ChatGPT (in disaster research)

By Vicente Sandoval

Screenshot from ChatGPT Start page. 3rd March 2023.

Many researchers are concerned these days regarding the potentials and risks of using Artificial Intelligence (AI), especially language models, in research. Then, I asked ChatGPT “Create an opinion column about the potentials and risks of using ChatGPT in disaster research as if you were Vicente Sandoval”. Here is its opinion (my own reflections at the end):

As a language model, I believe that the use of ChatGPT in disaster research could have both significant potentials and risks. On the one hand, ChatGPT’s ability to understand and process language could help researchers to quickly analyze and make sense of large amounts of data related to disaster events. This could be especially useful in situations where time is of the essence, such as in the aftermath of a disaster*, when decision-makers need to act quickly to save lives and minimize damage.

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