ChatGPT is software that is designed to chat with you like a really smart person. It can make up a story, convert it to a Shakespearean poem, and then solve a math problem all automatically and all within seconds. 🤯
ChatGPT is pretty incredible, especially for students trying to fake a term paper. But the ChatGPT blog itself calls out some interesting and very human-like limitations. In particular, it’s sort of a bore and a blowhard. 😆
It has a tendency to respond with “plausible-sounding but incorrect or nonsensical answers”
It is “often excessively verbose” and “overuses certain phrases”
It often fails to “ask clarifying questions when the user provided an ambiguous query”, opting instead to “guess what the user intended”
And my favorite, “it will sometimes respond to harmful instructions or exhibit biased behavior.”
So it is overconfident and under-reliable, repetitive, a bit of a motormouth, makes assumptions, is biased, and sometimes lacks moral backbone. Does this sound like anyone you know? 😆
Still, this software an amazing accomplishment. Kudos to the team for being open about its limitations and good luck making it better (and hopefully not evil 🤷🏻♂️).
Pretty much any interesting/useful/beautiful human achievement you can think of was at first impossible. Mass-printing books? You’re crazy. Sailing ships across the oceans? No way. Putting a man on the surface of the freaking moon? That one still gets me.
This quote is so clear and to-the-point: it is perfect from a writing perspective.
But can you picture JFK getting up on stage at Rice University in 1962, saying, “Every noble work is at first impossible… let’s go to the moon.” and then just leaving? 😆 I guess politics requires a little more bombast.
What does it take to pull you into a new podcast? Or a book? Or really anything?
With so many great podcasts out there and already not enough time for them all, the bar can be pretty high for anything new. But the first few lines of the Missed Fortune podcast pulled me in right away.
Did you ever find yourself in one of those situations where if it goes well, there’s a huge reward? But if it goes bad, you look just unforgivably stupid? Like what were you possibly thinking?
I’m in a car with some guys I don’t know on the way to somewhere we’re not supposed to be. And this is one of those situations.
They go on to explain that this is the story of a real-life treasure hunt in the Rocky Mountains with the only clues being a short poem.
Below is a snapshot — literally — of one of J.K. Rowling’s storyboards.
Firs of all, it looks cool!
But more importantly, it illustrates an interesting point. No matter how natural and effortless a Harry Potter book is to read, clearly writingit is a pretty analytical process. Starting with a big vision, drilling down into the details, and finally “shipping” the end result seems similar to making software.
He tried a lot of different careers before writing The Alchemist. When his book initially sold less than 1000 copies and the publisher gave up on it, he found a new publisher and eventually sold 65 million copies. 🤯