I was flabbergasted by the attitude and behavior of a PhD candidate who was gleefully singing the praises of ChatGPT.
While many heads of institutions of learning are busy pulling their hair out to determine how to prevent their students from deploying ChatGPT to do their work, some, like this PhD candidate friend of mine, seem to think ChatGPT is a godsend.
“Get ChatGPT to write my dissertation, which I will then re-write using my own words. It still counts as original research no?”
Literally jumping up and down with orgasmic delight.
Mental masturbation in full swing.
PhD dissertation written by ChatGPT!
What a nut!
I know thinking is hard work, that’s why so few people do it.
But it’s amazing how many people are willing to give up thinking totally.
Our Ministry of Education appears to think that ChatGPT is the best shit since sliced bread. Napoleon Chan, Education Minister, mumbled some gibberish about it that I couldn’t really decipher. I believe he has capitulated and accepts that students are going to use ChatGPT, so let’s live with it but lets’ set boundaries, or something like that. Correct me if I’m wrong.
The civil service is embracing ChatGPT too, and doing so quite shamlessly!
Open Government Products, an experimental development arm of the Government that supposedly builds technology for the public, is rolling out ChatGPT to the civil service.
A senior project manager at OGP, told the press that ChatGPT aims to ease the load on civil servants when they write and do research. “We want to free officers up for higher-level tasks. This bot can help them get over that tough first draft, or speed up their work by creating sample e-mails or even speeches,” he added.
Given the intelligence – or lack thereof – of most of our civil servants, I am not surprised at this move.
The thing is, ChatGPT is not just a tool that encourages and enables plagiarism, it could be exploited by crooks too.
Several IT experts have already warned that such sophisticated chatbots could soon be used by criminals to scam, hack and carry out malicious attacks.
And it is only “a matter of time” before Singapore is the subject of such an attack, one expert added.
“Many of these scammers operate out of countries where English is not the first language,” said Dr Edmund Lee, Assistant Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.
“They could simply ask chatbots to rewrite their content, and this is certainly much simpler and requires less effort than ‘googling’,” he said.
The avalanche of scammers weaponizing such tools will proliferate sooner than expected. A tsunami of similar chatbots are in the works. ChatGPT is just a tip of the iceberg. Google’s Bard is said to be more powerful than ChatGPT. Baidu, known as “China’s Google” plans to launch a chatbot in March. Plenty of startups, including Neeva and You.com, are already perfecting their products.
I will never use any of these chatbots to write my stuff – my moral compass is still working perfectly, thank you very much – but I may use them to search.
These chatbots will change the way I search, because they serve up answers, not links.
Google, be nervous!
Be very nervous.
Ask a chatbot what I could do if I have 10 days to spend in Casablanca, and it will cough up a detailed itinerary.
It would be fun to ask the same question of each of these chatbots and see what comes back!
Perfect for someone like me. I hate nothing more than asking a question and receiving a bunch of links in response.
Meantime, know that everything I write on this blog is a product of my blood, sweat and tears, and not some crap concocted by ChatGPT or its equivalents.