ChatGPT launched just last November, and already it seems like everyone has started worrying about how artificial intelligence programs like this one are going to affect our world—and maybe even take our jobs.
I decided to take this question right to the source. Could ChatGPT replace human editors?
Here is ChatGPT’s reply:
- While CHATGPT is an advanced language model capable of generating coherent and grammatically correct text, it is not yet advanced enough to completely eliminate the need for human editors. While it can produce well-written content on a wide range of topics, it still has limitations and can make errors, particularly with context and nuance. Additionally, CHATGPT is not able to understand the specific tone, voice, and style requirements of each individual project, which is where human editors excel. While CHATGPT is an incredibly useful tool for content creation, it is not a substitute for the experience and expertise of a skilled human editor.
I asked the same question about human proofreaders and got this reply:
- While ChatGPT is a highly sophisticated language model that can generate text that is largely grammatically correct, it is not yet advanced enough to completely eliminate the need for proofreaders. While it may catch some basic spelling and grammar errors, it can still miss subtle mistakes and issues with sentence structure, tone, and voice that require a human touch. Additionally, ChatGPT does not have the contextual understanding and attention to detail that a skilled proofreader possesses, which is essential for ensuring that text is error-free and polished. While ChatGPT is a valuable tool for content creation, it is not a replacement for the precision and expertise of a human proofreader.
Notice that ChatGPT proved its own point by capitalizing its own name differently in each response: CHATGPT vs. ChatGPT. And can you spot ChatGPT’s dangling modifier and its error in subject-verb agreement?
Great writing blends context, nuance, tone, style, structure, polish, and attention to detail—all of which require human understanding. ChatGPT agrees. So, for now at least, I’ll keep my day job.
By Kristina Kiracofe Harwood, a Senior Editor with TalentMEDIA Services.