In the past, I have touched on the importance in teaching practice of asking students good questions rather than focus on rote memorization of answers. An example was my post here. Or to go back further, a question Enoch Hale raised about a Future Faculty class we both sat in (taught by Jeff Nugent):
What really got my attention last night was the question you posed “If you don’t change the given structure, then do you allow Blackboard to define your course?” So many implications to texts books we passively use, to syllabi we “borrow” from other instructors, to classroom space. Where is autonomy in instructional design given all the givens?
But with ChatGPT, does this philosophy still hold?
I asked ChatGPT the following question:
“How would Abraham Lincoln have addressed climate change?”
Here was the response:
“Abraham Lincoln was an important historical figure in the United States, known for his leadership during the Civil War and his efforts to abolish slavery. However, as he lived in the 19th century, he did not have the opportunity to address the issue of climate change, which emerged as a major global issue only in recent decades.
That being said, if Lincoln were alive today and faced with the challenge of climate change, it is difficult to say exactly how he would approach the issue. As a leader, Lincoln was known for his pragmatism and his ability to work with people of different backgrounds and viewpoints to achieve common goals. He was also deeply committed to preserving the natural beauty and resources of the United States for future generations.
Given these qualities, it is possible that Lincoln would view climate change as a serious threat to the well-being of the country and its people, and would work to address it in a collaborative and pragmatic manner. He might see the issue as a moral imperative, much like he saw the abolition of slavery, and work to mobilize public support for action.
It is also possible that Lincoln would focus on finding technological solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change, such as developing new forms of renewable energy or improving energy efficiency. He might see this as an opportunity for innovation and economic growth, much like he supported the development of railroads and other infrastructure projects during his presidency.
Ultimately, it is impossible to say for certain how Lincoln would address climate change, as the issue was not a part of the political discourse of his time. However, given his qualities as a leader and his commitment to the welfare of future generations, it is likely that he would approach the issue with seriousness, pragmatism, and a strong sense of moral purpose.”
Pretty freaking cool, right! If a student submitted this to me, I would be impressed with the level of thinking this post displayed.
But a student did not submit it – rather an artificial intelligence-based chatbot did.
So my question is – are there any unGoogleable questions anymore?