So I used ChatGPT for the first time last night.
I was very underwhelmed.
I asked it to do what I thought was a very simple task (suited to a computer), preparing a vegetarian / vegan meal plan and shopping list for 12 people for 12 days on a boat at sea without an oven.
This is something fairly easy to do by searching the internet for recipes and putting the ingredient lists into a spreadsheet for aggregation.
It did OK on the actual recipes but was really terrible on the maths of ensuring recipes were for 12 people and on aggregating all the ingredients into a shopping list.
It also failed to ensure that there were vegan and non-vegan options for each meal as requested.
Despite numerous efforts to get it to correct these errors I could not get it to produce a useful result that I could trust.
Every iteration would result in some things fixed but new errors introduced.
I could never be confident in the results. It is no good if you find out 100 miles from land that it forgot or under-provisioned key ingredients!
The experience was like dealing with a really stupid intern that was also untrustworthy and you felt was lying to you or just saying what it thought you wanted to hear.
It was not worth using it for the task and if you wanted a reliable result you needed to do it yourself.
I was very surprised that a computer would be so bad a maths.
So my conclusion is that AI is a long way from taking over the world and while some people will lose their jobs to AI, they are people doing stupid, boring jobs that are unworthy of human intelligence.
These people will be better off and happier if they are forced to use the truely unique qualities of human beings, the ability to innovate, think outside the box and empathise.
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