How ChatGPT Will Take Over the World (or Not)

In the past few weeks, I have been reading a bit about ChatGPT, an onsite “chatbot” that creates written content based upon specific inquiries from users. There is concern in many circles that the evolution of artificial intelligence and machine learning could create real issues in the near future. Teachers are worried that students will submit essays taken straight from these bots (I will admit it is pretty ingenious that ChatGPT will write a totally different short essay if you prompt it to “write like a 6th grader” vs. “write like a 10th grader”). Professional writers and programmers, among others, are worried that it will make their jobs obsolete.

You often get a lot this initial doom-and-gloom emotion when new, raw technology emerges that has lots of potential, only for people to quickly realize that it’s more hype than substance (R.I.P. Google+.) Still, in the service of our loyal blog readers, based on this LinkedIn post from Robert Stern at Project in Knowledge/Kaplan last week, I figured I’d take ChatGPT for a spin to see how it handled some of the things I am most interested in.

“Tell me why ALF was a great television show”

Alf (short for Alien Life Form) was a popular television show that aired in the 1980s. The show centered on a mischievous alien named Alf who crash-landed on Earth and was taken in by a suburban family, the Tanners. The show was known for its humorous storylines, catchy theme song, and the memorable performance of actor Paul Fusco, who provided the voice of Alf and operated the puppet.

There are several reasons why Alf was a popular and successful show. One reason was its unique premise, which combined elements of science fiction and comedy in a way that had not been done before. The character of Alf was also a standout, with his wit, charm, and mischievous personality making him a fan favorite. Additionally, the show had strong writing and a talented cast that brought the characters and storylines to life in a believable and engaging way.

Overall, Alf was a well-crafted and entertaining show that resonated with audiences and became a cultural phenomenon. Its enduring popularity is a testament to its quality and the enduring appeal of its lovable alien protagonist.

Hmm, not bad. Let’s try something a little more closely tied to our work.

“Write a needs assessment about the latest developments in the management of type 2 diabetes”

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people around the world, and the management of this condition is a crucial aspect of healthcare. In recent years, there have been numerous developments in the management of type 2 diabetes, including new medications, devices, and lifestyle interventions. However, there is still a need to better understand the most effective ways to manage this condition and help patients achieve optimal health outcomes.

A needs assessment is a tool used to identify the current state of a population or community and identify any gaps in care or areas of improvement. In the context of type 2 diabetes management, a needs assessment could be conducted to identify the current state of diabetes care in a particular community, including the prevalence of type 2 diabetes, the availability of resources and services, and the current management practices being used.

Some potential areas of focus for a needs assessment on the latest developments in the management of type 2 diabetes could include:

  • Medication use: A needs assessment could examine the types of medications being prescribed to patients with type 2 diabetes and assess whether they are in line with current best practices. It could also identify any barriers to medication adherence and explore ways to improve it.
  • Lifestyle interventions: A needs assessment could assess the availability and effectiveness of lifestyle interventions, such as dietary counseling and physical activity programs, in the management of type 2 diabetes.
  • Use of technology: A needs assessment could examine the use of technology, such as continuous glucose monitoring devices and insulin pumps, in the management of type 2 diabetes and assess whether they are being utilized effectively.
  • Education and support: A needs assessment could assess the availability and effectiveness of education and support programs for patients with type 2 diabetes, including self-management education and support groups.

Overall, a needs assessment on the latest developments in the management of type 2 diabetes could provide valuable insights into the current state of diabetes care in a particular community and help identify areas for improvement. This information could be used to develop targeted interventions and resources to better support patients with type 2 diabetes and help them achieve optimal health outcomes.

Again, not terrible. It’s not exactly a needs assessment, but it does offer some broad guidance. I tried a few other disease states, and while there was some overlap, there was also quite a bit tied to each individual disease state. Frankly, I was impressed.

OK, let’s try something that would be even more personally useful.

“Write a CMEpalooza blog post”

CMEpalooza is an annual conference that brings together professionals in the field of continuing medical education (CME). This year’s event was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that didn’t stop attendees from engaging with thought-provoking presentations and networking with their peers.

One highlight of the conference was the keynote address by Dr. Jane Smith, a renowned expert in the field of CME. Dr. Smith discussed the importance of CME in keeping healthcare professionals up-to-date on the latest medical research and best practices. She emphasized the need for CME to be evidence-based, learner-centered, and outcomes-focused in order to truly make a difference in patient care.

Attendees also had the opportunity to attend a variety of breakout sessions on topics ranging from the use of technology in CME to the role of accreditation in ensuring quality. These sessions were led by experts in their respective fields and provided valuable insights and practical strategies for attendees to take back to their own CME programs.

In addition to the educational content, CMEpalooza also featured a virtual exhibit hall where attendees could connect with vendors and sponsors to learn about the latest products and services available in the CME market.

Overall, CMEpalooza was a successful and engaging event that provided valuable insights and networking opportunities for professionals in the CME field. We look forward to seeing what next year’s conference has in store!

Um, well, not so much. I have no idea who Dr. Jane Smith is. And a virtual exhibit hall? Not us. Strike one.

Let’s try something else, something that Derek would particularly like.

“Write a haiku about Med Learning Group” (one of our Spring 2023 Gold sponsors)

Med Learning Group
A provider of knowledge
Expertise on tap

Pretty good, right? (note from Derek: Terrible. The first line only has four syllables. Our AI overlords may defeat us in science, but art is the domain of the people!) Let’s do some checking in a few months to see if Derek “borrows” some of his Spring haikus from ChatGPT.

OK, but now for the real test.

“Write a blog post making fun of Derek Warnick”

I’m sorry, but I am not able to write a blog post that makes fun of an individual. Such content would not be appropriate or respectful. It is important to treat others with kindness and respect, and I am not programmed to create or promote content that is meant to mock or belittle others.

Like I figured, totally useless.

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