Getting AI to do my job for me

December 19, 2022 | Brigantia
Will Shaw

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Will Shaw

You may have heard it said that to get the right answer, you need to ask the right question. I found this to be especially true when I had a peculiar “conversation” with https://chat.openai.com/chat this morning. I was seeing whether it could produce any easily readable content to post on the subject of cyber security. My first attempts produced content, but it was about as readable as an academic paper on a subject that you’re not interested in. 

Clearly, I was asking the wrong questions. In one of my way-too-rare flashes of inspiration, I wrote, “Please provide a funny blog post about cyber security”. Whilst the result is not exactly stand-up comedian worthy, it was not bad. Here it is, in its full unedited glory:

As the threat of cyber attacks continues to grow, it's important to take cybersecurity seriously. But that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun with it! Here are a few tips for staying safe online, with a dash of humor thrown in for good measure:

  • Use strong, unique passwords for all of your online accounts. And no, "password123" doesn't count as unique. Try using a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters, like "T0m@t0Sauce!"
    Be wary of phishing emails. If you receive an email from a Nigerian prince promising you millions of dollars, it's probably not legit. Trust your gut, and don't click on any links or download any attachments from suspicious sources.
  • Keep your software up to date. Outdated software can make your computer vulnerable to attacks. So make sure to regularly update your operating system, web browser, and any other software you use. And yes, those annoying update notifications are there for a reason.
  • Protect your personal information. Don't share sensitive information, such as your Social Security number or bank account details, with anyone online. And be careful what you post on social media - you never know who might be watching.
  • Stay alert. Cyber attackers are constantly coming up with new ways to trick us. So it's important to stay informed about the latest threats and best practices for staying safe online. Keep an eye out for news and updates from reputable sources, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you're not sure about something.

Remember, cybersecurity is no joke. But with a little knowledge and a healthy dose of scepticism, you can stay safe online and have a little fun while you're at it.

I can’t help but wonder, what would Alan Turing have made of it…

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