I had just spent a few hours creating a blog post about swimming in the Dead Sea, carefully researching my keywords, writing meta descriptions, endeavouring not to use the passive voice too much etc etc. Bloggers will know what I am talking about. Then, on a whim, I decided to check out Artificial Intelligence. Everyone is talking about it. It can write essays, speeches, news articles, and, inevitably, blog posts. Could it write a blog post about swimming in the Dead Sea better than me? There was only one way to find out!
Using Artificial Intelligence to create a blog post
It took me less than five minutes to create an account on Chatgpt. Then I started a conversation. I’m not quite sure what I started a conversation with….some kind of algorithm, I think. It was very polite though and I found myself thanking it in return: I am unsure as to the etiquette in these circumstances.
I asked it how to optimise a blog post about swimming in the Dead Sea for Google. It told me what I already knew. Chatgpt was clearly reading the articles I had read over the last few years. Then I asked it what keywords I could use for SEO. It gave me a reasonable selection, but frankly, the words it provided would not have enabled me to rank with my current Domain Authority. (If you are not a blogger, don’t worry about DA. It just means I am a small blogger and cannot compete with the big guys like Wikipedia.).
I then jumped in and asked Chatgpt to write a fully optimised post about Swimming in the Dead Sea. “Sure,” it said. It took a few seconds and then there it was! A fully-fledged, grammatically correct, perfectly acceptable article about this most singular of experiences. Except it wasn’t. There was no experience. Nothing personal. It was just facts based on research.
Is this better? Do people want to read a fact-based article about swimming in the Dead Sea? Without doubt, there is a place for it. We need facts, figures and background. I include them all the time. But is that enough?
Chatgpt suggested that I needed to include photographs and videos to augment the post, but was not able to offer any because it was “an AI language model”. Fair enough.
Plagiarism and copyright issues
We then had a rather interesting conversation about copyright and plagiarism. Chatgpt was clear that the post it had generated should be a “starting point” to create my own unique content. To pass it off in its entirety as my own work without changing or assigning proper attribution would not make the post “ethical or original”.
I then asked the question: “If I were to include the entire blog post produced by you as an example of an AI generated post (and make it clear that this is what it is with the correct attribution), alongside my own post, as a comparison, would that be acceptable?”
This was the answer I received: “Yes, that would be acceptable as long as you make it clear that the blog post was generated by an AI language model and provide proper attribution. This would be a good way to demonstrate the capabilities of AI language models and provide a comparison between AI-generated content and content created by humans. However, it’s important to note that the AI-generated content should not be used as a substitute for original content, and it’s essential to ensure that any content published on your website is unique, informative, and relevant to your audience.”
With this in mind, for interest only, I have published below both my own original content written before I had even opened an account with OpenAI and the version generated by Chatgpt, an AI language model developed by OpenAI. I am told that this is the correct attribution!
I would love to receive your feedback in the comments!
Swimming in the Dead Sea
Swimming in the Dead Sea is a peculiar experience. One does not so much swim in the Dead Sea as float, float effortlessly around, no movement required. In fact, I would go so far as to say, it is quite difficult to swim in the Dead Sea. However, one does not go for a dip in the Dead Sea for the exercise!
What is the Dead Sea?
The Dead Sea is not actually a sea at all. It is a large lake in the Jordan Rift Valley and is fed by the River Jordan. The Dead Sea lies between Jordan to the east and Israel and Palestine to the west. We visited the Dead Sea in Jordan and although the weather was hazy, we could see across the sea to the west bank and Israel.
The Dead Sea is approximately 50 km in length and 15 km across at its widest. It is also shrinking at an alarming rate, about one meter each year, largely due to the diversion of water from the River Jordan by surrounding countries.
The Dead Sea also happens to be the lowest place on Earth: the surface of the lake is approximately 430 meters below sea level. Additionally, the Dead Sea is known for containing some of the saltiest water on Earth. It has a salination of around 34%. That is very salty. I know because I tasted it! (Well sort of: I just put my finger to my tongue when I was in the water. I am not so daft as to actually drink from the Dead Sea! I don’t believe everything I read, but I can now testify that the Dead Sea is indeed very salty!)
Why is the Dead Sea called the Dead Sea?
The answer to this is straightforward. The Dead Sea is called the Dead Sea because there is no life in it, apart from some bacteria and some microbial fungi. The water is far too salty for anything to survive in it.
What is it like to swim in the Dead Sea?
As indicated above, swimming in the Dead Sea is a really weird sensation. The concentration of salts makes one very buoyant so floating is easy. It is sort of like playing dead in the Dead Sea! It is actually quite difficult to push one’s feet down towards the lake floor. Swimming, actually moving through the water, is not easy.
In addition, because of the concentration of salt, splashing the water into eyes or noses would be very painful. Our guide warned us to be very careful not to get the water into our eyes as it stings like mad. Drinking even a tiny amount will cause vomiting. For these reasons, energetic swimming would be ill-advised. Most people just float on their backs in the Dead Sea, often whilst reading a newspaper! (Do people read actual newspapers these days? Regardless, I did not want to take my tablet into the Dead Sea just for a photo opp.) I did try floating on my front, but my face was too close to the water for comfort so I quickly turned on to my back.
Is it safe to swim in the Dead Sea?
Our guide advised that we should only stay in the water for 15 to 20 minutes maximum. Any longer than that and the concentration of minerals and salts could cause skin irritations or make one unwell.
As with any body of water, drowning is always a danger. Even though the water in the Dead Sea increases buoyancy, drowning would be possible. Imagine getting a mouthful of water, vomiting, getting water into your eyes and being unable to see…This could easily make someone panic. The advice is to swim on beaches where there are lifeguards on duty.
The health benefits of swimming in the Dead Sea
The benefits of swimming in the Dead Sea have been well documented. The mineral-rich water is helpful in alleviating skin conditions and is also thought to improve general wellbeing. Cosmetics using minerals and salts from the Dead Sea are big business and certainly my skin felt silky smooth, almost oily, when I emerged from its waters. Some people plaster the mud from the Dead Sea all over their body and let it dry in the sun. It looked like fun – but I had a new swim suit on!
Final thoughts on swimming in the Dead Sea
Swimming in the Dead Sea was certainly an experience to remember and I would definitely recommend trying it if visiting Israel or Jordan. Our visit to the Dead Sea was even more memorable because of the thunder storm which came in and for a short while we had torrential rain.
My best advice when visiting the Dead Sea would be to take water shoes as the area around the shore has deposits and rocks which are quite sharp. A cut on entering the water would really sting! Sunglasses will also help to avoid getting water in your eyes.
Article generated by Chatgpt (an AI language model developed by OpenAI)
(In order to be fair to Chatgpt I have formatted the article below by highlighting in the headings. I used the same style for the headings as my own piece.)
My question to Chatgpt: Could you write a blog article about swimming in the Dead Sea and optimise it to rank on Google?
What do you think?
So there we have it: two posts about swimming in the Dead Sea, one created by a human and the other generated by artificial intelligence. What do you think? Please tell me in the comments!
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