Discussion Thread

  • 1.  ChatGPT - its value and concerns within the industry

    Posted 12 days ago
    I am curious as to who has used or interacted with Chat GPT.

    If you have no idea what this is, check out this article by business insider:
    If you still aren't sure what ChatGPT is, this is your guide to the viral chatbot that everyone is talking about
    or better yet, try it yourself at OpenAI

    I myself have seen that it could have some value to the industry. For example, the bot can be helpful in aggregating information in a way that you can query for using a conversational dialogue. A friend of mine has used it to help him develop some python code. However, I have also seen it produce a number of incorrect answers to questions (to which it will readily acknowledge when challenged).

    Does Chat GPT seem like it could add some value to your industry? Are there any obvious concerns or drawbacks you can envision about it?

    Christopher Seigel P.E., M.ASCE
    Civil Engineer

  • 2.  RE: ChatGPT - its value and concerns within the industry

    Posted 7 days ago
    I learned about this from some friends back in December and have gotten on the https://chat.openai.com/chat platform a couple of times out of curiosity. Prompted by your post I entered the following query "how do you find and retain change makers in an organization" that some might recognize as a question recently posted in Collaborate. The platform https://chat.openai.com/chat provided what I thought was a credible response. It would be interesting to hear from educators on how they plan to incorporate the technology or adjust their classes to accommodate this type of capability. I do not think banning is practical. Good or bad, this type of technology can reduce the gap between mediocre and star performers.

    Mitch Winkler P.E., M.ASCE
    Houston, TX