ChatGPT is good for everything. Or so we’re told. I’ve been attending a lot of “classes” and “talks” lately, trying to figure out how this new technology will be folded into our daily lives.
One presentation said we’ll use ChatGPT as a new-and-improved Google. It can pull widely from vast amounts of resources, and give you logical outcomes. (Though not always truthful …)
Another said it’s making content even less valuable – there’s so much of it now, and it can be curated in such a way to make many “how to” products useless. You truly can get a lot of info from this powerful technology if you learn how to prompt it better.
I watched a video where one woman showed how she’s using it for everything, including making dinner. Instead of Googling a recipe, she uses ChatGPT to curate the best meal possible. When prompting for a recipe – pasta – she’ll go into more detail:
“I’d like the best pasta recipe I can make in 30 minutes that includes spinach and broccoli.”
Then voila – she has a recipe curated from others online, crafted to be just what she wanted.
It’s pretty incredible, watching what some people are doing with this technology. It got me to wondering …
Can you live your life prompted by ChatGPT? Can it give you enough information to make positive changes in your life?
I decided to put it to the test. I asked it:
How do I live a healthy plant-based life?
Here’s what it said.
Not exactly earth-shattering advice.
ChatGPT does a pretty good job of giving you guidelines to follow as you move into a healthier, plant-based lifestyle. But it misses a crucial element:
The human touch.
Yep, that’s where AI goes awry.
Maybe it’s because even humans have a hard time transferring in-depth knowledge.
Ever read a book on healthy eating?
Ever joined a weight loss center?
Ever made a declaration on plant-based living goals … only to have it all fall apart a few weeks (or days) later?
Yep, even humans have trouble conveying “the human touch.”
“How to” is a great place to start. It works to start the process. But to move forward, you need something more … willpower. And that will never come from AI. That’s a human trait, one that AI won’t be expressing anytime soon.
Still, I wondered how in-depth AI would go.
What about if you have specific questions? If you put more emotion into your ChatGPT prompt, can you gain even more? I upped my game with a new prompt:
I really want to move to a plant-based, whole foods diet. But I’m busy. So often, at the end of a busy day, I’ll just give in and grab something from the drive-thru, or throw together a standby meal. What will it take for me to improve my daily practice?
Are you feeling it, too? This answer could be taken straight from a magazine article. It’s bland and boring. It leaves the reader deflated. I can feel the eye-rolling …
I can feel the reader just itching for more information. They throw up their hands and scream:
“I’ve tried all of this. I really have. But the problem is late at night, I love ice cream. And when my friends want to go out for dinner, I can’t say no to my favorite foods. I try and cook. I have a bunch of cookbooks. But I feel bad when meals don’t turn out, or my family snubs them and orders a pizza. I want to be healthier. I want to be plant-based. What can I do?”
And, good ol’ ChatGPT to the rescue, it says:
Okay, to be fair, this is okay advice.
But this advice is repeated over and over ad nauseam. It’s superficial at best.
And the more this becomes AI, the more AI will deliver this message. The more we believe whatever it tells us.
I asked ChatGPT an additional question:
Will GMO foods harm my health?
It’s free thinking. Deep thinking. Reasoning. Critical thinking.
AI has the potential to make us smarter. It also has the potential to make us dumber/more at risk/more reliant on “whoever” is in charge.
For what you truly care about. For what truly matters to you. That’s why you need to spend more time than ever building your own mindset. Understanding the impact of everything you do. And deep think about how you move forward.
Because that’s what will allow you to think more for yourself. To decide what’s right – and what’s not.
To be able to consider more based on what we feel is right, know is right. And build your life around that.
Your life could very well depend on it.