Have you tried out ChatGPT?

There has been a lot written about ChatGPT (see some NY Times links below). Earlier this week, one of my sons placed the following prompt:

“Write me a funny poem about a doctor from Atlanta who deals with diarrhea all day long”

This is the ChatGPT response:

There once was a doctor from Atlanta
Whose patients all suffered from diarrhea
They came in by the dozens
Leaving behind a stench that was quite humbling
But this doctor was quite unflappable

He had a cure for every case
And a smile on his face
As he worked tirelessly
To help each patient feel less queasy

His office was filled with the sounds of relief
As patients left feeling much less grief
They praised his skill and his bedside manner
And promised to spread the word about this Atlanta diarrhea-banner

So if you’re in Atlanta and feeling quite ill
And your stomach is acting quite shrill
Don’t hesitate, don’t be shy
Just make your way to this doctor’s side
And say goodbye to that diarrhea for good!

NY Times Articles:

“It can extrapolate and take ideas from different contexts and merge them together.” The new chatbots do this with what seems like complete confidence. But they do not always tell the truth. Sometimes, they even fail at simple arithmetic. They blend fact with fiction. And as they continue to improve, people could use them to generate and spread untruths.

An example cited in this article:

My take: ChatGPT (& similar programs) is a huge technological advance. In educational settings, it could help explain complicated topics. Of course, there is a concern that it could undermine education if students do not go through the process of doing their own work. In healthcare, it is possible that these programs could advance patient education and help in the diagnostic process.

Another example (on 12/16/22) -this took less than 30 seconds: