Examining the World of ChatGPT: A Three-Part Blog Series

Steven Watson


AI technologies, such as ChatGPT, have opened up new avenues for applications in education, research, and creative writing. In a recent talk, I examined the potential benefits and challenges associated with the use of ChatGPT. The discussion encompassed various aspects, including university policies, prompt engineering, and the frequent misconceptions regarding its capabilities. In this introductory post, I will provide a brief overview of the forthcoming three-part blog series that delves deeper into these topics, all based on my talk.

Part 1: Addressing the Challenges of ChatGPT for Academic Institutions

The first blog post in this series concentrates on the difficulties academic institutions encounter when regulating the use of ChatGPT. It analyzes the current academic policies, the potential limitations of these policies, and the impact of AI-generated content on academic integrity. The post also explores the significance of fostering innovation while maintaining ethical standards in the realm of education.

Part 2: Debunking Common Misconceptions about ChatGPT’s Capabilities

The second blog post aims to address the prevailing misunderstandings about ChatGPT and its capabilities. It clarifies the distinctions between ChatGPT and traditional search engines, emphasizing that ChatGPT is not a source of information, but rather a tool for transforming textual structure and form. The post also highlights the potential applications of ChatGPT in education and research when utilized responsibly and ethically.

Part 3: Mastering the Art of Prompt Engineering

The final blog post in this series delves into the intricacies of prompt engineering, a crucial aspect of interacting with AI technologies like ChatGPT. It illustrates the importance of refining and optimizing input prompts to guide the AI in generating desired outputs. The post also includes an example of prompt engineering in action, demonstrating its effectiveness in producing meaningful and creative content.