ChatGPT comes up in discussion with almost every class I go to, every instructor I talk to, and every conversation I have with someone. Though to be completely honest, I’ve never used it before. I’ve only seen and heard what it can do through others. So, what is it?
What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot created by OpenAI. It was released back in November 2022 and has become a hot topic of conversation. This AI has been trained to interact in a conversational manner, answering your questions and more with simple prompts (OpenAI, 2023).
From what I’ve heard, it’s great for writing outlines and policy-type content, but it cannot beat the heart and soul you would find in human-written content. I mean, it makes sense. AI isn’t human; it’s artificial intelligence for a reason.
Using ChatGPT: Should I? Would I?
Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve never used ChatGPT before. I’ve only heard lots about it.
Should I start using it? That depends. It depends on what I would use it for and if it would benefit me in any way. As a Communication student, I write lots of papers, but would I ask ChatGPT to write my papers for me? Probably not.
I’ve witnessed the tangents which these chatbots go through when you ask them to write papers, and they aren’t the greatest—generic and surface-level you could say.
At most, I’d probably use ChatGPT for inspiration to write my papers; ask it to write me an outline on the given topic and then work through it myself from there. I could also use it to write posts for ‘My 2 A.M.s’ but what fun would that be?
Two A.M. Thoughts: AI-edition?
The things that come to my mind at two in the morning are my thoughts and my thoughts only. They aren’t based in any facts or related information. Rather, they’re based in my experiences and my personal thoughts. How could a chatbot write up my posts for me? Let’s give it a try.
You’re seeing this first—the first time I’m using ChatGPT—so let’s see what it can do.
I’ve asked ChatGPT to ‘write me a blog post about a thought that came to mind at two in the morning.’ The following blurb is what it wrote me, titled ‘Late Night Thought Jotting’:
It’s two in the morning and you’re lying in bed, staring at the ceiling, when suddenly a thought pops into your head. It’s one of those thoughts that seems so profound in the moment, but by the time you wake up the next morning, it’s completely slipped your mind. So what do you do? Do you ignore it and go back to sleep, or do you get up and write it down?
In my experience, the best course of action is to get up and write it down. Sure, it might be tempting to just roll over and go back to sleep, but that thought might be the seed of something truly great. It could be the beginning of a new idea, a breakthrough in your work, or a realization about yourself or the world around you.
It’s important to capture these thoughts when they occur because they’re often fleeting. Our brains are constantly processing information, and sometimes those thoughts that seem so important in the moment can disappear just as quickly as they came.
Writing down your thoughts is a great way to keep track of them and to explore them further. You might find that the thought leads to new insights or ideas, or it might just be a random musing that doesn’t go anywhere. Either way, by taking the time to write it down, you’re giving yourself the chance to explore it further.
Of course, getting up at two in the morning to write down a thought isn’t always practical. If you can’t get out of bed, try using a note-taking app on your phone to capture the thought. You can even use the voice recorder to capture your thoughts if you don’t feel like typing.
Ultimately, the key is to take the thought seriously. Don’t dismiss it as just another passing fancy. You never know when a seemingly insignificant thought might turn into something great. By taking the time to capture and explore it, you’re giving yourself the chance to discover something new and exciting. So next time you find yourself lying in bed at two in the morning with a profound thought, take the time to write it down. Who knows where it might lead you? (Open AI, 2023).
AI-generated blog posts? My thoughts.
I don’t know what I was expecting from ChatGPT… and I don’t know how to feel about it. For one thing, it took the prompt literally, writing an entire blog post on what to do with thoughts that come to mind in the middle of the night. Mind you, it’s a computer writing this, so I’m not too surprised.
To be honest, this is something I could see myself writing on. But again, it addresses middle-of-the-night thoughts as if it’s catering to an audience of outside readers. I, however, want to write as if I’m talking to myself. I want to develop my digital garden and make this experience one for me.
Overall, ChatGPT has its potential. Should I use it for my blog posts? I don’t think I should use it to write entire posts for me, but would I use it for my blog posts? Maybe. I could entertain it for ideas. For now, I’ll just have to experiment and see what else it can do.
OpenAI. (2023). Introducing ChatGPT. https://openai.com/blog/chatgpt