Since it was launched, the intelligent robot ChatGPT has worried schools and academic institutions about the possibilities of plagiarism. The chatbot, however, can help humans save time with some tasks, especially those involving text.
Using the artificial intelligence (AI) platform since November, communication and technology professor Marcio Telles gathered tips on Twitter on how to use it to fill out bureaucratic forms and write faster.
The responsibility for editing and checking the text delivered by ChatGPT will always rest with the human. The creator of the technology, OpenAI, even developed an AI-powered text detector to prevent misuse of the robot.
Write emails and other standard text
ChatGPT works great for writing emails and other texts with a well-defined structure. The user still needs to provide the information they deem essential to their message.
“Write an email to so-and-so X thanking him for his participation in event Y. Tell him that I really liked that aspect”, exemplifies Telles. As an email usually has an introduction part, it is recommended that you provide your name and title.
The robot does well in other textual genres with a more rigid structure, such as grant applications, recommendation letters, requests for information, etc.
The teacher reports applying for a scholarship with a presentation written by the AI. “I hit tips on the internet about the pattern of this type of card and he got it right 10/10”. The structure delivered by ChatGPT always needs to be perfected by the human.
Wrote a message in a language you’re not fluent or native in? Artificial intelligence can still help improve it. The text gains in fluidity and word variation, according to Telles. He recommends the Quillbot platform for this role.
In translations, the robot also falls into fewer false cognates than the competitor Google Translate.
Fill out forms
According to the professor, the intelligent robot also does some work filling out forms. “I’ve already filled out extension reports with him. You need to provide basic information about the activity you’re reporting and he’ll do the rest. Afterwards, it’s just a matter of correcting and complementing.”
Those who work with other people’s speech know that paraphrasing texts is a slow and monotonous activity. But ChatGPT does it quickly, according to Telles.
“Now, I copy the excerpt I highlighted in the PDF, paste it into ChatGPT and ask him to ‘summarize’. A paragraph becomes an idea of 2 or 3 lines, very objective”, he says.
It is up to the user to assess whether the paraphrase has not altered the original meaning.
As ChatGPT manages to retrieve information mentioned in the dialogue, the technology understands the text in the file. Therefore, the AI is still able to complete information when a summary request is too short.
ChatGPT also responds when asked to explain something. It’s not always right, but it’s almost never completely wrong.
This, however, does not eliminate the human work of checking whether the robot’s response is faithful to the idea expressed in the text. The time saved in reading must be reinvested in checking.
Today, it is already possible to use YouTube, Word or Google Docs to transcribe audio — there are also other specific tools for this, such as Otter.AI, Escriba and Good Tape. Especially with languages other than English, these programs are difficult to understand and lack punctuation.
A coherent verbal flow in spoken language can also look terrible on paper.
Pasting the text into ChatGPT and asking the tool to summarize saves manual work: “remove the excesses, insert the punctuation and present a succinct text, very close to the way I write and think. Then, just add the personal touches and that’s it! “, says the professor.
ChatGPT can also propose a logical sequence of arguments from an initial idea. “When I get to the final text, I threw the whole suggestion away, but it served as a starting point.”
The robot also serves to overcome the emptiness of the blank page. “I quickly write the idea, very loosely, and ask him to turn it into a paragraph of academic text. The result is constantly bad, but good enough to start with.”
If the person works with some character limitation, the robot also skillfully clears the text. Just enter as many letters as possible with spaces and paste the text into the chat.
list of studies
For those who want to start studies in new areas, a script request for the chatbot serves as a guide. “Ask the AI to make a list of essential themes to master the topic.”
This function works particularly well with language learning, as the robot can correct spelling and grammatical errors in real time while simulating a conversational experience.
There are also reports on Twitter of people asking for help from ChatGPT to create programming codes. You can ask artificial intelligence to rewrite scripts more clearly or assemble repetitive structures like forms.
Artificial intelligence also finds logical errors in codes, which often block the operation of a program under development.
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