The Power and Pitfalls of ChatGPT: Balancing AI Capabilities and Limitations

The below text was written entirely by Chat GPT with the cue: Write a blog about the future of commercial real estate.


Check out our take on AI advanced language models like Chat GPT and whether we agree with its predictions for the future of commercial real estate ….


The Future of Commercial Real Estate According to Chat GPT

Commercial real estate has been undergoing a transformation in recent years, driven by technological advancements, changes in the way we work, and shifting economic and demographic trends. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated these changes, leading to new challenges and opportunities for the industry. Here are some of the trends and predictions for the future of commercial real estate.

Remote work and flexible office spaces

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in remote work, forcing companies to re-evaluate their office space needs. This trend is likely to continue, even as vaccines become more widely available, as many companies have realized that they can be productive with a remote workforce. As a result, there will be a demand for flexible office spaces that can be scaled up or down as needed, rather than traditional long-term leases.

The rise of e-commerce and logistics real estate

E-commerce continues to grow rapidly, driven by the increasing use of online shopping and the popularity of home delivery. This trend has led to a rise in demand for logistics real estate, such as warehouses and distribution centers, as companies seek to optimize their supply chains.

The growth of co-living spaces

Demographic trends, such as aging populations, urbanization, and a growing number of single-person households, are driving the growth of co-living spaces. These spaces offer a more affordable and flexible alternative to traditional apartments, and can be found in cities around the world.

The importance of sustainability

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important for both tenants and investors in commercial real estate. Energy-efficient buildings, renewable energy sources, and environmentally-friendly materials are becoming more common, and are expected to continue to gain in popularity in the coming years.

The use of technology and data in real estate

Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the commercial real estate industry, from the use of data to optimize building performance, to the use of virtual and augmented reality to facilitate building tours and transactions. The adoption of technology is expected to continue to accelerate in the coming years, creating new opportunities for innovation and growth.

In conclusion, the future of commercial real estate is likely to be shaped by a number of trends, including the rise of remote work and flexible office spaces, the growth of e-commerce and logistics real estate, the popularity of co-living spaces, the importance of sustainability, and the use of technology and data. The industry will continue to evolve and adapt, creating new opportunities and challenges along the way.


School of Whales’ Take on ChatGPT

*Slow Clap*

It’s been a little over 8 weeks since Open AI made ChatGPT available to the public. Its uncanny ability to understand cues and reply in a clear, well-organized prose that reads like it was written by a human makes us feel like we have been catapulted into a new era of technological advancement. It’s like a cross between an encyclopedia, google and a nice English teacher that stays late to give you extra help—What could possibly go wrong?!

The short answer: a lot. While Chat GPT and other AI advanced language models that are in the making will provide convenience and ease for research and copy write, we must face the reality that this very powerful tool can create problems instead of solutions if it is misused or over-dependence develops.

There are several concerns experts are voicing including job security, effects on future generations’ critical thinking and creativity, and the perpetuation of racial, gender and religious bias.

Given School of Whales has a different opinion with respect to the future of commercial real estate, we will be delving into the issue of the inaccurate information.


The Potential for Dissemination of Misinformation

While we just compared ChatGPT to a friendly English teacher, it can also remind you of an unprepared yet persuasive student throwing out vague but plausible-sounding answers. Open AI even outlines the advanced language models limitations stating: “May occasionally generate incorrect information.”

We asked Chat GPT “Can chat GPT spread false information?” and the following response was generated:

As a machine learning model, I do not have personal opinions or motivations, but I can unintentionally spread false information if the information I was trained on is incorrect or outdated. My training data was based on a large corpus of text taken from the internet, which includes both credible and non-credible sources. Additionally, my training data only goes up until 2021, so any information I provide on events or developments after that date may not be accurate.

Therefore, it’s important to verify any information I provide before making any decisions or taking any actions based on it. It’s always a good idea to consult multiple sources and use critical thinking when evaluating information, especially when it comes to complex or sensitive topics.

In short, ChatGPT is powered by a large amount of data and arrives at an answer by stringing words together in a meaningful way while making a series of guesses, which is part of the reason it can argue wrong answers as if they were completely true. While it’s great at explaining complex concepts, making it a powerful tool for learning, it’s important not to believe everything it says. ChatGPT isn’t always correct—at least, not yet. In fact, Chat GPT will throw out different answers to the same question if you ask something repeatably. Or, in the case of a leading-question, produce an answer according to what the user is looking for…

While disagreements regarding the future of commercial real estate are benign, there are scenarios where incorrect information can be harmful including: medical advice leading to incorrect treatments, financial advise resulting in poor investment decisions, legal advise leading to serious legal-consequences, and inaccurate information about current events or history that perpetuate conspiracy theories or hateful rhetoric.


School of Whales on the Future of Commercial Real Estate

School of Whales agrees with most of the points outlined in ChatGPT’s exceptionally well-crafted blog. We just have one bone to pick!—And this is nothing “personal” against ChatGPT. As we mentioned, the AI language model’s training data only goes up until 2021, so it does not have complete information!

In contrast to ChatGPT predictions, we theorize that traditional office space is here to stay. Why? Well, check out Business Insiders’ list of major companies requiring employees to return to the office. Employers would have to invest in very expensive monitoring software to scale their remote workforce. Not to mention, the investment these Fortune 500 companies (as well as other smaller organizations) made pre-pandemic to curate high-end, comfortable and technologically advanced office spaces that promote in-person collaboration and are designed to optimize productivity.

While many organizations have reached a compromise allowing a flex schedule that includes some days working from home, working a majority of days in-person is largely the expectation since vaccinations becoming globally accessible.

Miami commercial office space is particularly hot, with many companies moving their headquarters to South Florida in the pursuit of improving quality of life for existing team members and recruiting young talent looking to grind Monday through Friday and recharge on the beach during the weekends.


Key Takeaways

While ChatGPT can serve up information in tight sentences, rather than long lists of blue links (what a time-saver!), users need to take everything ChatGPT says with a grain of salt.

As stated perfectly by the bot itself, “consult multiple sources and use critical thinking when evaluating information…”