This Goal-Setting Story Was Half-Written By an AI–What Did You Think?

A robot showing ChatGPT writing ability

(Editor’s note: Artificial intelligence-driven chatbots are all the rage now, and over at Project Bold Life’s sister site, Bold Business, we’ve been exploring what this content-creating technology means for the world. You can read on of Bold’s many stories on the topic here. But I didn’t want Project Bold Life’s readers to be left out of the discussion, so I asked PBL writer Ritz to see how ChatGPT–one of the more prominent AI chatbots–handled a story on goal-setting. Let us know what you think!)

In 2023, roughly 1.3 billion people worldwide used chatbots. While a majority use them for commerce and e-commerce, some find AI chatbot templates a more convenient tool for creating content, images, and codes. ChatGPT is one of the many popular AI chatbots that people around the globe use daily. We decided to have the chatbot write an article on setting goals, and here’s our take on it.

Settling on Keywords

Learning how to use the ChatGPT chatbot is easy, as users only have to type specific keywords related to the information they need and let the software do the rest. Accessing the software is also convenient because it’s free despite needing to register an account before being able to utilize it.

Finding the right set of keywords is one of the parts I found interesting. The text must revolve around setting goals to create content about goal-setting with an AI chatbot. Using ChatGPT, I started with “write an article about goal-setting,” and after a minute or two, the bot came up with a simple article, under 400 words, on the subject. Although the content had all the necessary aspects of a story, the idea was broad and lacked more details.

Deciding to see if the text or keywords can affect the content of the article, I input another set of keywords that focuses on a different idea still related to the main topic. I settled on “how to set goals” and received a short story having half of the same ideas from the previous keywords.

In a way, articles created in ChatGPT will have high similarities as long as they’re about the same topic. Even with changed keywords, both stories focus on how goal-setting works.

ChatGPT writing ability on display on a phone
Why does ChatGPT’s writing ability matter? Well, would you want goal-setting advice from a robot?

Story Content and Word Count

Another factor worth noting is the experience we had with ChatGPT on the content they produce. Most of the ideas and words used in the stories created by the chatbot are similar. But there are some parts, like the introduction, that change. Although minimal, it transforms how the article presents goal-setting.

By using the keywords to write an article about goal setting, the chatbot created a straightforward introduction to the story. Here is an example:

“Goal setting is a powerful tool that can help you achieve your aspirations and reach your full potential. Whether you’re looking to advance in your career, improve your health, or achieve a personal dream, setting clear and measurable goals is the first step in making your aspirations a reality.”

But by asking for content using the keywords how to set goals, ChatGPT pointed out the process in their introduction. Although it used most of the ideas from the first article, it added how readers set their goals through the SMART method. Here is what the introduction looked like:

“Setting goals is a crucial step in realizing your aspirations and achieving success. Whether you’re looking to improve your personal or professional life, having well-defined goals can help you stay focused and motivated. Following the SMART tool can help you set effective goals. Here are some tips on how to do that.”

In addition to content, the word count for the articles ChatGPT provides is somehow limited. When it comes to keywords, there are little to no changes as long as the main idea remains. For example, the two texts used for the goal-setting story have the same topic, despite rewording them.

But for the number of words, the articles remain within a 350 to 400 count. The average word total in ChatGPT content is 350 to 360. Due to this, the ideas provided within the body are broad, limited, and lack examples and other information.

(Here’s an article on goal-setting that wasn’t written by an AI–in fact, it was written by Project Bold Life publisher Ed Kopko!)

To check the word count range of the content from the AI chatbot, I added a specific number to the text and changed them until the chatbot notified an error in producing the article. ChatGPT had no issues producing articles with 350 to 600 words. However, it started alerting errors in completing the task for a 700-word story. In addition, it also takes longer for the software to finish the content and has numerous pauses before continuing.

The advantage of being specific with the word count is getting content with improved explanations and more details and examples. It helps readers understand the topic better. A notable downside is the repetition of some ideas in different parts of the article.

Working on Content with An AI Chatbot

Writing an article using ChatGPT is pretty convenient, considering the benefits it provides to writers. One notable perk is how it skips the long process of research. It also minimizes the editing time that comes with content writing.

While writing can take a long time, the process becomes easier if the topic is familiar or, in most cases, if the writer has ample research material. Working on content using an AI chatbot diminishes both of these concerns.

The editing time also speeds up because the content provided has minimal grammatical mistakes. In addition, adding or changing the parts of the content is easier because the story structure is complete.

The AI Chatbot Writing Experience

The whole experience of writing content with an AI chatbot comes with several perks and disadvantages, including limitations. The most important thing when using the software is identifying and understanding which keywords produce the content you need. Being specific with it is also crucial to get the best results. Despite its convenience, there are limits to the information it provides, and it can be more confusing to readers unfamiliar with the topic. Nonetheless, it shows promise, especially if the user becomes more attuned to working with it.


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