Yes, I am saying my chat WITH it as I had a very interesting chat about the trucking business. I have a lot to think about relative to chatGPT and one thing is for sure. This is real and I can already think of many use cases for this tool. So, if you are not using it, you may want to think about it. A couple of observations from my conversation below:
- Think of this as another version of a search tool but rather than giving me a list of websites to go to, this actually answers questions for me in conversational English.
- Notice my somewhat random follow on questions. I asked about trucking, then a follow up question on drivers, then e-commerce and then the impact on climate. The responses were perfect and very conversational.
- It is not just a screen scrape of another website as it brought disparate information together.
NOTE: This post is about the viability of this new technology and I am sure people will take exception with some of its answers. That is not the point. The point is that the world is changing and you need to understand it.
Here is my recent conversation with my new friend:
Me: Is trucking a viable business?
ChatGPT: Trucking can be a viable business, as it is an essential industry for the transportation of goods and materials. However, like any business, it can have its own set of challenges and obstacles to overcome, such as competition, regulation, and fluctuating demand. Additionally, the industry is currently facing a shortage of drivers, which can make it more difficult for trucking businesses to operate efficiently. It is important for those interested in starting a trucking business to conduct thorough research and have a well-crafted business plan in place to increase their chances of success.
Me: Why are they short drivers (I did not use a question mark so apparently punctuation is dead).
ChatGPT: The trucking industry is currently facing a shortage of drivers for a few reasons. One reason is that the job can be physically and mentally demanding, which can deter some people from pursuing it as a career. Additionally, the lifestyle of a truck driver, which often involves long periods of time away from home, can be unappealing to some.
Another reason for the driver shortage is the aging demographic of current drivers. Many experienced drivers are nearing retirement age, and not enough new drivers are entering the industry to replace them.
In addition, the industry has been facing a significant increase in demand due to the e-commerce boom, which has led to an increase in shipping and logistics, putting further strain on the limited pool of drivers.
Finally, the pandemic has also played a role in driver shortage, as many drivers were forced to stay home due to quarantine restrictions, and trucking companies were forced to limit the number of drivers on the road.
All these factors have contributed to the current driver shortage in the trucking industry.
Me: How big is the e-commerce boom (again, no punctuation):
ChatGPT: The e-commerce boom has been significant in recent years. According to recent data, global e-commerce sales are projected to surpass $4 trillion by 2020 and continue to grow rapidly in the coming years. This growth is being driven by factors such as increasing internet penetration, the proliferation of smartphones, and the convenience of online shopping.
In the US specifically, e-commerce sales as a percentage of total retail sales have been steadily increasing, reaching 16.1% in 2021. Online sales growth has accelerated during the pandemic, as many consumers were forced to shop online due to store closures and social distancing measures.
This e-commerce boom has also led to a significant increase in demand for shipping and logistics services, as more goods are being purchased online and need to be delivered to customers. This has put pressure on the trucking industry, which is a key component of the supply chain for e-commerce businesses.
Overall, the e-commerce boom is having a big impact on the economy and the way we shop, and it is expected to continue to drive growth in the coming years.
Me: What are the global warming issues related to e-commerce (The question mark is dead):
ChatGPT: E-commerce has several global warming-related issues associated with it.
Increased transportation emissions: The increase in e-commerce has led to an increase in the number of delivery trucks on the road, which contributes to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy consumption: Online retailers and delivery companies consume a lot of energy to power their warehouses, data centers, and transportation. This energy consumption can lead to higher carbon emissions.
Packaging waste: E-commerce often generates a lot of packaging waste, especially from the use of single-use packaging materials such as plastic bags, bubble wraps and cartons. These materials are not easily recyclable and end up in landfills and oceans, releasing methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
Returned goods: A large percentage of e-commerce purchases are returned, which can lead to additional transportation emissions and packaging waste.
Air freight: Some e-commerce companies rely on air freight to meet fast delivery expectations, which generates high carbon emissions and contributes to climate change.
To address these issues, e-commerce companies are exploring ways to reduce their environmental impact, such as investing in electric delivery vehicles, implementing more sustainable packaging materials, and increasing the efficiency of their warehouses and data centers.
This is where I ended the conversation.
More thoughts later on the use case for this but let this sink in a bit. The biggest use case I can think of right now is the threat to the google search engine. Rather than me asking for and getting a list of sites that I may have been able to get this information from, the system returned to me, in natural language, the answer to my question.
More to come…