the right answer" because they remained at a certain SERP result/page for 'x' amount of minutes, causing it to rank higher and (appear to) be trustworthy.
The use of ChatGPT shouldn't make you afraid. It's just a new tool, like the calculator. Admittedly, it's a massive industry "disruptor" that provides new ways to create content for an ever-thirsty content-ridden market.
I know, every guy and his dog has a blog. That's why I wanted to write this page. My website host, Solo-Build-It!, has released "Tai," (Transformative AI) which will help us SBIers create even more outstanding blog posts with the aid of AI.
Thanks for stopping by to read "Can ChatGPT be used ethically for content creation." I hope you found it encouraging.
The author, Susan Gast, researched this topic by either using Bard by Google, Claude 2 by Anthropic, along with Tai by Solo-Build-It! which accesses GPT-4 by OpenAI. The author then wrote this entire article - optimizing its content and value for you the reader - inside of Tai. As such, she takes ultimate responsibility for the content of this publication. Midjourney (and occasionally Leonardo) also helped her bring back stunning AI images for you to feast your eyes on. Also, utilizing AI as an assistant means Susan can write better, more interesting articles - just for you - on a regular basis.