Chat PBF

You know how when you hear something new and before you have experienced it firsthand, you’ve made a judgement about it? I’ll say we are all “guilty” of that, and I use the word “guilty” because it’s never great to “pre-judge” something before having enough data to make a fair observation. However, I’ll give us a all a free pass, mostly because our worlds are filled with so much data that, in order to keep our sanity, we must be able to form snap judgements. The alternative is to be constantly overwhelmed by all our brains take in.

When I first heard about ChatGPT (and I can tell it’s a “new thing” since Word is still underlining it in red), I thought, “Wow, this is cool” for about the first second or two. Then my mind veered off into the potential negative aspects, considering implications for the education industry, and then about people who are employed writing for a living, and then to these nefarious AI bots exterminating the human race. There, that didn’t take long for me to get to Armageddon.

As an avid reader and amateur writer, I found myself a bit scornful, feeling superior to this new tech “gimmick,” again, before experiencing it myself. AI can’t harness the creativity and uniqueness of the human mind, how could it?

It was my thought (imitating Ian Bogost from The Atlantic) to ask ChatGPT to write a blog post in the style of Paula Fargo. If the AI bots could even find the blogs I wrote over the years that only my mother and husband actually read, that would be Miracle One. If anything were actually written, I would post it in one of my actual blogs, sneering at how lame the effort was, and won’t that be a funny demonstration of how there is nothing to worry about! Nothing to see here!

I waited a few seconds while ChatGPT “thought” and searched for my humble blogs, and then it came up with this in about 10 seconds:

Hi everyone!

It’s Paula Fargo here, back with another blog post filled with tips, tricks, and insights to help you live your best life.

Today, I want to talk about the power of positive thinking. We’ve all heard the saying, “Think positive and positive things will happen,” but how many of us actually put this into practice? The truth is, our thoughts have a powerful impact on our lives, and by focusing on the good, we can attract more positivity into our lives.

One simple way to get started with positive thinking is to make a gratitude list each day. Write down three things you’re thankful for and focus on why you’re grateful for them. This practice helps shift your focus from negative thoughts to positive ones and can improve your overall mood and outlook on life.

Another way to practice positive thinking is to surround yourself with positive people. Seek out friends, family members, or even online communities who uplift and support you. This will help create a positive environment and keep you motivated on your journey to living a happy, fulfilling life.

Finally, remember that positive thinking takes practice. It’s not always easy, especially when life gets tough, but by making it a habit, you can train your brain to focus on the good and attract more positivity into your life.

In conclusion, positive thinking is a powerful tool that can transform your life. So, start small by making a gratitude list and surrounding yourself with positive people, and watch as your life starts to improve.

Until next time, stay positive and live your best life!

I’m speechless. Literally. I mean, why would I want to say anything at all when a jumped-up computer program can say it well and so quickly!?

Yes, it’s a bit bland. Agree, not much personality shows through. Is it somewhat trite? Ok, maybe a little. But still…

Would I use it? Maybe, but I think I’d feel pretty icky about it. It’s cheating, right? I’m not sure how I feel about all of it.

However, my first comments stand…don’t necessarily make snap judgments before gathering more data; you might be surprised at the conclusions.

About the author

I am a third generation printer, and a second generation owner of Curry Printing. Ink (pms 185!) must run through my veins! As a "working owner," I am at Curry every day, working in and on my business. The old adage is true...if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life!

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