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What you are reading is “content” that began in my brain — written by me without the assistance of any “artificial intelligence.” I’ve published such content for over 13 years on this platform.

However, artificial intelligence programs can write content, and auctioneers (and many others) appear convinced such content is a lot quicker to create, and just as good. I would submit it might be someday in the not-too-distant future, but it’s not yet.

I recently asked ChatGPT a series of questions regarding the auction industry, the law, consumer products, politics, academia, history, etc. and the answers were incorrect more than 60% of the time. Many of the responses were completely nonsensical.

Further, I could “regenerate response[s]” and get contrary and irreconcilable so-called content, which suggests the product isn’t quite ready for prime time. For instance, it can’t be July 1963 and June 1967 at the same time.

Other products that promise to be more accurate and complete are being released to the general population very soon, including Google’s Bard AI offering and others. Would I put anything ChatGPT created on my platform? Would I recommend you put anything ChatGPT created on your website or social media?

As I’ve suggested — as of today, February 24, 2023 — probably not. Once these products become more discerning, accurate, and complete … and far less inclined to completely fabricate content … then absolutely, and I’m looking forward to that day and you should be too.

Lastly, could you today and hereafter use ChatGPT and other like products to create rough drafts of content, which you then proof, edit and then publish? Maybe, although currently, it might be as easy and time-consuming to just write that content yourself.

Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, CAI, CAS, AARE has been an auctioneer and certified appraiser for over 30 years. His company’s auctions are located at Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, Brandly Real Estate & Auction, and Goodwill Columbus Car Auction. He serves as Distinguished Faculty at Hondros College, Executive Director of The Ohio Auction School, and an Instructor at the National Auctioneers Association’s Designation Academy and Western College of Auctioneering. He has served as faculty at the Certified Auctioneers Institute held at Indiana University and is approved by The Supreme Court of Ohio for attorney education.