I made the brave, and probably regrettable decision to try and run a half marathon by the end of the month (April 29th).
You may be asking what my training regiment looks like? Well just started about a week ago, but at the moment it looks like my cardio will consist of rec basketball every Monday, 5 miles on Tuesday, and 5 miles on Saturday, with lifting on the other days. With an attempt to increase the mileage every week.
We’ll see if I really can train for a half in under a month, or if I have overestimated my claim of being “young and athletic”.
This training has also given me some more time to think about my ideas, and this is one I feel stronger about than others.
I know it’s old, but hear me out
I’m tired, you’re tired, everyone is tired of hearing about ChatGPT.
But the hype may just be warranted after a few key upgrades. Here they are:
- ChatGPT became more capable: just like with any AI model, as the data set that the model is trained on grows, it becomes more powerful.
- ChatGPT allows plugins now: This one is big. Big players like Expedia, OpenTable, and Slack have already jumped on this opportunity and developed plugins. Instead of going online to book a trip, imagine an online, personal travel advisor. Instead of calling to make a reservation, imagine just talking directly to the host through your phone. Lastly, instead of only having information prior to 2021, one plugin allows ChatGPT to be current on all information.
Who cares if you’re someone like me?
And you’re probably thinking “so what, right?” Me too. I’m not a programmer, I don’t know how to make anything with this thing, it’s just cool to play with.
But that hasn’t stopped me from being curious.
While playing around with it, I haven’t gotten over the fact that it always reminds me that it’s a language model. It practically says it with every response.
So, I finally asked what its specialties were:
Here’s where it gets cool
Naturally, after reading this I thought “Ok, what are the hardest texts to comprehend. Afterall this thing is a “language model”
I settled on research papers and government documents (laws, regulations, etc.). The stuff I could read a million times and still not truly understand.
So, I asked it to summarize one of my publications
Color me impressed. It was able to summarize a 30 page paper and give me a perfect understanding of what the paper was about ….. and I worked on this research for 3 year, this was my research. Yet it summarized it better than I ever could have.
Turns out, it could do this for pretty much every research paper under the sun. Oh, and did I mention it can somehow bypass any sort of paywall?
Now here’s what I’m thinking: a SparkNotes, but for research documents and regulations. The mechanics of it would be pretty simple:
How it works
- Make a website that integrates the ChatGPT API; where all someone must do is insert the title of the publication of interest and it spits out a summary in the exact format used above.
- The website doesn’t summarize a paper until asked, but once it’s asked it will keep that summary, slowly creating a library of every research publication it’s ever been asked for. This will help save money on the backend API query and amount of time for a response to be generated.
- You could spin off a newsletter business that published the top searched publication of the week and why it’s cool.
- Could bake in a citation creator.
- You could even filter based on grade level. For example, first grade:
How it would make money
- You could go the traditional route with advertising, just like you see on SparkNotes.
- You could have people pay after a certain number of searches. For example, you get 2 free searches a week
- Monetize the newsletter I mentioned earlier using sponsors, you’d be amazed what companies do to get their product in front of researchers.
- Have certain publishers pay to push more of their articles. Think “Recommended for You” area.
Why it would work
By now you may be wondering, ok why wouldn’t other people just go to ChatGPT and search this themselves. My answer would be several reasons:
- Most PhD level researches (AKA it’s their career) are millennials. Millennials are the most educated generation ever due to higher returns from a cheaper education, but they’re also the most resistant to technology. My parents would rather use/trust a website over this thing called ChatGPT 8/7 days of the week.
- This site could be a great educational tool, when packaged the right way. And ChatGPT is only packaged as good as the requestor. You have to ask the right questions to get the right answers.
- People are always interested in the newest cutting edge research, and the most searched article would be a very good indicator of what’s new in the world.
- On the regulation side, businesses will want to know how new regulations impact them, and I doubt they are paying someone to constantly ask ChatGPT questions about it.
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It’s kinda a humanitarian thing too.
During the covid pandemic, we saw research become a very polarizing thing primarily due to its understandability. People didn’t believe in the vaccine, or the virus itself, just because they couldn’t understand the research or thought it was fake (because they just couldn’t understand it).
This would be a way to fix this. A site that boils down really interesting stuff to where anyone can understand it. I mean this is what the research world has been waiting for, a way for them to convey their life’s work to the public and have it mean something.
This research can finally be used to educate the youth too. We will no longer have to wait until students have the comprehension skills in college to introduce them to this science, instead we can bring the science to them!
Is this just an automated and crowdsourced SparkNotes for research articles? Yes.
Is it also much more than that? Yes.