Updated: Apr 19
Are you familiar with ChatGPT? It's a fancy language model that can help you out with all sorts of writing tasks. But does it have anything to offer the d/Deaf community? That's the question we're tackling today, and the answer might surprise you. ChatGPT will not always be effective in assisting d/Deaf individuals. Let's take a closer look at what it can and can't do and explore some potential avenues for future development.
Benefits of ChatGPT for the d/Deaf Community
Access to information
One of the significant benefits of ChatGPT for the d/Deaf community is its ability to provide access to information. d/Deaf individuals often face difficulties accessing information due to the lack of resources available in sign language or the complexities of written language. With ChatGPT, d/Deaf individuals can input their questions and receive answers in written form, making it easier for them to access information quickly and efficiently.
Assistance with written communication
ChatGPT can also be useful in providing assistance with written communication. For many d/Deaf individuals, written communication can be challenging, as English may not be their first language, and the nuances of written English can be difficult to understand. ChatGPT can help by providing suggestions for grammar and vocabulary, making it easier for d/Deaf individuals to write in a clear and concise manner.
And many more!
In addition to language processing, ChatGPT can also be used for tasks beyond language processing. For example, it can be used to turn a list into a table or to take notes from Zoom captions. This can help improve accessibility and make it easier for d/Deaf individuals to participate in meetings and other group activities.
Limitations of ChatGPT for the d/Deaf Community
Inability to process sign language
ChatGPT's main limitation is that it can only process written language, which can create a significant barrier for d/Deaf individuals who primarily use sign language to communicate. Since ChatGPT cannot translate sign language into written language, it will not be as helpful for these individuals. This means that ChatGPT may not be useful for d/Deaf individuals who primarily communicate through sign language.
Inaccurate or incomplete information
While ChatGPT can be useful for providing information, it is not always accurate. ChatGPT may provide inaccurate or incomplete information, and it is important to verify any information provided by ChatGPT before using it. This is particularly important for sensitive or important information, such as medical advice or legal information.
Using ChatGPT Appropriately
I recently asked ChatGPT on improving accessibility and communication for the d/Deaf community. However, I was disappointed to learn that some of the information provided by ChatGPT was inaccurate and misleading. ChatGPT incorrectly stated that they provide a speech recognition technology, when in fact they do not.
It is important to always fact-check the information provided by ChatGPT and to seek the assistance of a qualified interpreter or translator for important communication needs.
Fact-checking can be a crucial step in ensuring that the information provided is accurate and reliable. Inaccurate information can lead to misunderstandings and confusion, which can be harmful in sensitive situations. Therefore, it is important to verify any information provided by ChatGPT before acting on it.
While ChatGPT can be a helpful tool for accessing information, it is important to remember that it is a machine-based language processing system that does not always provide accurate or reliable information. This is especially true for sensitive or important information, such as medical or legal advice, where incorrect information can have serious consequences.
To avoid relying on potentially inaccurate information, it is essential to fact-check any information provided by ChatGPT. This can involve cross-checking information with any reliable sources, such as Google or your interpreter.
Another essential aspect of fact-checking is to ensure that the information is up to date. ChatGPT is only updated until 2021, and there may be changes or developments in the information provided since then. Therefore, it is always essential to verify that the information provided is current and relevant.
You can check ChatGPT General FAQ for more information.
Being specific with prompts
To maximise the benefits of ChatGPT, it is important to be specific with prompts. By asking clear and concise questions, individuals can receive accurate and helpful information. Here are some examples of how someone can be specific with prompts:
When asking for assistance with written communication: Instead of asking, "Can you help me write an email?", try to be more specific by asking, "Can you review my email for grammar and sentence structure and suggest any changes that can make it clearer?"
When asking for information: Instead of asking, "What is the weather like today?", try to be more specific by asking, "Can you provide the weather forecast for London today, including the temperature and any potential weather hazards?"
When asking for assistance with finding a recipe: Instead of asking, "Can you help me find a recipe for lasagne?", try to be more specific by asking, "Can you find a recipe for lasagne that is gluten-free and dairy-free, and provide step-by-step instructions?"
By being specific with prompts, ChatGPT can provide more accurate and helpful information. It is important to ask clear and concise questions that are specific to the information or assistance you require. This can help ChatGPT process the language more efficiently and provide more relevant responses.
Do not use confidential information
We advise against sharing confidential or sensitive information in any conversation with ChatGPT. While OpenAI takes measures to ensure data privacy and security, there is always some risk involved in sharing sensitive information online.
There was a bug with its chat histories, and OpenAI has worked to address it. However, to maintain the highest level of security, it is best to avoid discussing any confidential information when using ChatGPT or any other AI chatbot.
ChatGPT's use is banned in some places
The use of ChatGPT is temporarily banned in some places due to concerns about the accuracy and reliability of the generated text. For instance, on Stack Overflow, ChatGPT-generated content is banned because of the high rate of incorrect answers produced, which can harm users looking for accurate information.
Aside from Stack Overflow, ChatGPT has been temporarily banned in other places due to concerns over the accuracy and reliability of the generated text. Italy has recently banned the use of ChatGPT due to data protection concerns, with the country's data protection authority claiming that the online AI system is violating GDPR and lacks proper safeguards for personal data. This emphasises the need for caution and fact-checking when using ChatGPT, particularly when dealing with sensitive or essential information.
Furthermore, ChatGPT has been banned in New York City schools due to concerns over plagiarism and academic dishonesty, and Sciences Po, one of France's top universities, has also banned the use of ChatGPT to prevent fraud and plagiarism.
For further reading, check out the following articles:
New York City schools ban AI chatbot that writes essays and answers prompts: New York City banned ChatGPT due to concerns over academic dishonesty and plagiarism.
ChatGPT In Schools: Here’s Where It’s Banned—And How It Could Potentially Help Students: A growing number of school districts have banned ChatGPT due to concerns over cheating, but some experts believe it could be used to help students and teachers.
Top French university bans use of ChatGPT to prevent plagiarism: Sciences Po banned the use of ChatGPT to prevent fraud and plagiarism.
It is crucial to evaluate the benefits and risks of using ChatGPT and to exercise caution and critical thinking when using this technology.
SignGPT: ChatGPT but in sign language!
As we mentioned in our earlier article 'What does Large Language Modelling mean for sign language interpretation?', we touched upon the idea of SignGPT, which is essentially ChatGPT but in sign language.
While our AI translation products are still in development, one example way we can achieve SignGPT is using ChatGPT and Whisper APIs. By integrating these models into sign language interpretation apps and products, developers could potentially revolutionise accessibility and communication for the d/Deaf community, particularly those who primarily use sign language.
Our vision for SignGPT is that it could potentially translate between English and sign language, which would be a major breakthrough in accessibility and communication. While we have repeatedly emphasised that ChatGPT is not a substitute for professional interpretation or translation services, having SignGPT could open up new avenues for seamless translation and ease of access to all information available.
We are excited about the potential of SignGPT and are working hard to make it a reality. We believe that it could be a game-changer in improving accessibility and communication for the d/Deaf community, and we can't wait to see what the future holds.
If you have any thoughts or comments on the topic, please share them below. And don't forget to stay tuned for our updates on what we have been doing at Signapse!
Update (31/03/2023): This article has been updated to include new information about Italy's ban on the use of ChatGPT due to data protection concerns.