Wednesday, March 01, 2023

Shedworking and ChatGPT


In the spirit of technological adventure, the Shedworking staff have had a little play on Chat GPT, the artificial intelligence chatbot developed by OpenAI and hyped all over the planet as a gamechanger, seachanger, etc.

Naturally, first of all we asked 'What is shedworking?' and here's the reply:

Shedworking refers to the practice of working from a small outdoor structure, such as a garden shed, that has been converted into a workspace. Shedworking is becoming increasingly popular as more people seek to create a dedicated workspace at home that is separate from their living space. Shedworking can be a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way to create a home office or studio, and it can provide a peaceful and productive environment away from the distractions of the main house. Many people who work from home find that shedworking allows them to balance their work and personal life more effectively, and it can be a great way to take advantage of the benefits of remote work.

An impressive start. Then, more egotistically but less successfully, I asked it to talk about me. First of all it misgendered me (not something that I find upsetting but others might do), then it described my latest book Rooms of Their Own as exploring "the creative spaces of 84 different women artists, writers, musicians, and designers, including Frida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, and Zaha Hadid" which is totally wrong. So I asked it who wrote my book Menus That Made History and it suggested Alexis Soyer. And it then offered Jane Kemp as the author of my The Book Lover's Joke Book.

I tried it with some friends and it was equally random, indeed worse than simply going to Wikipedia. I don't think we're there yet with AI chatbots which, I hope you agree, is a good thing. 


SMART designs and manufactures industry leading garden rooms from our very own Suffolk factory and installed all over mainland UK

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