What Really Grinds My Gears: ChatGPT

What Really Grinds My Gears

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Welcome back to another edition of What Really Grinds My Gears. I started this series recently and was unsure whether I would continue it. I honestly just wanted to rant about something. But some of you really enjoyed it and encouraged me to write more What Really Grinds My Gears posts. Luckily for those of you who want to see more of these posts, it turns out I am a pretty angry person and lots of things grind my gears. In fact, I already have three posts ready to post after this one. Today’s post will be about ChatGPT.

By the way, if you can’t tell by the gif, this series was inspired by Family Guy’s Peter Griffin.

ChatGPT

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Unless you have been living under a rock, it’s likely you’ve heard about ChatGPT which seems to have taken the world by storm. It offers a lot of things to its users but that’s not what this post is about. This post is about ChatGPT’s AI writing feature. Recently, I’ve been seeing more and more platforms offer AI writing services. And ChatGPT seems to be one of the more popular ones at the moment. I’ve been seeing posts written about it and by it all over WordPress. And you know what, That really grinds my gears.

There are two specific reasons for my anger/irritation. Firstly, for years I’ve seen peoples jobs be given away to technology. And as annoying as I found that, it didn’t particularly effect me. People have been trying to replace their workers with as much technology as possible for a long time because it saves them money. But what about these workers? The damage this is doing is showing more and more over the years. People can’t find work no matter how many degrees they have and how qualified they are because the market has become so incredibly completive. The reason for this is that there are less and less jobs available for people (among other reasons of course).

Even if we had the technology to do certain jobs instead of actual people I don’t think we should take that option. People need those jobs even the most minimal ones. Not technology. And when I see AI writing it pisses me off so much. I don’t know how many of you reading this identify as writers but it’s insanely difficult to get work as a writer as it is. And now with this technology, it’s going to make it even worse for writers.

I also feel that we should not be relying on technology this much. There is no doubt that technology has been incredibly helpful for humans. But like with all good things, it comes with its own problems. And being so reliant on technology will be very problematic in the long run.

Final Thoughts

I’m not trying to shade anyone use AI writing methods on their blog or anywhere else. Of course, that’s your choice. And I do like technology although I think we need to be a little careful not to rely on it too much. These are just my thoughts on the matter and since this is a “What Really Grinds My Gears” post I decided to talk about the negative effects of AI.

I think AI has its pros and cons like all technology. However, I think writers do have a reason to feel threatened when they see businesses choosing to use AI instead of hiring real people for writing jobs. I certainly feel threatened and I feel like this will effect my Lifesfinewhine’s Services as well.

And lastly, I want to end by saying that I don’t think AI can ever replace or replicate the human touch that is given when one writes their own content. Or when something is written by a human. For me, blogging is about the experience. If there comes a day when I have to rely on AI to write my posts, I’m just going to shut this site down. What’s the point of blogging if you don’t actually blog?

What do you think about AI? What do you think about ChatGPT? How do you feel about AI writing blog posts, business ads and more? Let me know any thoughts you have on this topic because I’m very curious to hear your thoughts. Or simply stop by and say hi!

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173 thoughts on “What Really Grinds My Gears: ChatGPT

  1. Hey Pooja! I’m here to depress you. LOL! So you are right. And Renaissance Man and I are concerned about the AI that is taking over. He met a man on a plane who was talking about AI. It was so interesting that I will have to post about it. Basically, he said AI will take over all jobs except plumbers, carpenters, and construction type jobs and I’m sure there are others. So yes as writers our job is threatened. The man was saying some day it will be frowned upon if you work. As far as writers go, I am hearing writer friends using Google AI to make an audio book for free. Let’s not forget in the early 2000s how Google tried to copy every book in the world. Then I don’t like the AI art book covers. I’m sure they will get better as AI learns, but I’m with you I want to hire a human for that.

    1. Yeah, I think a lot of jobs are definitely in danger these days with AI getting better over time. We can keep saying that it can’t replicate the human touch but the truth is a lot of companies don’t care about that and would rather have cheap writing from AI than people. Personally, I’m all for hiring people too. People are the ones that need a job.

  2. I couldn’t agree more with you! I see absolutely no point in having an AI writing your blog posts or articles because as you say, what matters most is the human experience and feelings, something that the AI completely lacks, regardless of how beautiful and well-constructed the sentences are. Also, as translator I am particularly “at risk” of being replaced by machines, but I can say with absolute certainty right now that what an AI can offer is nowhere near the same thing as a professional can do – but sadly our world goes towards “spending less” and not “spending better”!

    1. Yes, I think as a translator it may be a bit more “dangerous.” I think it’s one of the main things technology is sort of taking over. But yeah not anytime soon. Thank you!

  3. Pooja, so happy to have found your blog. AI is certainly an existential threat. The stick part is, we cannot control what other people create and, for some reason, they really want to create a human in non-human form. The issue is rife with ethical dilemmas but what industry isn’t these days? This is not an excuse for unethical people, but more of a critic on our current moment in history. I’ve used ChatGPT and, for someone that understands how to parse the value and validity of information, to me ChatGPT is like Google’s search engine on steroids. Unfortunately, many people do not have critical thinking skills. They will follow machines all the way to the cliff that machines will tell them is not a cliff, and then machines will calmly and quietly push them over the edge. While we cannot control the development of AI we can control how we implement its products. As other commenters and yourself have highlighted, the problem is how capitalism creates value. Fortunately, there are still freethinking people like us, and we will fight tooth and nail for humanity.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment.

      Yes, I think so as well. We can never control what others create but we can control ourselves and continue to fight. Technology can be great but without any balance as it is right now, it can be quite a destructive tool. Especially at the hands of capitalists who will do anything to make profits. Including lay off actual human workers. Yes, happy people like us are still around and fighting.

  4. Fortunately, I have been hibernating under a rock, so have managed to nimbly dodge the ChatGPT’s AI writing feature. I would not identify as a “writer” as that has never been my job, as much as I would love to make it as one more and more …
    In my opinion I think getting others to write on ones behalf can save time and improve efficiency, but at the expense of authenticity. Only I am me, and whilst I may occasionally fail a CAPTCHA test, I assure you I am a real human. If the experience isn’t had by the writer, then how can they truly assess if the post captures what is needed for it to convey it in the best light for the spirit of their blog. Humans should use technology. But it should be a tool and not the master in creation. It should assist, but not replace humans. Let’s face it we created it, so why can’t we just be a bit more lazy with it helping us ?

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