Essentials in Waste Management by ChatGPT

Dipl.-Ing.(TU) Werner P. Bauer

On Wednesday, April 26, 2023, the Research Committee of the German Bundestag discussed the technological development of computer models for speech processing as well as their possibilities and limitations. The official invitation to the meeting already referred to the enormous socio-political significance that can be derived from the application of ChatGPT and comparable systems: "The entry of AI such as ChatGPT into our everyday lives must be thoroughly reflected and balanced in order to take advantage of the enormous opportunities and contain conceivable risks. ... AI systems must ensure neutrality and transparency and be consistent with our democratic, human rights and ethical values. ..." Kai Gehring, (MDB) Chairman of the Research Committee. Reason enough to sign up for OpenAI myself and test the intelligence of the system.

I started with questions about the current waste management in countries like India, Pakistan and Bulgaria. On the country pages of the WtERT Decision Support System you can see for yourself what OpenAI outputs on this. We put the result up for open discussion and look forward to your contributions.

Since I was interested in whether and to what extent a dialog is also possible with ChatGPT, I asked our artificial intelligence chatbot about how "Landfilling in USA" is and then tried some factual inquiries. I am enthusiastic about the answers. Well, I wouldn't write it quite like that, but compare ChatGPT's responses yourself with, for example, the Letter from 35 Scientists to U.S. Climate Leaders from October 2021 to see what is really going on.

In my opinion the statements of ChatGPT are quite reasonable. With this it is possible, if in Brazil (this is only one example) someone claims that the WtE plants in Germany will be closed, because one has to change to material recycling, then one can quickly correct this nonsense with ChatGPT (see ChatGPT about Current Role of Energy Generation from Waste in Germany). If you do a little more research, you will find a study on this by the German Federal Environment Agency in WtERT DSS and then you have the original sources.

My friends - be positive!

Artificial intelligence really can help against fake news and absurd misinformation. And if you will get the real sources, check WtERT DSS; or send an E-Mail and ask for support.

Werner Bauer
Member of Board of Directors of GWC


Thank you for sharing your chaptgpt interview. I am a risk assessor and mostly focus on waste management technologies (including landfills and WtE). I have found chapgpt to be very helpful in the first phases of pulling together information and summarizing information. I also use it at times to help edit and shorten report text (in my case, technical reports). It does not always provide fully correct information, but as long as you ask for the sources, check them and do some reasonable oversight, it is very helpful and saves a lot of time. I gather the paid version is much better than the free version.
Thanks again for sharing,
26.05.2023 13:09:03

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