What are the advantages of an AI like ChatGPT?
Volker Bruns: I believe it will be a helpful tool to increase productivity in creating texts. Here’s one everyday example: just as I occasionally use DeepL for minor translation tasks, I can imagine simply having ChatGPT open as I work and asking it to write a paragraph every now and then, which I would check and ultimately incorporate into my own writing. ChatGPT is also a good way to get acquainted with a topic: for instance, it provides you with the most important buzzwords and, if required, defines them for you, too.
Also, I can picture the bot helping when it comes to researching hard facts. At one point in my conversation with ChatGPT, I asked how many pathologists there are in Germany and what is the ratio of pathologists to the general population. However, we can’t rule out that the bot might inadvertently report incorrect figures. This highlights one of its biggest shortcomings: it doesn’t cite any scientific sources. If you ask for them, you get just a very brief and general overview of the literature it used without page references, so you still have to research and double-check every detail.
That’s why I think you have to carefully consider how to use the output skillfully and sensibly. If you just let the bot produce something and then use it basically sight unseen, you’ll quickly get burned. In any case, its responses don’t meet scientific standards.
So to use it properly, it’s best to have your own expertise and look over the results with a critical eye?