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How enablers of change might use ChatGPT

Have you heard about ChatGPT… the state-of-the-art conversational artificial intelligence (AI) system that can generate human-like text based on a given prompt? In this episode we’re going to explore what it is and how we might use it as enablers of change.

ChatGPT stands for Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer and is an AI-powered language model developed by OpenAI. It is a conversational AI system that uses deep-learning algorithms to generate human-like text based on a given prompt. The system is trained on a large body of text, including books, articles, and websites, which allows it to generate a wide range of responses to different types of prompts.

ChatGPT is designed to be highly flexible and can be used for a variety of tasks, such as answering questions, generating creative writing, and even coding. The system can understand the context of a conversation and generate coherent and relevant responses. This makes it an ideal tool for building chatbots and virtual assistants, as well as for use in other conversational AI applications.

The main advantage of ChatGPT is its ability to generate text that could be from one of us—human-like text. This makes it well-suited for tasks that require natural language processing. Its large language model, combined with its ability to learn from a diverse range of text, means that it can handle a wide range of topics and generate highly accurate responses. So it really is an ideal tool for a wide range of applications.

So let’s explore how we might use it as enablers of change. As we all know, agricultural extension is a crucial aspect of modern agriculture, providing farmers with access to the latest research, best practices, and innovative technologies. The goal of agricultural extension is to improve the livelihoods of farmers, enhance the sustainability of agriculture, and promote the growth of rural communities. In the digital age, the use of AI and Natural Language Processing technologies, such as ChatGPT, could become popular in agricultural extension services.

One way ChatGPT can be used in agricultural extension is through the development of chatbots. Farmers can interact with these chatbots to receive information on a wide range of topics, including best practices for crop production, pest and disease management, and market information. Chatbots can also provide customised recommendations based on the specific needs and circumstances of each farmer. For example, a chatbot could provide recommendations on which crops are best suited to a specific region, based on the local climate and soil conditions. This information can help farmers make informed decisions about which crops to plant, leading to improved yields and reduced risk of crop failure. 

This could also include real-time support to farmers in the field. For example, a farmer could use their mobile phone to send a message to a chatbot, seeking advice on how to manage a pest infestation or how to deal with a crop disease. The chatbot could then provide recommendations and guidance, helping the farmer to make informed decisions and resolve the issue.

Another way it can be used in agricultural extension is through the creation of virtual assistants. These virtual assistants can be used to provide information on a range of topics, including the latest research and technology, and can also help farmers access relevant government services and programs. For example, a virtual assistant could help farmers navigate complex application processes, providing step-by-step guidance and answering any questions along the way.

Finally, ChatGPT can also be used to generate educational content, such as articles and video scripts, that can be used to support agricultural extension services. This content can be tailored to the specific needs of farmers, and can cover topics such as soil management, water conservation, and crop rotation. By providing access to high-quality educational content, ChatGPT can help farmers build their knowledge and skills, leading to improved productivity and profitability.

In conclusion, ChatGPT is a powerful tool that has the potential to revolutionise agricultural extension services. By providing farmers with access to high-quality information and support, ChatGPT can help improve the livelihoods of farmers, enhance the sustainability of agriculture, and promote the growth of rural communities. As technology continues to advance, it is likely that we’ll see even more innovative applications of ChatGPT in the field of agricultural extension.

At this point, you may be wondering if this is fanciful thinking. Well, what if we admitted that ChatGPT wrote almost the entirety of this blog post? We merely asked it to do two things for us: Explain what ChatGPT is, and write a blog post about how ChatGPT could be used in agricultural extension. Apart from a few minor edits, we used what it gave us verbatim. We hope this demonstrates to you the power of artificial intelligence and how we might use it for good. 

To get started, you just need to go to the website, create an account, and think about what question you’d like to ask! Be warned though, it’s a fairly popular place right now, so you may find it will politely ask you to come back later when it is less busy.

Google is getting ready to introduce its version of an AI chatbot, which they’re calling Bard. Unfortunately in an advertisement spruiking what Bard could do, it made a factual error. When asked “What new discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope can I tell my 9-year-old about?”, Bard responded saying that the telescope was used to take the very first pictures of a planet outside the Earth’s solar system. That might sound impressive, but it was wrong, as the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope did that back in 2004. And that is said to have contributed to a drop of over $100 billion in the value of the shares for Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

The lesson for us is that while artificial intelligence is very clever, it is not infallible. So we need to thoroughly check anything that it gives us. And often it comes back to asking the right questions so as to get the appropriate answers. At this time, the beta version of ChatGPT is not connected to the internet, and all the data it’s been fed is about 18 months old. So if we were to ask it to tell us about the prime minister of New Zealand it would be telling us all about Jacinda Ardern, rather than Chris Hipkins! 

Now that you’ve read what we (and GPTChat!) think, we’d like to hear your thoughts! Add a comment below and tell us about your experiences with ChatGPT, including any tips and further ideas about it. Have you used it? We don’t want this to be just a one-way conversationjoin in by sharing your thoughts and ideas with us! 

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Jeff Coutts
1 year ago

Great that you tackled this new kid on the block re agricultural extension. I wonder whether this will be a challenge to traditional advisory extension – or a value adding. Whatever the case, this type of intelligent virtual information broker is here to stay and we need to explore how it complements or changes our roles.

1 year ago

Hi John, I’m not sure if you recall that about 10 years ago we had some discussions about what would be involved in creating an extension Wiki? Maybe ChatGPT will negate the need for pulling information together in the form of a hyperlinked wiki? I’m thinking that chatbot AI will take a significant step forward when it allowed access to refereed journals. Also, as a provider of extension material, we are getting quite personalised messages suggesting we add specific information to our on-line information resources “to ensure our readers understood the seriousness of the situation”. An example is a reference… Read more »

Dr. Rao Sabir Sattar
Dr. Rao Sabir Sattar
1 year ago

Thank you for exploring the uses of this tool in agricultural extension. It will open new ways to communicate with the farming community.

Aaron Meikle
Aaron Meikle
1 year ago

Its a fast moving space – Microsoft have already launched the next step with ChatGPT incorporated into its Bing search engine. Have used ChatGPT for a couple of extension activities so far and my take on it (at present – will improve very fast) is it is great for the ‘quantity’ stuff, such as fleshing out an answer or a bit of text, but the role of the Extensioneer is to do the ‘quality’ work. Because GPT is trained on the internet, and a lot of stuff on the internet is wrong if not complete BS, checking what it has… Read more »

Graham Harris
Graham Harris
1 year ago

Thanks for this episode on AI – at the moment the AI concept is causing a lot of angst amongst the photographic community. It will be interesting to see where it all ends up. You make a good point about the need to check the ‘facts’ generated by ai – the old adage of garbage in, garbage out (GIGO)

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