I’ve been using ChatGPT as a writing tool for a little while now, and I find it to be surprisingly useful. For instance: I might ask it to come up with an introductory paragraph for an article on a specific subject (because I often find the first few sentences to be the most difficult part), or generate a bunch of SEO titles for something I’ve already written, or give me a bunch of examples that help illustrate a thing I’m describing. I never use what ChatGPT produces word for word, but it’s a great assist for getting past the blank-page bummers.

I’m not sure what I think about AI in general, except that I definitely dislike those cartoony avatar-generating apps that seem custom-designed to make people feel bad about themselves. We’ve certainly seen some dizzying advances incorporating AI into all sorts of systems in the last few years, and it’s hard to picture where it’s all going to go. Maybe AI is going to take humanity to an even darker place, and very very soon! Or maybe AI will lead us to incredibly valuable developments we would not have been able to achieve on our own! Or maybe what I actually think I’m experiencing in real life is just a simulation from a future when AI-run virtual reality systems can generate an entire fully believable existence when you tap the “49-year-old lady from Eugene, Oregon, with two teenage boys and an ill-advised number of cats” gaming lozenge that’s implanted near our pollution-straining gills!

I do know that when I first started hearing about copy-generating AI chatbots I was enormously resistant; I mean I really had a comically knee-jerk reaction to the whole concept. You take that job-destroying COMMIE WORD ROBOT and you shove it RIGHT UP YOUR— you get it.

It’s pretty interesting to be middle-aged in this time of rapid technological change. I’m somewhere between what I always used to be — a curious early adopter — and what I seem to be turning into, which is basically straight-up Andy Rooney.

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Elizabeth_K
Elizabeth_K
1 year ago

I so much love your writing, even if it’s really a BOT (just kidding). And I turn 49 on March 1, so we are basically sisters … :)

Lee
Lee
1 year ago

I haven’t even felt smart enough to entertain the idea of AI and how it may or may not incorporate itself into our lives. I just fritz right out when I think of it for a second.
“Straight up Andy Rooney’ made me spit my coffee lol. Gotta be a Certain Age to get that joke in the first place!

mcw
mcw
1 year ago

My husband (IT/network guy) is starting to use ChatGPT to help with programming. There were a LOT of mixed feelings when he said he also used it to compose an email with it. What even is human communication anymore?! Strange times!

Laura
Laura
1 year ago

I’m using Chat also. It feels exactly like the start of a romance that I already know will end badly.

Ivaylo
11 months ago

Well,
It is very educational. Nice to learn new thinks.

Nicole
Nicole
11 months ago

I use it for legal research papers (graduate program) and technical writing (work). I think of it like Google on steroids. Big fan.