Headline, June 12 2022/ ''' '' CHATGPT -1001 NIGHTS- CHARMER '' '''

''' '' CHATGPT -1001


ONCE UPON A TIME : FOR NAIF ALANAZI - a 35 year old Ph.D student at Kent State University, bedtime is a sacred ritual for him and his 4-year-old daughter, Yasmeen. '' I have to work all day,'' he said. ''This is our special time.''

His Saudi Arabian family has a deep tradition of telling oral stories. Wanting to continue it, he used it to try to connect new, thrilling tales each evening. '' Do you know how difficult it is to come up with something new every day? he asked, laughing.

NOW, he lets the bot do the work.

Every night he asks ChatGPT to create a story that involves people [his daughter's teacher for instance] and places [school, the park] from her day, along with a cliffhanger at the end so he can continue the story the next night.

'' Sometimes I ask it to add a value she needs to learn, like honesty or being kind to others,'' he said. 

'' Being able to give her something that is more than a generic story, something that can increase our bond and show her that I am interested in her daily life,'' he said. '' It makes me feel so much close to her.''

Todd Mitchem kept struggling to have honest, productive conversations with his son. ''He's 15,'' Mr. Mitchem, 52, said with a laugh. '' Teenagers are so difficult to connect with.''

Every time he tried to bring up a sensitive issue, his son gave vague answers or ran away, preferring to avoid serious talks altogether.

In the past, when Mr. Mitchum needed parental help, he read a book or posed a question to the men's support group he meets with weekly. But recently he has turned to ChatGPT.

He's not alone : Others are turning to artificial intelligence to figure out what to say in situations where the stakes feel high. They are using the tool to talk to or read to their children, to approach their bosses, to provide difficult feedback and to write wedding vows or love letters.

Unlike friends or even professionals, Mr. Mitchem said, the bot gives what feels like objective advice.  ''The bot is giving me responses based on analysis and data, not human emotions,'' he said.

ChatGPT, the new virtual tool powered by OpenAI, sources its information from a wide range of online material including books, news articles, scientific journals, websites and even message boards, allowing users to have human like conversations with a chat bot.

'' It's giving you what the collective hive mind on the internet would say,'' said Irina Raicu, who directs the internet ethics program at Santa Clara University in California.

[ Other companies, including Google and Microsoft, have their own versions of this technology. Microsoft's called Bing A.I., recently gained notoriety for aggressively declaring its love to the New York Times journalist Kevin Roose.]

Mr. Mitchem, who lives in Denver and is the executive vice president of Learning and product for a leadership training company, opened his conversation by typing, in summary : '' I need some friendly advice.''

''OK, no problem,'' ChatGPT responded, according to Mr. Mitchem.

''What is your name?''

In the course of their conversation, ChatGPT told Mr. Mitchem that he is a good father for even wondering how to approach a conversation with his son about the decision to join a basketball team. '' It said something like, 'It's cool if you don't get it right, but it's awesome that you are trying.' ''

Mr. Mitchem said the bot then continued : ''Teenage boys, when they are growing up, are trying to force their independence. Remember when you talk to him, he needs to know that you trust your decisions.''

The next day Mr. Mitchem approached his son and tried out the advice. '' I said to him, ' You need to make this decision; you are 14, and I trust you will make a good one,'' Mr. Mitchem said. '' My son goes. 'Wow, that's awesome. I'll let you know what I decide.' ''

'' We left on a positive note,'' Mr.Mitchem said. '' It totally worked.''

Office Applications : Jessica Massey, 29, a finance analyst at Cisco Systems, who lives in Buffalo, has been writing draft emails to her boss using ChatGPT.

'' I wanted to test out its capabilities to see if there was a different way A.I. would word what I was thinking in my head,''  she wrote in an email. [ One person interviewed confessed to consulting ChatGPT to help prepare for the interview for this story. Another admitted to using it for employee reviews.]

Ms. Massey used the bot to write an email to her boss explaining why the company should pay for a certain professional certification. The bot gave her pretty boilerplate language, she said. She hasn't sent it yet, but plans to, once she changes ''the verbiage a bit to make it sound more like me.''

Ms. Massey has a rule about relying on a chat bot : '' Disclose it at the end of your work or not use it at all.''

Scholars who study technology and ethics, however, have mixed feelings about using ChatGPT for highly personalized communication.

'' We shouldn't automatically reject tools that might help people deal with a difficult conversation,'' said Michael Zimmer, the director of the Center for Data, Ethics and Society at Marquette University. 

He equates the practice to buying a Hallmark Card for a birthday or anniversary. '' We've all accepted doing that because the words on the card align with something I believe,'' he said.

Ms. Raicu, from Santa Clara University, however, rejects the idea of a ''right'' and ''wrong'' way to communicate. '' I think the right words depend on who the people are who are communicating and the context,'' she said. '' There is no formula for a lot of this stuff.''

Ms. Raicu said that using ChatGPT for personal communication may undermine trust. '' People might ask, ' Do I really know who I am talking to?' ''

The Honour and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Artificial Intelligence,  ChatGPT, and our Times, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Alyson Krueger.

With respectful dedication to the Global Founder Framers of !WOW! and then Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

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