Wednesday, January 18, 2023

OpenAI GPT-3: Initial Impressions

So, ChatGPT is at capacity right now, and I'm sure not going to sit here and hit refresh every few seconds to try to get in. So I went to and tried a few.

My impressions: disappointing given all the hype, but if I hadn't seen the hype, I would be reasonably impressed.

[UPDATE: I've since gotten into the real ChatGPT, and I must say it is more impressive than the sandbox I played with in this post. The sandbox is based on GPT-3, while ChatGPT is GPT-3.5.]

In the following examples, I am including output from OpenAI's GPT-3 model. In accordance with OpenAI's wishes, my name is Steve Ford, and the text shown in green is generated by an AI.

Analogy maker

My entry is first, followed by the AI response in green.

Get the logic right, then optimize.

It's like building a house: first make sure the foundation is solid, then make it look nice.

Not bad.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

It's like a golden rule of giving and receiving; treat others as you would like to be treated.

Um, I don't think you can use a definition as an analogy. The point of an analogy is to improve understanding of a concept by re-structuring it in different terms that the reader might be more familiar with.

Look out for number one.

It's like putting on your own oxygen mask before helping others on an airplane.

Impressively good and bad. Yes, it kind of understood what the phrase means, but it also completely misses the essence of the phrase. "Watch out for number one" is all about being selfish (Collins dictionary says, "If you are looking out for number one, you are thinking of yourself rather than considering other people"), whereas the analogy is about doing something that might seem selfish at first glance, but is actually in support of generosity and the greater good.

Pro tip: don't use GPT-3 to learn the meaning of idioms.

Do unto others ... and then split Give a hand to those in need ... and then walk away.

This one might not be fair; I wonder how many under-50-year-olds would get that reference. Anyway, the analogy is the exact opposite of the original.

Pro tip: don't use GPT-3 to learn about 50-year-old memes.

There are other example applications that I would like to play with, but who has time for that? Over time, I'll probably have more to say about AI.

Invert the Meaning

I took the analog maker settings and changed the command (or whatever that first line is called) to "Invert the meaning:".

Time flies like an arrow.

Time stands still like a rock.

Not idiomatic, but impressive.

Smoking is bad for you.

Not smoking is bad for you.

Yep, it will lie if you tell it to.

Write an Essay

Took the analog maker settings and changed the command to "Write an essay:"

Why structured programming is bad.

Structured programming is a programming paradigm that relies on breaking down a program into smaller, manageable parts. It is a popular approach to programming because it is easy to understand and can be used to create complex programs. However, there are a number of drawbacks to structured programming that can make it a less than ideal choice for certain projects.

The first issue with structured programming is that it can be difficult to maintain. Because the code is broken down into smaller parts, it can be difficult to keep track of how the parts fit together. This can lead to bugs and errors that can be difficult to debug. Additionally, if changes need to be made to the program, it can be difficult to make sure that all the parts are updated correctly.

Another issue with structured programming is that it can be inflexible. Structured programming relies on a set of predetermined rules and structures, which can limit the options for solving a problem. If a programmer needs to come up with a creative solution, structured programming may not be the best choice.

Finally, structured programming can be slow. The small parts of a program can take a long time to process, especially if there are a lot of them. This can lead to programs that take a long time to run, which can be a problem for projects that require fast results.

In conclusion, structured programming can be a useful approach for certain projects, but it is not without its drawbacks. It can be difficult to maintain, inflexible, and slow. For projects that require creative solutions or fast results, it may be better to use an alternative approach.

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