If you're going to write a blog post with AI, you need to first come up with the topic, then create an outline, and then write the article. That's what I've been telling everyone, anyway.
Today, I was editing our next ChatGPT guide and in an example of a “not so great prompt” was this:
What can you tell me about space?
In the guide, we were telling everyone not to use such open-ended prompts because ChatGPT would not answer it very thoroughly. And that may have been the case a few months ago, but now, wow!
Listen, I literally put in “what can you tell me about space?” and this is the output I got:
Space, also referred to as outer space, is the vast expanse that exists beyond Earth's atmosphere. It is the near-vacuum region between celestial bodies, including planets, stars, galaxies, and other astronomical objects. Here are some key aspects and interesting facts about space:
- Size: Space is incredibly vast and constantly expanding. The observable universe is estimated to be around 93 billion light-years in diameter.
- Composition: Space is primarily composed of a vacuum, with only trace amounts of matter in the form of gas, dust, and cosmic rays. The average density of the universe is extremely low, with only a few atoms per cubic meter.
- Dark matter and dark energy: Approximately 95% of the universe's mass-energy content is made up of dark matter and dark energy. Dark matter is a form of matter that doesn't emit, absorb, or reflect light, making it challenging to detect. Dark energy is a mysterious force that's causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate.
- Celestial bodies: Space contains various types of celestial objects, including stars, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and galaxies. Our solar system, located in the Milky Way galaxy, consists of the Sun, eight planets, and numerous moons, dwarf planets, asteroids, and other smaller objects.
- Cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation: The CMB is the remnant radiation from the Big Bang, the event that marked the beginning of the universe around 13.8 billion years ago. This radiation is almost uniformly distributed throughout the universe, providing crucial evidence for the Big Bang theory.
- Microgravity: In space, objects experience microgravity, a state of near weightlessness, because they're in free-fall. This environment affects various physical and biological processes and has been a focus of research for astronauts and scientists studying space.
- Space exploration: Humans have been exploring space since the launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957. Since then, numerous spacecraft have been sent to study other planets, moons, and celestial bodies in our solar system. Humans have also ventured into space, with the first manned spaceflight being Yuri Gagarin's Vostok 1 mission in 1961.
- International Space Station (ISS): The ISS is a large space station and research laboratory orbiting Earth, serving as a collaborative platform for space agencies from around the world. It has been continuously inhabited since November 2000.
- Extraterrestrial life: The search for life beyond Earth is an ongoing area of research, focusing on finding habitable environments in our solar system and around other stars. While no definitive evidence of extraterrestrial life has been found yet, scientists continue to explore this possibility.
- Space tourism: Companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic are working on developing commercial space travel for tourists, potentially making space more accessible in the coming years.
I could easily turn each of those into subheadings and expand on them, like with this input:
“please expand on number 9”
And the output:
The search for extraterrestrial life, or astrobiology, is a multidisciplinary field that aims to find and study life beyond Earth. Scientists investigate habitable environments in our solar system and beyond, looking for conditions that could support life as we know it or life with alternative biochemistry. Here are some key areas of focus in the search for extraterrestrial life:
- Mars: Mars is a primary target for astrobiologists due to its similarity to Earth in terms of size, composition, and history. Evidence of past liquid water on the planet's surface and the discovery of subsurface water ice make it a potential habitat for microbial life. Several robotic missions, such as NASA's Mars rovers and the European Space Agency's ExoMars program, have been sent to Mars to study its geology, climate, and potential for past or present life.
- Icy moons: Some of Jupiter's and Saturn's moons, like Europa, Enceladus, and Titan, are of particular interest in the search for extraterrestrial life. These moons are believed to harbor subsurface oceans beneath their icy crusts, which could provide suitable environments for microbial life. The presence of water vapor plumes on Europa and Enceladus, as well as the complex organic molecules found in Titan's atmosphere, has further fueled the interest in these celestial bodies.
- Exoplanets: With the discovery of thousands of exoplanets, or planets orbiting stars outside our solar system, astrobiologists are exploring the possibility of habitable worlds around other stars. Planets located within the habitable zone, the region around a star where conditions are just right for liquid water to exist on a planet's surface, are considered prime candidates for hosting life. The Kepler Space Telescope, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), and the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope are some of the missions focused on detecting and characterizing exoplanets.
- Extremophiles: The study of extremophiles, organisms that thrive in extreme environments on Earth, helps astrobiologists understand the potential for life to exist in harsh conditions elsewhere in the universe. Microorganisms living in high radiation, extreme temperatures, or high-pressure environments on Earth provide insights into the resilience of life and guide the search for extraterrestrial life in similar conditions.
- SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence): SETI focuses on detecting signals from intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations. Researchers use radio telescopes and other instruments to search for artificial radio or optical signals that could indicate the presence of advanced alien civilizations.
While the search for extraterrestrial life is ongoing and no definitive evidence has been found yet, advancements in technology and our understanding of biology continue to enhance our ability to detect and study potential life beyond Earth.
Okay so let me take that back… not only could I easily turn each subheading into something more expanded, each subheading could be its own post!! That is how easy it is to make a cluster of content now, and again, that's without good prompting. Wow!
I didn't fact check the above output, nor did I edit it at all. I am just showing you the very first draft step. Next, you'll want to fact-check, add your human touch, and format it in WordPress. Then, add images (use Midjourney!).
If you try this out, leave a link below to the article you write. I want to see what you come up with!
Note: This is using ChatGPT-4. While 4 is an improved version of 3.5, 3.5 can give similar outputs.