ChatGPT Code Isn’t Valuable
I know it’s hard to believe articles on Medium aren’t all about using ChatGPT to create yet another card game in Rust
I realized that coding isn’t fucking easy at all. I know, what a humble take from a writer like me.
It hit me when I was helping a friend of mine parse and calculate the results of a study they’ve been doing for the past couple of months. While they have some coding knowledge, it mostly revolved around MatLab. After asking ChatGPT for a Python script to calculate the results, they reached out for help due to confusion.
It was kind of interesting what I learned…
Now, I will derail this article by starting with another story.
In my third year of university, I was a TA for an Introductory Programming course. Part of my role was running a weekly lab and grade. The labs were to practice concepts from class and ask questions. It was due the day after if time didn’t allow.
However, one week of the lab was very interesting. One of the questions revolved around creating a simple bank system. The program was supposed to be a loop that would capture user input and perform a few types of transactions. Some of the students cheated on it in the funniest way possible. They copied and pasted a similar question posted on StackOverflow.
No, you read that correctly, not the answer or the question with the proper fix, just the question with the broken code. It had the same exact issue.
The only reason an alarm went off in my head was the input prompt had pounds instead of dollars, as detailed. They didn’t even swap out the symbols. After some Googling, I found the post.
Moral of the story is that you can access all the correct information, but it isn’t valuable if you don’t know what to do with it.
I relate it to the modern-day COVID-19 vaccine misinformation: how many people can consume the research, understand the methodology, and interpret the conclusions? Can anyone even explain to me how mRNA works? No, no, my sweet summer child, a Facebook post quoting the bible isn’t sufficient.