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Writing a Blog Post with ChatGPT: Unlocking the Power of Generative AI

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of months you should have heard about ChatGPT. It is an example of a generative AI model – a neural network that is trained on existing data to generate new content.

In this blog post, we will look at using OpenAI’s ChatGPT to write a blog post about writing a blog post with ChatGPT. Let us get the basics sorted out first. You can access the algorithm to go along with this blog post or to use it in your projects by following this link and creating a free account. And that is it! You have the power of generative AI at your fingertips.

Introduction

The goal of the VOXReality project is to enhance the speech-based interface in extended reality. Our team at Maastricht University is working on AI models that can transcribe and translate speech into a chosen language while also taking into account the surrounding context – previous sentences, visual information, etc.

This task is part of a broader field of Natural Language Processing, which also includes Large Language Models such as ChatGPT. Recently, researchers have found that ChatGPT is performing well on context-aware translation.

While ChatGPT cannot be used directly in VOXReality due to its memory and computational requirements, we are investigating what makes it and other models work well on this task and how we can transfer this knowledge into models that are more suitable to our needs. But before we dive deeper, let us take a look at ChatGPT from the everyday user’s perspective.

We can instruct ChatGPT to write the whole blog post in one go and then ask it to refine it or we can take a more step-by-step approach and first work on the structure of the text and later expand each section. Here we will use the second approach. We can start by asking ChatGPT to write us the outline of our blog:

> I want you to write me the structure of a short blog post for a general audience about writing a blog post with ChatGPT. Keep only the section titles

Title: Writing a Blog Post with ChatGPT: Unlocking the Power of AI

  • Introduction: Embracing the Potential of AI in Blogging
  • Understanding ChatGPT:
  • What is ChatGPT?
  • How does ChatGPT work
  • Benefits of using ChatGPT in blogging
  • Choosing the Right Topic:
  • Selecting an engaging topic
  • Considering the target audience
  • Researching and gathering information
    […]

We asked to only include the titles of the sections. The algorithm does not always follow instructions precisely. This can be mitigated by asking to refine the answer – ChatGPT remembers our conversation. It has a limit of 16 or 32 thousand tokens of memory, depending on the version. For simplicity, you can think of tokens as words (although less common words can be split into sub-words). So, let us give it another chance and ask again:

> Keep only the section titles

Title: Writing a Blog Post with ChatGPT: Unlocking the Power of AI

  1. Understanding ChatGPT
  2. Choosing the Right Topic
  3. Planning Your Blog Post
  4. Engaging Your Readers
  5. Enhancing Readability and Coherence
  6. Leveraging the Power of ChatGPT
  7. Human Touch and Editing
  8. Optimizing for SEO
  9. Conclusion: Unleashing Your Blogging Potential with ChatGPT

Now, that is better. The structure is not what I had in mind, though. It would be nice to know a bit more about ChatGPT and how it works, but we already know the topic. Also, planning, engaging readers, and SEO could be left for another post. We can touch on “Enhancing Readability and Coherence” in the “Human Touch and Editing” section. Let us change that:

> Remove sections: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8. Add the section “Limitations of ChatGPT” before Conclusions.

Title: Writing a Blog Post with ChatGPT: Unlocking the Power of AI

  1. Understanding ChatGPT
  2. Leveraging the Power of ChatGPT
  3. Human Touch and Editing Limitations of ChatGPT
  4. Conclusion: Unleashing Your Blogging Potential with ChatGPT

Understanding ChatGPT

We are ready to expand the first section. Let us see what ChatGPT can tell us about itself. I split the response to discuss each part in detail:

> Write the “Understanding ChatGPT” section in less than 100 words

ChatGPT is an AI-powered language model that generates text responses based on input prompts. It uses deep learning and extensive training on vast amounts of text data to mimic human-like conversations.

The first two sentences answer the question of what ChatGPT is. It is a language model, meaning it is trained to predict the next word, based on the previous words. To illustrate this assume that we have this not-fully-complete sentence:
“How are you …”


The task of the language model would be to predict the next word (probably “doing”) in this case. We can use this mechanism to generate text word-by-word (we call this type of algorithm autoregressive). The algorithm is trained on the vast amount of text coming from the Internet, books, newspapers, and others. As this text is written by humans, the algorithm learns to mimic them. 

This is only the first step, though. The problem with learning just by trying to complete the input of the user is that it might not be the actual expected answer. That is why ChatGPT is next trained on the questions and answers from the internet and produced by humans hired specifically to generate data to train the model. 

In the last step, ChatGPT is trained using Reinforcement Learning from Human Feedback, in which humans rate the performance and the model is trained to obtain the highest rating.

Architecturally, ChatGPT is based on the Transformer – a type of neural network used extensively in many other tasks of Natural Language Processing. Two characteristics made Transformers a de-facto industry standard for NLP. 

First, they are highly parallelizable, meaning that we can train them substantially faster than previous architectures on modern graphics cards. Graphics cards can make a vast amount of computations at the same time, and a model that can make use of this fact can benefit greatly. 

Second, it makes use of the self-attention, which allows it to learn long-term dependencies. In the self-attention module, the words (or tokens more specifically) can gather information from even very distant parts of the sentence. This makes the Transformer very powerful and allows it to accept and produce long inputs and outputs.

While it can be a valuable tool for generating ideas and refining content, it’s important to remember that ChatGPT lacks true understanding and may produce inaccurate or nonsensical responses. By combining the power of ChatGPT with human judgment and critical thinking, bloggers can harness its capabilities to enhance their writing process.

ChatGPT has made a good point there. There is no guarantee that whatever it writes is true or makes sense. We will touch on this topic more in the “Limitations of ChatGPT” section.

Leveraging the Power of ChatGPT

> Write the “Leveraging the Power of ChatGPT” section in less than 150 words

ChatGPT offers a range of benefits that bloggers can leverage to enhance their writing process. Firstly, it serves as a valuable brainstorming tool by generating ideas and expanding on concepts. You can use it to overcome writer’s block or explore different angles for your blog post.
Additionally, ChatGPT can help you clarify and elaborate on specific topics. If you need more information or want to dive deeper into a subject, ChatGPT can provide insights and explanations to enrich your content.

In this blog post we use ChatGPT to accomplish a specific goal – to write a blog post on a concrete topic. But it can be used almost as a search engine but without links. You can ask questions on a wide range of topics and use it as a stepping stone if you are interested in pursuing the topic in more depth using other tools.

Another advantage of using ChatGPT is its ability to assist in proofreading and refining your blog post. It can offer alternative phrasing, suggest improvements, or help identify errors or inconsistencies in your writing.
However, it’s important to exercise caution and critically evaluate the responses generated by ChatGPT. While it can be a valuable tool, it may occasionally provide inaccurate or irrelevant information. Therefore, it’s crucial to review and validate the content before incorporating it into your blog post.

We see this warning reiterated again and again throughout this blog. ChatGPT is very cautious and avoids presenting itself as a trusted source of knowledge. It reminds us that the responsibility for the text is on us – human (co)authors. This is recognized by the scientific community and increasing correctness and alignment is an active area of research.

By harnessing the power of ChatGPT effectively, bloggers can enhance their writing process, overcome challenges, and create engaging and informative content for their readers.

Human Touch and Editing

> Write the “Human Touch and Editing” section in less than 100 words

While ChatGPT can assist in generating content, it’s essential to add your unique human touch to the writing process. Human editing and refinement are crucial to ensure clarity, coherence, and a personal voice in your blog post. Take the time to review and revise the content generated by ChatGPT, making sure it aligns with your style and resonates with your audience. Injecting your expertise, creativity, and personality into the post adds authenticity and makes it stand out. Embrace the role of an editor, fine-tuning the content to perfection and crafting a compelling narrative that captures the attention of your readers.

One point that I hoped ChatGPT would touch on is plagiarism. Remember, language models are trained on existing texts – books, blogs, etc. They learn to mimic the authors by predicting the next word autoregressive. While the amount of data used to train the models like ChatGPT gives hope that it can learn to generalize and not memorize the training data, we cannot be sure that it does not rehearse what it has already seen before. Thus, it is important to check the responses for plagiarism if we intend to incorporate them into our work.

Limitations of ChatGPT

> Write the “Limitations of ChatGPT” section in less than 100 words

While ChatGPT is a powerful tool, it does have limitations. One key limitation is that it lacks true understanding and consciousness, relying solely on patterns and statistical correlations in the training data. As a result, it may generate responses that are incorrect, nonsensical, or biased. ChatGPT also tends to be sensitive to the input phrasing, meaning slight changes in wording can yield significantly different responses. It’s important to critically evaluate and verify the information provided by ChatGPT. Balancing the use of ChatGPT with human judgment is crucial to ensure the accuracy, quality, and ethical considerations of the content produced.

While ChatGPT is correct here, the list of limitations is longer than we are led to believe by reading that paragraph. It can give incorrect information and it does not have an option to access the Internet to retrieve necessary information. It was trained on the data that can be dated, so it is not “aware” of any information after the data cut-off.

Another thing is that it has problems with mathematical calculations and specialised topics. We can also see that it repeats the need for human review for its outputs. It is important to keep those limitations in mind when using this powerful tool.

Conclusions

> Write the “Conclusions” section in less than 100 words

ChatGPT presents an exciting opportunity to augment your blogging journey with the power of AI. By understanding its capabilities and limitations, you can leverage ChatGPT effectively to generate ideas, clarify concepts, and refine your content. Remember to incorporate your unique human touch and editorial skills to add authenticity and engage your readers. While ChatGPT is a valuable tool, it should be used in conjunction with critical thinking and careful review. By harnessing the potential of ChatGPT responsibly, you can unlock new levels of creativity, efficiency, and impact in your blog posts.

Let me close this post by stating that in VOXReality we are using the same type of neural network that ChatGPT is based on for the task of translation and speech recognition. Apart from that, we are also investigating how to incorporate language models, such as ChatGPT, to enhance our algorithms.
Finally, let us ask ChatGPT to write the introduction and put everything together. Here is the whole blog post written by ChatGPT:

Welcome to the future of blogging with ChatGPT! As AI technology continues to evolve, writers now have access to powerful language models like ChatGPT to enhance their creative process. In this blog post, we’ll explore how you can effectively utilize ChatGPT to generate engaging content, overcome writing challenges, and amplify your blogging potential. From understanding the fundamentals of ChatGPT to adding your personal touch, we’ll delve into the tips and strategies that will empower you to create captivating blog posts that leave a lasting impact on your readers. Let’s unlock the power of AI in blogging together!

Understanding ChatGPT

ChatGPT is an AI-powered language model that generates text responses based on input prompts. It uses deep learning and extensive training on vast amounts of text data to mimic human-like conversations.

While it can be a valuable tool for generating ideas and refining content, it’s important to remember that ChatGPT lacks true understanding and may produce inaccurate or nonsensical responses. By combining the power of ChatGPT with human judgment and critical thinking, bloggers can harness its capabilities to enhance their writing process.

Leveraging the Power of ChatGPT

ChatGPT offers a range of benefits that bloggers can leverage to enhance their writing process. Firstly, it serves as a valuable brainstorming tool by generating ideas and expanding on concepts. You can use it to overcome writer’s block or explore different angles for your blog post.

Additionally, ChatGPT can help you clarify and elaborate on specific topics. If you need more information or want to dive deeper into a subject, ChatGPT can provide insights and explanations to enrich your content.

Another advantage of using ChatGPT is its ability to assist in proofreading and refining your blog post. It can offer alternative phrasing, suggest improvements, or help identify errors or inconsistencies in your writing.

However, it’s important to exercise caution and critically evaluate the responses generated by ChatGPT. While it can be a valuable tool, it may occasionally provide inaccurate or irrelevant information. Therefore, it’s crucial to review and validate the content before incorporating it into your blog post.

By harnessing the power of ChatGPT effectively, bloggers can enhance their writing process, overcome challenges, and create engaging and informative content for their readers.

Human Touch and Editing

While ChatGPT can assist in generating content, it’s essential to add your unique human touch to the writing process. Human editing and refinement are crucial to ensure clarity, coherence, and a personal voice in your blog post. Take the time to review and revise the content generated by ChatGPT, making sure it aligns with your style and resonates with your audience. Injecting your expertise, creativity, and personality into the post adds authenticity and makes it stand out. Embrace the role of an editor, fine-tuning the content to perfection and crafting a compelling narrative that captures the attention of your readers.

Limitations of ChatGPT

While ChatGPT is a powerful tool, it does have limitations. One key limitation is that it lacks true understanding and consciousness, relying solely on patterns and statistical correlations in the training data. As a result, it may generate responses that are incorrect, nonsensical, or biased. ChatGPT also tends to be sensitive to the input phrasing, meaning slight changes in wording can yield significantly different responses. It’s important to critically evaluate and verify the information provided by ChatGPT. Balancing the use of ChatGPT with human judgment is crucial to ensure the accuracy, quality, and ethical considerations of the content produced.

Conclusions: Unleashing Your Blogging Potential with ChatGPT

ChatGPT presents an exciting opportunity to augment your blogging journey with the power of AI. By understanding its capabilities and limitations, you can leverage ChatGPT effectively to generate ideas, clarify concepts, and refine your content. Remember to incorporate your unique human touch and editorial skills to add authenticity and engage your readers. While ChatGPT is a valuable tool, it should be used in conjunction with critical thinking and careful review. By harnessing the potential of ChatGPT responsibly, you can unlock new levels of creativity, efficiency, and impact in your blog posts.

 

Paweł Mąka

Paweł Mąka

Hello! My name is Paweł Mąka and I am a PhD candidate at Maastricht University. I am working on Natural Language Processing, particularly focusing on Machine Translation. My research centers around empowering artificial neural networks to leverage translation context more effectively. My passion lies in the fascinating world of neural networks and their deep understanding of language.

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