Artificial intelligence (AI) writing has arrived, in the form of a new software progam called ChatGPT. This is exciting news for 7th graders, who now realize that they can use it to complete their homework assignments. For everyone else, including English teachers, the news is a little worrisome.
Web site developers already realize that ChatGPT can be used to write articles. It’s only a matter of time before AI-written articles offer energy-saving tips to homeowners. Is ChatGPT up to the challenge? I decided to find out.
Me: “Explain the best way for a homeowner to perform air-sealing work to save energy.”
Playground: “The best way for a homeowner to perform air-sealing work to save energy is by using caulk and weatherstripping. Caulk should be used to seal gaps, cracks, and holes around windows, doors, and other openings, while weatherstripping should be used to ensure a tight seal between moving parts like windows and doors. The homeowner should also inspect the attic and basement for air leaks and seal any openings with caulk or foam insulation. Additionally, the homeowner should inspect and replace any worn out insulation materials. Finally, the homeowner should check and seal any gaps in the ductwork to ensure that heated or cooled air is not escaping from the home.”
Analysis: This is clearly second-rate advice. The answer should have started with the information on attics and basements, and the advice about doors and windows should have been given much less prominence. (And I have no idea what the program means by “worn out insulation materials.”) Time for a follow-up question.
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