OpenAI - ChatGPT amazing interactions

Anybody else playing with this? So far I have had some real duds of interactions and some that are frankly astonishing. It is really good at some things, enough that people might get over confident in its answers on other things where it isn't so good. But if you understand its limits it could really be a useful tool.

Among the most useful - I gave it three recipes and asked it to combine them and put the instructions in a logical order so that everything would be done at the same time. It did so, and even added instructions such as "mince the onion" when the recipe list said "1 onion, minced."

It is also great if you have written something and want to edit it for clarity and grammar. You can even ask it to change the voice or alter the style to be more casual, more formal, etc.

It is lousy at facts though and will pretend to do math it can't do. E.g. you can ask for a meal plan with calories, and ask it to average calories across meals. It will provide numbers but these have little bearing on the data and the averages are way off. It is just pattern matching against similar data.

But if you give it a list of food you have on hand and ask it to suggest meals, it does a pretty good job.

Anybody else having fun with this, or finding interesting uses?

I've been using it to help write copy for me.  It's really cool.

For my JamieSpace platform I asked it to write some promotional text for an app with a discussion board, calendar, contact directory, and fileshare module that is simple to start, affordable, and private.  This is what it wrote:

"Looking for an easy and affordable way to stay connected with your team and collaborate on projects? Look no further than [app name]! Our app features a user-friendly discussion board that allows you to share ideas and discuss important topics with your colleagues. The built-in calendar helps you stay organized and on top of your schedule, and the contact directory makes it easy to find and connect with your team. Plus, with our secure fileshare module, you can share documents and resources privately and with confidence. Best of all, getting started with [app name] is a breeze – no complicated setup or expensive fees required. Try it out today and experience the power of simple, affordable, and private collaboration!"

Then I asked to abbreviate it:

"Connect and collaborate with JamieSpace, the easy and affordable team productivity app. Features include a discussion board, calendar, contact directory, and secure fileshare module. No complicated setup or fees. Try it out today for simple, affordable, and private collaboration."

Here's the link - you do need to log in to use it:

Cool! I also used it to edit some copy for work but I am not posting here as it might be proprietary. It cleaned up my staff member's grammar, was more succinct, and easier to read. 

For fun I gave the AI the topic and asked for a similar length piece ... it was well written but flat out wrong. I asked for verification of one of the wrong things and it asserted strongly that it was right. So don't think it could replace my staff, and I truly hope nobody uses this as a substitute for learning in a more effective way. But it could save me a lot of editing time.

I asked for a cookie recipe using dried figs. I got this ... can't find a comparable recipe anywhere on the internet but it sounds good. A sort of thumbprint cookie with the figs in the dough and a cream cheese filling in the thumbprint. There are lots of recipes going the other way, with cream cheese in the dough and figs in the center, but this one seems unique.

Fig cookies with a creamy center


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup dried figs, chopped

1/2 cup cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup powdered sugar


Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Stir in the chopped figs.
Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet. Use your fingers to slightly flatten each cookie.
In a small bowl, beat together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture onto the center of each cookie.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden.
Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Once cooled, serve and enjoy!

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