PRODUCTIVITY & TECHNOLOGY: ChatGPT – a computer that writes for you

Have you ever been stuck trying to write a short note, a description, an explanation, a poem, even a short article? Stuck no more…go to LINK TO ChatGPT and explore/experiment.

ChatGPT is a computer bot that will write an surprisingly good response to any writing query you ask. The Artificial Intelligence bot will respond with a very readable piece in seconds. Incredible! Scary!

Try it.

Here’s what it wrote in 3 seconds when asked to write a short note about PICKERING, CANADA as a tourist destination,


“Pickering is a city located in the Durham Region of Ontario, Canada. It is known for its picturesque waterfront and beautiful beaches, such as Frenchman’s Bay and Beachfront Park. The city also features several parks and conservation areas, including the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station Viewing Platform, which offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Visitors can also explore the Pickering Museum Village, a living history museum featuring restored 19th century buildings and exhibits showcasing the city’s rich history and cultural heritage. Overall, Pickering is a great destination for outdoor

enthusiasts, history buffs and anyone looking for a relaxing getaway.”

Asked to write a 4 stanza poem about Pickering,

Pickering by the lake, a sight so grand and fair,
With beaches white as snow, and water crystal clear.
The nuclear station stands, a mighty sight to see,
A symbol of the city’s past and its industry.

The parks and conservation areas, a nature lover’s dream,
A place to hike, to bike, to let off steam.
The village museum, a glimpse into the past,
A way to learn about Pickering’s history that will last.

The city’s growing fast, but still holds on to its roots,
A balance of old and new, with plenty of fruits.
Pickering, a city worth a visit, we can guarantee,
You’ll fall in love with its beauty, its history, and its energy.

With friendly people, great food and endless things to do
Pickering, a city that will make your heart full and true.
A city that will make you want to stay, forever and a day.

Asked to describe the 10 best places to visit in Pickering, Canada, it responded:

Pickering, Canada offers a wide range of tourist attractions to visitors. Here are ten of the best places to visit while in the city:

  1. Frenchman’s Bay: This beautiful waterfront area features a sandy beach, a marina, and a boardwalk. Visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and fishing.
  2. Beachfront Park: This popular park offers a playground, picnic areas, and a splash pad for children. There is also a Bandshell where you can enjoy live music during the summer months.
  3. Pickering Nuclear Generating Station Viewing Platform: This platform offers visitors a bird’s-eye view of the nuclear power plant and the surrounding area.
  4. Greenwood Conservation Area: This conservation area offers hiking trails, fishing, and picnic areas. Visitors can also see the historic Greenwood Dam and the beautiful waterfall.
  5. Pickering Museum Village: This living history museum features restored 19th century buildings and exhibits showcasing the city’s history and culture. Visitors can also take part in various workshops and events.
  6. Rouge National Urban Park: This national park offers visitors the chance to hike, bike, and camp. There are also guided tours available to explore the park’s rich wildlife and cultural heritage.
  7. Pickering Flea Market: The Pickering Flea Market is a great place to find unique items and souvenirs. It’s open on weekends and has a wide variety of vendors selling everything from antiques to clothing.
  8. Pickering Art Gallery: This gallery features a rotating collection of local, national and international artists. Visitors can also participate in workshops and events.
  9. Pickering City Hall: The Pickering City Hall is a modern and impressive building, visitors can take a guided tour to learn more about the City’s history and architecture.
  10. Pickering Recreation Complex: This complex features an indoor pool, gym, and fitness classes. Visitors can also take part in various sports and activities.

These are just a few of the many tourist attractions that Pickering has to offer. The city is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and anyone looking for a relaxing getaway.

Those three samples were written in seconds. The writing may be open to some criticism but that stops when one considers the immediacy of its constructive response.

ChatGPT is frightening in what it seems to be able to do in response to a written request. It has some limitations: as it is in its infancy and training period, its database stops at 2021. Some data requests cannot be fulfilled but the AI will explain why it cannot complete the request.

The future
Imagine the potential in regard to academic assignments, a newspaper editor in need of copy, a TV journalist with a looming deadline.

It is scary to imagine what is around the corner in writing. Humans with computer access will be able to create almost any piece of writing in seconds and use it as a substitute for anything written by a human being. Journalism.

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