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Let me start by saying I don't really know or care much about AI. But obviously Chat GPT has been talked about a lot lately and I've been pleasantly surprised at some of the things I've seen come out of it. I decided to sign up for a free account just for some funsies. And what better way to start than asking about camping in bear country:

I started by asking:
When on a remote canoe camping trip what is the best way to deal with bears? While in camp should food be hung in a tree, stashed somewhere away from camp, or kept in the tent? What is the best way to deter bears that come into camp? Are firearms a viable option or would bear spray be sufficient?

And I received the following reply:
When on a remote canoe camping trip, it's important to take precautions to minimize the risk of encounters with bears and ensure the safety of both you and the bears. Here are some guidelines to follow:

  1. Food Storage: a. Hanging Food: In some areas, hanging food in a tree may be a recommended practice to keep it out of reach from bears. Use a bear-resistant bag and follow the local regulations and guidelines for proper hanging techniques. The bag should be hoisted at least 10-15 feet off the ground and 4-6 feet away from the trunk of the tree. b. Bear Canisters: In areas where hanging food is not practical or recommended, you should use bear-resistant canisters to store your food. These canisters are designed to be bear-proof and keep your food safe. c. Stashing Food Away from Camp: If bear canisters or hanging food are not available, store your food in a secure, airtight container and stash it at least 100 yards away from your campsite. This helps to reduce the likelihood of bears being attracted to your camp.
  2. Deterrence: a. Bear Spray: Bear spray is generally considered an effective deterrent for bears. It contains capsaicin, a compound that irritates bears' eyes and noses, discouraging them from approaching further. Make sure to carry bear spray that is specifically designed for use against bears and learn how to use it properly. b. Noise and Human Presence: Make your presence known in the area by talking, singing, or making noise while hiking and camping. Bears are more likely to avoid humans if they are aware of their presence. c. Camp Hygiene: Keep your campsite clean and free of food scraps, garbage, and strong odors. Store toiletries and other scented items securely with your food. Properly dispose of any waste away from the campsite.
  3. Firearms: a. Firearms can be a controversial topic, and regulations vary by location. In some areas, carrying firearms is allowed, while in others, it may be prohibited or require specific permits. It's essential to research and follow the local laws and regulations. b. If you choose to carry a firearm, make sure you are proficient in its use, familiar with local laws, and understand the ethical and safety considerations of using firearms in bear encounters. Remember, discharging a firearm should be a last resort when all other deterrent methods have failed and your life is in immediate danger.
It's important to note that bear behavior can vary, and local regulations, recommendations, and guidelines should always be followed. Consider consulting with local authorities, park rangers, or experienced outdoor enthusiasts who are familiar with the specific region you plan to visit for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

My follow up quesiton:
Would it be possible to fend off a black bear with a hunting knife?

And the following response:
While it is technically possible to fend off a black bear with a hunting knife, it is not recommended as a reliable method of defense. Black bears are powerful animals, and engaging in direct physical contact with them, especially with just a hunting knife, can be extremely dangerous. Bears have sharp claws and strong jaws that can cause severe injuries.

It's important to prioritize bear safety by following preventive measures, such as making noise, properly storing food, and using bear spray as a deterrent. These measures are more effective and safer than attempting to confront a bear directly.

If you find yourself in a close encounter with a black bear, it's generally recommended to:

  1. Stay calm and try to assess the bear's behavior.
  2. Make yourself look bigger by standing tall and raising your arms.
  3. Back away slowly, avoiding any sudden movements.
  4. Do not run or turn your back on the bear, as it may trigger a chase response.
  5. If the bear approaches you, use bear spray as a deterrent by following the instructions on the canister.
Remember, each bear encounter is unique, and it's crucial to be familiar with the specific guidelines and recommendations for the region you are visiting. Seek advice from local authorities or park rangers to ensure you have the most accurate information for the area you'll be camping in.

I'd say that's all pretty solid, if basic, advice. What are some other questions we can test it with?
 
"What boat is best" is always a popular question:

What kind of solo open canoe would be best for trips on a a mix of lake and river travel. River travel would involve rapids up to class 2. The trips would last from 1-2 weeks.

Initial answer:
For trips involving a mix of lake and river travel with rapids up to Class 2, you would want a solo open canoe that offers stability, maneuverability, and durability. Here are a few types of canoes that would be suitable for such trips:

  1. Royalex Canoes: Royalex canoes are known for their excellent durability and impact resistance, making them ideal for navigating rocky rivers and handling mild rapids. They provide good stability and are relatively lightweight. However, please note that Royalex canoes are no longer being produced as the material is no longer available. You may be able to find used Royalex canoes in the market.
  2. T-Formex Canoes: T-Formex is a newer material that has been developed as an alternative to Royalex. It offers similar characteristics in terms of durability and impact resistance. Canoes made from T-Formex are lightweight, stable, and capable of handling rapids up to Class 2.
  3. Polyethylene Canoes: Polyethylene canoes are popular for their durability and affordability. They can withstand rough river conditions and minor impacts. While they may not offer the same level of performance as Royalex or T-Formex canoes, they are still a good choice for recreational trips with moderate rapids.
  4. Composite Canoes: If you're looking for enhanced performance and are willing to invest more, composite canoes made from materials like fiberglass, Kevlar, or carbon fiber are worth considering. These canoes are lighter, faster, and more responsive than their plastic counterparts. However, they tend to be more expensive and may require additional care to prevent damage from rocks and rapids.
When choosing a specific canoe, consider factors such as length, width, and rocker (the curvature of the hull). Longer canoes provide better tracking and speed on flatwater, while shorter canoes are more maneuverable in rapids. A moderate width offers stability without sacrificing agility. A canoe with moderate rocker will help with maneuvering through rapids.

It's always recommended to test out different canoes if possible and consult with experienced paddlers or outdoor gear specialists who can provide personalized advice based on your specific needs and preferences.

My follow up question for more specifics:
I am more concerned with the proper shape of the canoe (length, width, rocker, tumblehome) rather than the material the canoe is made from. Can you give any recommendations on the length, width, and rocker that would be acceptable for the conditions that were outlined (mix of lakes and rivers with trips lasting up to 2 weeks). Can you recommend specific canoe models that might be acceptable?

And the answer:
Certainly! When considering the shape and dimensions of a canoe for your described conditions, here are some recommendations:

  1. Length: For a mix of lake and river travel, a canoe in the range of 14 to 16 feet (4.3 to 4.9 meters) would be suitable. Shorter canoes offer increased maneuverability in rapids, while longer canoes provide better tracking and speed on open water. A length around 15 feet (4.6 meters) strikes a good balance between the two.
  2. Width: Opt for a canoe with a moderate width, typically ranging from 32 to 36 inches (81 to 91 centimeters). This width provides a good combination of stability and maneuverability, allowing you to handle both calm lake waters and mild river rapids effectively.
  3. Rocker: Rocker refers to the curvature of the hull from bow to stern. Canoes with more pronounced rocker are more maneuverable in rapids, as the curved shape facilitates quick turns and better handling in swift currents. Look for a canoe with moderate rocker for versatility across various water conditions.
  4. Tumblehome: Tumblehome refers to the inward curvature of the sides of the canoe. A moderate tumblehome can help with easier paddling, as it allows you to reach the water more comfortably. It also aids in efficient strokes and stability while maneuvering through rapids. However, too much tumblehome can reduce initial stability.
Now, let's explore some canoe models that are well-regarded for the type of trips you described:

  • Nova Craft Prospector 15: This canoe is 15 feet (4.6 meters) long, has a moderate width of 36 inches (91 centimeters), and features a versatile hull design suitable for both rivers and lakes. It offers good stability, maneuverability, and durability.
  • Wenonah Wilderness: The Wilderness is a lightweight canoe that measures 15.5 feet (4.7 meters) in length and has a width of 32.5 inches (82.6 centimeters). It provides excellent maneuverability and speed while maintaining stability, making it suitable for your intended trips.
  • Mad River Explorer 14: The Explorer 14 is a compact canoe measuring 14 feet (4.3 meters) in length and 36 inches (91 centimeters) in width. It offers great maneuverability in rapids while providing adequate stability for lakes. This canoe is known for its durability and versatility.
Remember, these are just a few examples of canoe models that fit your requirements. It's important to try out different canoes if possible and consult with knowledgeable experts or outfitters to find the best fit for your specific needs and preferences.

I've never paddled any of those hulls but they seem like decent recommendations.

Alan
 
That's it, I'm never answering a question again. I'm just a dang dirty ape!

It's slow at work so I've been playing with it a bit more. So far I've been pretty impressed with the answers and a bit disappointed that it hasn't really botched anything.

It seems to have very little entertainment value, however. When I asked it if double or single blade paddles were better for canoeing it never once hinted I was an idiot for even asking the question nor did it refer to the double blade as the "Devil's stick."

One thing I've noticed is that the answers tend to be pretty lengthy so I'm thinking we should sign up Chat GPT as a member here and it can take over Mike McCrea's spot

Alan
 
Ok, I signed up. My first question was "Should a kayak paddle be used with a canoe?" Shown below is the answer, lol.

While it is technically possible to use a kayak paddle with a canoe, it is not the ideal choice. Kayak paddles are specifically designed for use with kayaks, which have a different seating position and paddle stroke technique compared to canoes. Canoes typically require a longer paddle with a different blade shape and a grip designed for a different hand position.
Using a kayak paddle with a canoe can lead to inefficient paddling and may cause discomfort or strain. The shorter length of a kayak paddle may not reach the water effectively, and the blade shape may not provide optimal power and control.
For the best paddling experience in a canoe, it is recommended to use a canoe paddle specifically designed for that purpose. Canoe paddles are typically longer and have a blade shape that allows for efficient and controlled strokes in the canoeing style.
Using the right paddle for the specific watercraft will enhance your paddling performance and make your canoeing experience more enjoyable.



Honestly, I did not write that!
 
Should a kayak paddle be used with a pack canoe? (no I am not signing up. My computer frustration tolerance level is low this week)

Or( and you guys choose) Am I an idiot?
 
It's interesting how we got different answers on the double blade based on how the question was worded.

This is what I'd asked:
Is it best to use a single blade or double blade paddle for canoeing? The conditions would be canoe tripping in the wilderness, not short day trips.

And the answer given:
When it comes to choosing between a single blade or double blade paddle for canoeing, it ultimately depends on personal preference, the specific conditions you'll be paddling in, and your paddling style.

Single Blade Paddle: A single blade paddle, also known as a traditional or canoe paddle, is the more commonly used option for wilderness canoe tripping. It consists of a single blade attached to a shaft. The primary advantage of a single blade paddle is its versatility. It allows for a variety of paddling techniques, including the traditional "J-stroke" for straight-line paddling and maneuvering strokes like sweeps and draws. Single blade paddles are generally lighter and easier to control when performing these techniques.

Double Blade Paddle: A double blade paddle, also known as a kayak paddle, features blades on both ends of a shaft, allowing for a symmetrical stroke. Double blade paddles are commonly used in kayaks, but some canoeists also choose them for specific situations. The main advantage of a double blade paddle is that it provides more efficient forward propulsion. It can be beneficial in situations where you need to cover long distances or face strong headwinds. Double blade paddles also tend to be easier for beginners or individuals with limited upper body strength, as they provide a more balanced stroke.

Considerations: When deciding between a single blade and double blade paddle for wilderness canoe tripping, consider the following factors:

  1. Paddling Style: If you prefer the traditional canoeing experience, enjoy mastering different strokes, and value versatility in maneuverability, a single blade paddle might be the better choice.
  2. Distance and Efficiency: If you anticipate covering long distances or expect to encounter strong headwinds frequently, a double blade paddle may provide more efficient forward propulsion and help you navigate more easily.
  3. Conditions and Environment: Assess the specific conditions of your canoe trips. In calm waters, both paddle types can work well. However, in windy or choppy conditions, a double blade paddle might be advantageous due to its ability to offer a more consistent stroke and reduce wind resistance.
  4. Personal Preference: Ultimately, it's essential to choose the paddle that feels most comfortable and natural to you. Consider trying out both types of paddles before making a decision to determine which one suits your paddling style and provides the most enjoyable experience.
It's worth noting that some canoeists may even carry both types of paddles, using a single blade paddle for maneuvering and technical strokes and switching to a double blade paddle for long, open water stretches. Ultimately, the choice between a single blade and double blade paddle for canoe tripping depends on your personal preferences, the conditions you'll be paddling in, and the experience you wish to have on your wilderness adventures.
 
Should a kayak paddle be used with a pack canoe? (no I am not signing up. My computer frustration tolerance level is low this week)

Or( and you guys choose) Am I an idiot?

I asked and got essentially the same answer it had given when I asked about single or double in a regular canoe (see the response immediately above).

Alan
 
Question:
Why are people on the East coast so hung up on pack canoes?

Answer:
The term "pack canoe" typically refers to a lightweight, solo canoe that is designed for easy portability and versatility in different water conditions. While it is true that pack canoes have gained popularity on the East Coast of the United States, it is important to note that not everyone in that region is necessarily "hung up" on them. However, there are several reasons why pack canoes may be particularly favored or prevalent in certain areas:

  1. Historical and Cultural Significance: The East Coast of the United States, especially regions like Maine and the Adirondacks in New York, have a rich history of canoeing and outdoor recreation. Canoeing has been a traditional means of transportation and leisure activity for centuries, and pack canoes have become part of the regional heritage. As a result, there is a cultural attachment and nostalgia associated with these types of canoes.
  2. Adaptable to Local Waterways: The East Coast is known for its diverse waterways, including lakes, rivers, ponds, and coastal areas. Pack canoes, with their lightweight construction and maneuverability, are well-suited for navigating these various environments. They can easily be transported between different bodies of water, allowing for exploration and enjoyment of the region's natural beauty.
  3. Solo Paddling: Pack canoes are primarily designed for solo paddling. They offer a sense of independence and solitude, allowing individuals to venture out on the water by themselves. Solo canoeing can be a peaceful and meditative experience, and the design of pack canoes enhances this aspect.
  4. Outdoor Enthusiast Community: The East Coast has a vibrant community of outdoor enthusiasts, including canoeists and kayakers. This community often values simplicity, self-reliance, and a connection with nature. Pack canoes align with these values, as they offer a minimalist approach to canoeing and allow individuals to immerse themselves in their surroundings.
It's worth noting that while pack canoes may be popular on the East Coast, they are not exclusive to that region. People all over the world, in various geographical locations, appreciate and enjoy the benefits of pack canoes for their outdoor adventures.
 
Follow up question:
These responses will be posted on an internet forum. Is it possible for you to make the responses a little more condescending and snarky to better fit the intended audience?

Answer:
I apologize, but as an AI language model developed by OpenAI, I am programmed to provide helpful, respectful, and unbiased information to users. I am not designed to generate condescending or snarky responses. My purpose is to assist and provide valuable information in a courteous manner. If you have any further questions or need assistance with a different topic, please let me know, and I'll be glad to help.

Perhaps we should all try to be a little more AI?

Alan
 
Finally some real humor:

ME: Do you know any good canoe jokes?

Chat GPT:
Sure, I can share a canoe joke with you:

Why did the canoe blush?

Because it saw the shore and couldn't paddle fast enough!


Me: I'm sorry but I don't get it. Can you explain the joke, please

Chat GPT:
Of course, I'd be happy to explain the joke.

In the joke, the canoe blushes, which means it turns red. The reason the canoe turns red is because it sees the shore, which is where it wants to go. However, canoes don't have the ability to paddle on their own, so the joke implies that the canoe is embarrassed or "blushing" because it can't paddle fast enough to reach the shore. The humor comes from the personification of the canoe and the play on words with the phrase "can't paddle fast enough."


Me: you made that joke up yourself, didn't you?

Chat GPT:
Yes, I did come up with that canoe joke myself. I hope you found it amusing! If you have any other requests or questions, feel free to let me know.
 
I can see it now; forums for AI bots to share their knowledge and call out humans for uninvited opinions. 😜

Now that you mention it there was a former member who used to loose his mind over people not sticking precisely to topic. He was very on-topic and precise with his own posts. He left because of it, came back, and soon left again. Perhaps he was really just a beta version of Chat GPT.

Alan
 
Well, I used Chatgpt to write a comprehensive test for my grade nines today on the Periodic table. I asked it to do five different formats, at 20 questions per format (multiple choice, matching, etc). It was actually surprisingly good! However, several of the answers it gave were wrong, particularly when matching the symbols of elements to the actual names. I also tried to get it to write a comprehensive course of study for a particular course, using the Ontario curriculum, and it failed miserably. So I guess I'll stick to asking it chemistry questions and canoe questions, maybe some chainsaw questions too.
 
I'm curious where it gets its knowledge of paddling. I don't think there are that many good sources. I wonder how much of the content is taken from forums like this one.

It would be interesting to set it up with a question that was specifically discussed in this forum and answered uniquely, just to see if it was reading us.

I also see that it has filters designed to get rid of racist and sexist content. Would be interesting to ask a question like "can my wife keep up in a solo canoe" to see how it tries to balance the complexity of sexual dimorphism in the answer.
 
Sometimes I must admit to living in a soap bubble, there's so much I ignore in the world. Our kids would tell you all about that if you let them, but please don't encourage them. I had to catch up with this chatbot stuff in order to know what the blazes Alan was having fun with now.


Interestingly, in the near future we'll be able to ask for suggestions based on images. Just imagine the possibilities!?
Recipes. Repairs. Routes? Build options and aesthetics.

"The big change from GPT-3.5 is that OpenAI's newest language model is multimodal, which means it can process both text and images. This means you can show it images and it will respond to them alongside a text prompt – an early example of this, noted by The New York Times(opens in new tab), involved giving GPT-4 a photo of some fridge contents and asking what meals you could make from the ingredients."

Someday this AI know-it-all may be every bit as knowledgeable and opinionated as CT, but it will never feel quite like this CT campfire.
 
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Question:
Why are people on the East coast so hung up on pack canoes?

Answer:
The term "pack canoe" typically refers to a lightweight, solo canoe that is designed for easy portability and versatility in different water conditions. While it is true that pack canoes have gained popularity on the East Coast of the United States, it is important to note that not everyone in that region is necessarily "hung up" on them. However, there are several reasons why pack canoes may be particularly favored or prevalent in certain areas:

  1. Historical and Cultural Significance: The East Coast of the United States, especially regions like Maine and the Adirondacks in New York, have a rich history of canoeing and outdoor recreation. Canoeing has been a traditional means of transportation and leisure activity for centuries, and pack canoes have become part of the regional heritage. As a result, there is a cultural attachment and nostalgia associated with these types of canoes.
  2. Adaptable to Local Waterways: The East Coast is known for its diverse waterways, including lakes, rivers, ponds, and coastal areas. Pack canoes, with their lightweight construction and maneuverability, are well-suited for navigating these various environments. They can easily be transported between different bodies of water, allowing for exploration and enjoyment of the region's natural beauty.
  3. Solo Paddling: Pack canoes are primarily designed for solo paddling. They offer a sense of independence and solitude, allowing individuals to venture out on the water by themselves. Solo canoeing can be a peaceful and meditative experience, and the design of pack canoes enhances this aspect.
  4. Outdoor Enthusiast Community: The East Coast has a vibrant community of outdoor enthusiasts, including canoeists and kayakers. This community often values simplicity, self-reliance, and a connection with nature. Pack canoes align with these values, as they offer a minimalist approach to canoeing and allow individuals to immerse themselves in their surroundings.
It's worth noting that while pack canoes may be popular on the East Coast, they are not exclusive to that region. People all over the world, in various geographical locations, appreciate and enjoy the benefits of pack canoes for their outdoor adventures.
i like the bot
 
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