Regarding the first ChatGPT-generated summary of Joel Orosz's Asylum articles,
Bob Leonard writes:
"This reads like a bald list of the contents, with no highlights or judgment of originality or significance. If this is all you want, great! But it has a good chance of missing the point. Imagine a similar dry summary of Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet."
But of course - and all the more reason for readers to join NBS and partake in the Real McCoy of talented, human-driven authorship, which was our goal. Here's Pete Smith's take.
Comment on ChatGPT
I was interested to read about Joel Orosz and his experiences using ChatGPT to summarize his series of articles on Bushnell and the Flandin catalog. This puts Joel on the leading edge of technology and innovation. This was not always true.
Around 2015, I was working with Joel and Len Augsburger on another project. I produced a composite photograph illustrating our level of computer literacy.
The guy in the red shirt is Len Augsburger working on his modern laptop. The guy in the blue shirt is Pete Smith working on an eight-year-old desktop computer. The guy in the white shirt is Dr. Joel J. Orosa Ph.D. writing with a quill pen.
It would appear that with Len's help, Joel has progressed well beyond my ability to write at a 10th grade level. Perhaps the two of them can now teach me how to use AI to write a weekly feature on numismatic biography.
That explains the photos accompanying Joel's article, which I envision being lit with flash powder. Safely far from the rest of his numismatic library, of course. With a water pail and freezer nearby.
For more information on flash powder photography, see:
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
I WAS A TEENAGE PROMPT ENGINEER
BUSHNELL'S COMPENDIUM CATALOG, PART ONE
Wayne Homren, Editor
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