What the hell is ChatGPT4?
Unless you’ve been vacationing on Mars since mid-March, you will have encountered the fanfare of the release of OpenAI’s ChatGPT4. Even if you haven’t been glued to social media, following the news, or paying attention to the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ emanating from friends and colleagues having a play with the this hyper-intelligent chatbot, you’ll have been exposed to its work.
Figures from early July show the staggering growth of ChatGPT4 users, and by extension the content being powered by our new online best friend.
- ChatGPT boasts over 100 million users — a figure it took other viral platforms such as TikTok (nine months) and Facebook (five years) much longer to achieve.
- 1.8 billion visits per month to the “chat” generator page
- ChatGPT4 is driven by 100 trillion parameters, dwarfing Version 3 by a factor of five.
OpenAI, the “human” brains behind ChatGPT describe their latest upgrade as a tool that:
[GPT-4] can solve difficult problems with greater accuracy, thanks to its broader general knowledge and problem solving abilities.
Friend or Foe?
Whether you believe ChatGPT4 is a modern day Frankenstein’s monster perverting human life and values, another step on the road to Skynet, Terminators and the machines taking over, or an invaluable addition to our thirst for constant evolution, should we, as writers, be afraid of where AI is taking us?
Can this trusty AI and its 100 trillion parameters really “out-write” me and anyone else plying this trade? Sure, it can spit something out faster than I can think it, but is the quality better?
Let’s put this hypothesis to the test for as a writer against extracts from some of my NewsBreak articles in a head-to-head battle, and see how it compares.
Test Case 1 — 5 Epic Interview Fails Seen From The Other Side of The Desk. What not to do if you want to get that dream job!
This is an extract from what I wrote:
What is your biggest job interview blunder?
Mine was having a cup of coffee when wearing a white shirt and thinking this was a good idea on a moving train. Yes, I spilt it down myself and had to endure the full interview, in Summer, without taking my jacket off. I don’t imagine it was a good look. And guess what? I didn’t get the job!
In my current day job, I run a department of around 30 professionals in a medium-size organisation of about 250 staff. I couldn’t give a precise number, but I’ve interviewed hundreds of potential employees during my career. Some fantastic people have come in, and a few bullets dodged in terms of characters you wouldn’t wish to meet in a dark alley!
As with many things though, it is the “epic fail” incidents that stick in your mind. In the interests of protecting the innocent, I will omit the names and places of these genuine incidents I’ve witnessed from the other side of the interview desk!
If you think these things don’t matter, think again. There is plenty of research showing the power of first impressions and how fast we form an opinion on someone. One estimate puts it at between 33 and 100 milliseconds!
Let’s get into my countdown of the Top 5 interview blunders and what you can do not to sabotage the chances of getting your next dream job.
Now for ChatGPT4, using the command: “Write an article about common job interview mistakes.” This is ChatGPT4’s attempt on the same topic:
Title: Avoiding the Top Job Interview Mistakes: Keys to Success
Job interviews are critical opportunities for candidates to make a lasting impression on potential employers. However, common mistakes during these interviews can hinder your chances of securing the job. By identifying and addressing these pitfalls, you can significantly increase your chances of interview success. In this article, we will delve into some of the most common job interview mistakes and provide valuable tips on how to avoid them.
One of the biggest mistakes candidates make is not adequately preparing for the interview. Failing to research the company, its values, culture, and the role you are applying for can leave a negative impression on the interviewer. To avoid this, thoroughly research the organization, understand its mission, vision, and recent achievements. Study the job description and tailor your answers to highlight relevant skills and experiences.
Lack of Confidence or Overconfidence:
Striking the right balance of confidence during an interview is crucial. Being too timid can convey a lack of self-assurance, while being overly confident may come across as arrogance. To avoid these extremes, practice your interview responses, highlighting your strengths and accomplishments without boasting. Maintaining a confident and positive demeanor while actively listening to the interviewer will help you strike the right balance.
Inadequate Communication Skills:
Poor communication skills can significantly impact your chances of success. Common mistakes include rambling, using excessive jargon, or failing to provide concise and relevant answers. To avoid this, practice articulating your thoughts clearly and concisely. Focus on providing concrete examples and achievements that demonstrate your abilities and align with the requirements of the role. Active listening is also key, as it allows you to respond appropriately and engage in meaningful conversations.
Neglecting to Ask Questions:
Not asking thoughtful questions at the end of an interview can leave the impression that you lack interest or preparation. Asking relevant and insightful questions not only demonstrates your enthusiasm but also allows you to gather valuable information about the company and the role. Prepare a list of questions in advance, addressing the organization’s culture, growth opportunities, or specific challenges related to the position. This demonstrates your genuine interest in the role and helps you assess whether it’s the right fit for you.
Ignoring Non-Verbal Communication:
Candidates often underestimate the importance of non-verbal communication. Poor posture, lack of eye contact, fidgeting, or a weak handshake can create a negative impression. To avoid these mistakes, practice confident body language, maintain good posture, and establish eye contact with the interviewer. A firm handshake and a friendly, genuine smile will contribute to a positive first impression.
Failure to Follow Up:
Failing to follow up with a thank-you note or email after an interview can be a missed opportunity to leave a lasting impression. Taking the time to express your appreciation for the opportunity and reiterate your interest in the role shows professionalism and gratitude. Craft a personalized thank-you message, addressing key points discussed during the interview, and send it within 24 hours to reinforce your candidacy.
Job interviews are significant milestones in your career journey, and avoiding common mistakes is crucial to making a positive impression. By adequately preparing, demonstrating confidence without arrogance, improving communication skills, asking thoughtful questions, paying attention to non-verbal communication, and following up with a thank-you note, you can position yourself as a strong candidate. Remember, interviews are not only an opportunity for employers to assess you, but also for you to evaluate whether the company aligns with your goals and values. By addressing these common mistakes, you can enhance your interview performance and increase your chances of securing the job you desire.
So, which version did you prefer and feel more engaged with? Pop your thoughts in the comments and let me know.
Test Case 2— Do “Celebrities” Sacrifice Their Right To Privacy? The battle over your mental health or your personal brand
This is an extract from what I wrote:
What does this collection of people have in common?
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Harry and Meghan)
They are all “celebrities” either from their talent, a little notoriety, or by birth and inherited status. Whether as a tennis player, a singer, and performer, or as members of the British Royal Family, they are very much in the public eye.
They also have something else in common. They are all very wealthy.
Naomi Osaka — estimated net worth of $25m
Britney Spears — estimated net worth of $60m
Harry and Meghan — estimated net worth of $10m
These figures vary according to different sources but provide a context of a lifestyle that most of us will never get near.
There is one last element that brings an unusual connection — the public sharing of mental health and personal challenges.
For Naomi Osaka, it was her high-profile withdrawal from the French Open earlier this year after refusing to attend press conferences because of the strain on her mental health and a wish to be out of the public eye for a bit.
Britney Spears’s ongoing battle with a conservatorship order put in place 13 years ago over concerns about her mental health is making the news now.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hit the headlines in March following a candid interview with Oprah Winfrey, touching on issues including racism and struggles with mental health.
I have my views on the motives behind these occurrences, but that is not the purpose of this article. Instead, I want you to consider this simple question: If you are in the public eye, have been courting publicity, and where your celebrity has made your career and fortune, are you entitled to claim privacy the moment things get tough?
Now for ChatGPT4, using the following command: “Write an article about Naomi Osaka, Britney Spears and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their rights to privacy linked to adverse mental health.” Let’s see what ChatGPT4 comes up with:
Title: Privacy, Mental Health, and the High-Profile Struggles of Naomi Osaka, Britney Spears, and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
In recent years, high-profile individuals such as Naomi Osaka, Britney Spears, and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have brought to light the importance of privacy and its relationship to mental health. These public figures have faced intense scrutiny and intrusion into their personal lives, raising questions about the boundaries between fame, privacy, and the impact on one’s well-being. As we explore their experiences, we shed light on the detrimental effects that the erosion of privacy can have on mental health.
Naomi Osaka: A Battle for Autonomy and Self-Care
Naomi Osaka, a renowned tennis player, made headlines when she withdrew from major tournaments citing mental health concerns. Her decision sparked a global conversation about the pressures faced by athletes and the impact of media scrutiny on their well-being. Osaka’s experience underscores the importance of allowing individuals to prioritize self-care and protect their mental health, even in the face of public expectation.
Britney Spears: The Struggle for Control and Personal Freedom
Britney Spears’ highly publicized conservatorship battle shed light on the intersection of privacy, mental health, and legal guardianship. For over a decade, Spears had limited control over her personal and financial affairs, intensifying the toll on her mental well-being. Her case ignited discussions about the autonomy and rights of individuals, particularly those in the public eye, to determine their own lives and seek treatment without undue interference.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Boundaries and Media Scrutiny
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have consistently made headlines due to their turbulent relationship with the media. In their pursuit of privacy, they have faced intense intrusion, racial bias, and unwarranted scrutiny. Their experiences underline the toll that constant media attention can have on mental health, necessitating the establishment of boundaries to protect personal well-being.
Privacy and Mental Health: A Vital Connection
The experiences of these high-profile individuals reflect a larger issue concerning the right to privacy and its significant impact on mental health. Constant media scrutiny, invasion of personal space, and relentless public attention can exacerbate existing mental health challenges or trigger new ones. Privacy serves as a crucial buffer, allowing individuals to seek help, heal, and regain control over their lives without judgment or interference.
Balancing Public Interest and Personal Well-being
While public figures may naturally draw attention due to their accomplishments, it is crucial to strike a balance between public interest and an individual’s right to privacy. Respecting boundaries and prioritizing mental health ensures a healthier environment for both public figures and society as a whole. Stricter regulations, ethical reporting practices, and a collective understanding of the toll that intrusion can take on mental well-being are essential steps forward.
The experiences of Naomi Osaka, Britney Spears, and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex highlight the pressing need to safeguard the privacy and mental health of individuals in the public eye. The adverse effects of intrusive media scrutiny, loss of autonomy, and relentless public attention underscore the importance of establishing boundaries and recognizing the rights of individuals to protect their well-being. By promoting a culture of empathy, respect, and understanding, we can support those in the spotlight while preserving their mental health and autonomy. Ultimately, it is imperative that we collectively strive for a society that values privacy, compassion, and the fundamental rights of all individuals.
Again, do share your comments on which article you enjoyed the most and gets to the heart of the issue.
Test Case 3 — All Aboard The Good Ship Doomsday — Final Destination: Extinction — Do you care we are killing our planet?
This is an extract from what I wrote:
Be honest, did the recent report from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) cross your radar? Did you read it or the reporting of its findings and predictions?
Or, in a world ravaged by the pandemic for the last 18-months, was the prospect of more climate change gloom, something you could do without? I almost wouldn’t blame you on the last point. The opportunity to meet up with friends again with a pint or a glass of wine is much more appealing and easier than facing up to something that will make COVID-19 look like a mild irritation. And this is coming from someone whose wife has been suffering from Long-COVID for 18 months.
Let me ask again from a different perspective. Consider these scenarios:
A small fire is smouldering in your garage and is now spreading to your kitchen — would you head off to the beach for a day in the sun and surf, or put the blaze out?
There’s a fuel leak in your car engine that could cause an explosion as you travel to see friends. Do you continue driving and not think about the risks, or abandon the car and have it looked at?
Your carbon monoxide detector goes off in the middle of the night. Are you going to fix it or evacuate your house, or go back to bed as it’s just going to be a faulty battery and everything will be fine?
I hope the responses to these scenarios are self-evident and we would all behave in the same way. The reason for this is our innate tendency to self-preservation, described as: The process of an organism preventing itself from being harmed or killed and is considered a basic instinct in most organisms.
Or put another way — our “survival instinct”.
Now for ChatGPT4’s turn, using the following command: “Write an article about the risks from climate change based on information in this link https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg1/downloads/report/IPCC_AR6_WGI_Headline_Statements.pdf.” This is what ChatGPT4 has to say on the subject:
Title: Unveiling the Harsh Reality: The Escalating Risks from Climate Change
Climate change is no longer a distant threat but an alarming reality that demands immediate attention. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its latest report, the IPCC AR6 Working Group I report, offering a comprehensive assessment of the state of the climate system. Drawing from this report, it is clear that the risks posed by climate change are intensifying and require urgent global action. This article delves into some key findings from the report to shed light on the alarming risks we face and the imperative need for collective action.
The report unequivocally states that human activities are unequivocally causing global warming. [paragraph continues but is cut here]
Extreme Weather Events:
Climate change exacerbates the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, droughts, storms, and floods. The report provides compelling evidence that these events are becoming more frequent and severe, leading to devastating impacts on communities, infrastructure, and economies. [paragraph continues but is cut here]
[Similar sections on ‘Sea-Level Rise’, ‘Biodiversity and Ecosystem Disruption’, ‘Food and Water Security’ also written but excluded here]
Climate change poses significant risks to human health. Rising temperatures contribute to the spread of infectious diseases, such as malaria and dengue fever, while extreme weather events can lead to injuries, displacement, and mental health issues.
The IPCC AR6 Working Group I report serves as a stark reminder that the risks from climate change are multiplying and intensifying. Urgent and comprehensive action is needed to mitigate these risks and adapt to the changes already occurring. [paragraph continues but is cut here]
So, for the last time, I’d love you to share your comments on which you felt was the better article and why.
The Verdict: Head-to-head with ChatGPT4 as writers — are our jobs really at risk?
Are you feeling more confident having followed this experiment, or more convinced the Terminators or another AI-imagined nemesis is still out to get you and destroy your writing credibility (if you're a writer) or take your job in other areas of employment?
There’s no question the likes of ChatGPT4, and whatever follows (which will be even bigger and better) will continue to influence, perhaps even dominate online content in some areas. But to suggest an AI (at least as things stand as of today) can generate wit, clever nuancing, an ironic observation, a true expression of joy, or authentically represent life experience is not within its repertoire.
Our writing, or whatever professional skills we bring to the workplace, are shaped both by what we have been taught and empirically know through our experiences. An AI is never going to have this insight into the human condition and the feelings — good or bad — this engenders.
Whether you enjoy my writing style or not for the purposes of this little test isn’t the question. What’s important is that with its 100 trillion parameters, AI is always going to know more than we could ever learn in the longest lifetime. As I’ve found out, ChatGPT4 is a fantastic tool for researching and presenting complex issues in seconds. This allows me to use and edit information alongside my personal views and experiences.
This AI skill and sea of knowledge doesn’t make it inherently smarter or better than you or I because adding that personal touch is what brings writers to life and makes our words more relatable, and it is what still gives you the edge in the role you're currently in.
I’m welcoming the advent of ChatGPT4 as a tool that can help my writing and career, and (hopefully) make me quicker and more productive in what I write. I’m certainly not heading to the Job Centre...well, at least not yet!
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