Here We Are Again
Welcome to my series of posts about writing blogs using AI. If you are just joining me, here’s the sitch. I have been in a writing slump over the past couple years. Not really posting anything interesting for you fine people. I have also been curious about all the hype over AI and how it can be used in (or abused in) education. So I decided to address both issues and see if an AI tool could help me write a blog post. I started with Bard from Google. You can read how that went in Part 1. Then I moved on to the free version of Chat GPT. You can read about that in Part 2. For both, I used the same three sentence prompt. I wanted a blog post that was less than 500 words about how to use an AI to co-write a blog post. I also wanted it to sound like me.
The prompt: Write a blog post about using AI to co-write a blog post. Use a maximum of 500 words. Use the style of hotpinktech.com.
Overall, both Bard and Chat GTP had interesting results. There was relevant content written in a typical blog format. However, Chat GTP had a little more HotPinkTech flare. Neither of them created something that I would take as is and post. Why? Well, 1) that goes against what I believe is ethical use of AI generated content and 2) neither of them really sounded like something I would write. My true voice was missing. Close my little bot friends but not quite.
Blog Post Take 3 with 4
Since I tried a couple the free versions, I felt my experiment would not be complete if I didn’t try the one that is leading the discussion – Chat GPT-4. So, I spent the money ($20 per month) and gave it a try. I once again used the same prompt as before and sent Chat GPT-4 a message. What you see in the pink box is what I got in return. Give it a read and then we’ll talk again.
Title: Innovative Co-Writing: Using AI to Craft Your Blog Posts
Hello, HotPinkTech community! In the spirit of perpetual innovation, we’re delving into the exciting world of artificial intelligence (AI) today. More specifically, we’re looking at how you can harness AI to co-write your blog posts.
Sounds sci-fi, right? But it’s as real as the screen you’re reading this on. Artificial Intelligence, in particular natural language generation models, are starting to find their way into every nook and cranny of our digital lives, including content creation. AI models like GPT-4, developed by OpenAI, can generate impressively human-like text, based on the prompts given to them.
Using AI to co-write your blog posts isn’t about replacing the human touch. On the contrary, it’s about enhancing your creativity, saving time on repetitive tasks, and bringing a fresh perspective to your writing.
###A New Era of Content Creation
Imagine having a tireless co-writer who can brainstorm ideas at the speed of light, write without ever needing a coffee break, and help you scale your blog like never before. That’s exactly what you can achieve with AI writing tools.
With a simple prompt, these AI tools can generate content, give you ideas for headlines, create bullet-point summaries, and even draft entire posts. They can write about almost anything within their trained knowledge, providing you a wide array of creative outputs.
###Leveraging AI for Writing Perfection
In practice, you’d start by feeding your AI tool a prompt, something like, “Write a blog post about the history of smartphones.” Based on its extensive training on a diverse range of internet text, the AI can produce a draft blog post. You can then review, edit, and refine this output to align it with your voice and your readers’ expectations.
For many writers, the main benefit of this approach is efficiency. Instead of staring at a blank page waiting for inspiration to strike, you can jump right into editing a pre-written draft. The AI can help you overcome writer’s block and accelerate your writing process.
###The Future is Collaborative
It’s worth noting that AI is not a flawless writer. It doesn’t have a personal style or subjective experiences. And it might generate content that’s off-mark or lacks depth. That’s where you come in. As a writer, you’re the creative force. AI is just a tool to aid you, not replace you.
We’re at the dawn of an AI-driven revolution in content creation. Using AI to co-write your blog posts can be transformative, offering new ways to communicate your ideas and reach your audience. Embrace this change and let your creativity soar to new heights.
Remember, tech advancements are meant to empower us. So, take the AI plunge, try co-writing, and see how it can enhance your creative process!
Stay tuned for more on this tech-frontier, and as always, stay HotPinkTech savvy!
Like the first two iterations, this version is interesting too. It definitely has a different feel to the writing. More personality than the other two. Which is funny since the post says that AI does not have a personal style. However, I can see some similarities between this post and my own writing style. The language used in this one feels like a closer match to the language I use when I write. It could also just be me being hopeful.
In terms of content, I think the other two went a bit deeper in the content. The content of all three articles is very similar. They had some of the same ideas but changed the depth of the answers and the tone of the writing. If I were going to create an actual post about co-authoring with AI, I feel my end result would be a mix of all three examples. I use bullet points. I tend to get wordy in my explanations but I also use very informal language. I was surprised that the Chat GPT-4 article did not mention the ethics of co-creating with AI. It addressed it a little bit in the last section but not as explicitly as the other two.
The final verdict – I want to try more but I still feel like this is kind of cheating. We’ll see if I can get over it.
I Still Have Questions
For my first real look at these tools, this was a fun experiment. It has piqued my interest even more and I want to keep exploring. If this is what I get from these tools with just a simple three sentence prompt, it would be interesting if I actually did use it as a thought partner. Asking it questions and having it research for me instead of just saying, “Write for me robot!”
As I was playing around with Chat GPT-4 I did ask it to find me some research on a topic. It summarized current findings in a simple concise list. I then asked it if it could site the sources for the findings. It responded that it does not have access to the databases and that I should do the research myself in a more scholarly way. (Touché) It did go on to give me one reference article per finding. The articles were a bit dated but Chat GPT-4 pointed me in a good direction to learn more about each finding. More helpful than a simple Google search. I am interested in trying to see how I can really use these tools as a partner in the writing process.
I hope to continue to explore these and others AI tools. Especially in the context of creation in and out of the classroom. Are these tools that will help us unlock our creativity and create to our fullest potential or could we become less creative as we rely less on our own brains and more on artificial ones? I hope the former. But, I still have questions.