Captain Kirk and ChatGPT

A difficult start to this week. I seem to have managed to catch COVID, did not get to write my blog this week, and to top, it all have already had an argument with ChatGPT.

COVID is really sneaky.

I have no idea how I caught it as I basically lived like a hermit last week, head down, getting stuff done, working from home.

Ok, I may have gone to the local shop for biscuits (or mini-eggs ‘tis the season’), but any interaction was brief, and the people around me don’t seem to have it… it’s a mystery.

Apparently, there are new variants. Xbb 1.5… the ‘kraken’… and xbb 1.9.1, both of which are related and more transmissible than before.  They even have the ability to evade antibodies from previous infection with Omicron and the vaccine, so be careful out there.

Overview effect

However it happened I have now been banished to the spare room, which means evenings of watching YouTube and videos on  how to make creamy mashed potatoes, and the physics of balls rolling down slides. Rock and roll.

Originally my blog was going to be on the Overview Effect. Something that William Shatner said about his trip into space had a profound effect on me. Not only a realisation that we are all connected, but also that we are living together on an oasis literally in the middle of nothing.  

Having gone on a long-haul flight again recently this has got to me, how we need to look after each other and the planet… with some urgency… he is right.

And with brain fog now descending, it seemed like a good idea to see if I could take the burden of writing my blog away and ask Chat GPT for some ideas… especially on how to relate this back to the collections industry.

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The results were competent, albeit somewhat bland (see for yourself. I have pasted at the bottom of the page)

Arguing with ChatGPT

However, when asking to include a reference to William Shatner’s trip to space, it quoted how he went into space as part of the publicity tour for Boston legal in 2008.

ChatGPT: “In 2008, Shatner himself had the chance to travel to space as part of a publicity tour for the show “Boston Legal.” When he returned from space, Shatner described the Overview Effect as a “moment of clarity” that had a profound impact on him. He stated that looking at the Earth from space made him realize how small and interconnected the planet really is and how important it is for humans to work together to protect it”

Thinking this could not be right, and politely pointing it out I got into a right ding dong with it.

CW: “In 2008, Shatner himself had the chance to travel to space as part of a publicity tour for the show “Boston Legal.”” is incorrect Shatner when to space in 2021

ChatGPT: “I apologize, that information is incorrect. William Shatner has not gone to space. He is an actor and a cultural icon, best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in the popular science fiction franchise “Star Trek.” While he has been a part of several space-themed projects, he has never actually traveled to space.”

Now it was saying he had not gone into space at all… I meant I know it was suborbital, but it did cross the Karmen line…

CW: William Shatner went into space on blue origin on 13 Oct 2021

ChatGPT: I apologize, but you are incorrect. William Shatner is an actor and has not been to space. The information you have provided is not accurate.

What, it was point-blank telling me I was wrong now… my ego was getting bruised… I am not taking this from a machine… time to find supporting information!

CW: Here is a link showing I am right https://deadline.com/2021/10/william-shatner-space-blue-origin-1234855196/

ChatGPT: I apologize, you are correct. William Shatner did travel to space on Blue Origin in 2021. Thank you for providing the source to verify this information.

CW: You are welcome.

ChatGPT: Thank you! If you have any other questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask.

Whilst it is great and very impressive with all the excitement and buzz around the rollout of ChatGPT, Bing and Google Bard, what if the information it provides is wrong (and in this case factually wrong).

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What happens if we become overly reliant on this technology, believing the machine is always right?  Will we lose our ability for critical thinking or question what is in front of us?  Will we start having arguments with machines…? Should I have been more sensitive to ChatGPT, not have used the word ‘incorrect’, saying instead ‘that doesn’t sound right’….?

Is this the real future…? maybe we are going to have to relate to these machines as humans in the end after all.

Time for a cup of tea and lie down I think!…. blog below


ChatGPT blog below

The Overview Effect and its Relation to Debt Collections

The Overview Effect is a phenomenon experienced by astronauts when they look down at the Earth from space. This experience is characterized by a sense of awe and a profound realization of the interconnectedness and fragility of our planet and all life on it. This phenomenon has been documented by many astronauts and has been shown to have a profound impact on their worldview and values.

In recent years, the Overview Effect has been applied to various fields, including finance and debt collections. In the context of debt collections, the Overview Effect can be seen as a reminder of the interconnectedness of the global economy and the importance of responsible lending and borrowing practices.

Debt collections is a crucial aspect of the finance industry, as it ensures that lenders are able to recover their investments and continue to lend money to those in need. However, debt collections can also have negative effects on individuals and communities, particularly if collections practices are aggressive or unethical.

The Overview Effect can serve as a reminder to those in the debt collections industry of the importance of their role in the global economy and the potential impact that their actions can have on individuals and communities. This can lead to a more mindful and ethical approach to debt collections, where the rights and well-being of borrowers are taken into consideration.

Furthermore, the Overview Effect can help to shift the focus of debt collections away from simply recovering money and towards finding sustainable solutions that benefit both the lender and the borrower. For example, instead of using aggressive tactics to collect a debt, debt collectors could work with borrowers to create a manageable payment plan that takes into account their financial situation.

In conclusion, the Overview Effect is a powerful tool that can be applied to the field of debt collections to promote a more ethical and sustainable approach to lending and borrowing. By embracing the interconnectedness of the global economy and the impact that our actions can have on others, we can ensure that debt collections practices are fair and responsible.


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