ChatGPT is going to school at Benchmark U. The instructor is John Siau. According to Siau, ChatGPT gets A+ grades in English, Marketing and Sales, but is currently struggling to get passing grades in Engineering. John gave ChatGPT a series of assignments, graded the results, and asked ChatGPT to make corrections when it made factual errors.
About this Blog
This blog documents some of our first interactions with ChatGPT. It demonstrates some of the capabilities of this tool and it exposes some of its shortcomings. Overall we find that it can be a very useful writing tool, but it has difficulties when it comes to getting facts correct.
Don't ask ChatGPT Questions - This Doesn't Work!
Most people are inclined to ask ChatGPT to answer questions, but we have found that it is not well-suited to this task. Instead, we have found that it is very good at completing virtually any type of writing assignment. ChatGPT is not designed to look up facts. It is designed to put words and phrases together in a way that reflects prior usage of those words and phases within its vast exposure to content on the internet.
Tell ChatCPT the Subject and Type of Document to Write - You Will be Amazed!
Tell ChatGPT the subject and the type of document that you would like it to write, and it will instantly respond with a well-written document. ChatGPT seems to understand virtually any writing style. This blog shows some useful examples, as well as some entertaining examples. We even asked ChatGPT to write a standup comedy routine about an AHB2 power amplifier. It was a tough writing assignment, but ChatGPT instantly delivered!
When ChatGPT Makes Factual Errors - Ask it to Make the Corrections
ChatGPT frequently gets facts incorrect. When this happens, youmay be tempted to edit the text to correct the error. Instead, we recommend informing ChatGPT of the error. When you do this, ChatGPT will look for content matching your assertions, learn from your corrections, and then instantly rewrite the text incorporating thenew information. ChatGPT can edit and rewrite much faster than you can. This interactive process will also improve the accuracy of all subsequent interactions on the topic, as long as the ChatGPT session remains open. The following blog shows a good example of this interactive process:
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