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Techlab – Project Xperiment: EIS & Hydrogen by ChatGPT?!

Eva Jonkmans
6 minutes

Welcome back to yet another blog post from the Techlab. A little while ago we posted our previous blog about Project Xperiment Part 1! Check it out here. We are proud and happy to announce that we have already organized a second successful edition of this event and are currently busy organizing the third one.

We would like to give you a recap of these great days just like last time. But Techlab would not be Techlab if we would not keep trying new things, instead of just repeating the same trick over and over again. That is why we decided to combine writing this blog post with a little experiment regarding a groundbreaking product called: ChatGPT!

Intro to ChatGPT

ChatGPT burst onto the tech scene recently and has quickly become a hot topic of discussion in IT circles. This new AI chatbot seems capable of generating human-like text on demand for virtually any prompt you give it. For example, if you ask ChatGPT to write a birthday poem for a friend, providing just their name and a few details about their personality, it can produce an impressively well-written poem in just seconds. You can even provide feedback on the output, which ChatGPT will use to improve the result.

But ChatGPT is not limited to poetry - it can also generate computer code when given a programming task. This level of sophistication is what makes it so intriguing (and concerning) to IT professionals. Could ChatGPT automate simple coding work? Will it threaten programming jobs? Or will it open new possibilities for innovation? The debates are lively about whether ChatGPT represents an alarming development or helpful breakthrough in AI technology. But there is no denying this chatbot has captivated the IT community. Many have been eagerly awaiting a chance to experiment with it firsthand.

Now, we finally got the opportunity to take ChatGPT for a test drive. We gave it a prompt to generate a blog post recap of our recent Project Xperiment event about the EIS and hydrogen departments. And within seconds, ChatGPT produced a complete, smoothly written post summarizing the event!

The experiment: can ChatGPT write an accurate blog post?

To write this recap blog post about Project Xperiment Part 2 we sent the following input to ChatGPT:

Please write a blog post about an event organized by Techlab called Project Xperiment. This is the third edition of this event and the topic was EIS and Hydrogen. We worked together for four days with a group of IT colleagues to set up a billing process, do predictions and show actual usage using P1 data from a GridX box. We had fun and learned a lot.

And within one minute, ChatGPT outputs the following blog post:

Title: Unveiling the Future: TechLab's Project Xperiment 2023 Shines Spotlight on EIS and Hydrogen


In a world increasingly driven by technology and innovation, it's essential to stay on the cutting edge of advancements. This pursuit of knowledge and progress was brilliantly showcased at the third edition of TechLab's renowned event, Project Xperiment. This year's focus was on two game-changing technologies - Energy Information Systems (EIS) and Hydrogen. Over the course of four intensive days, a group of enthusiastic IT colleagues came together to collaborate, learn, and make waves in the world of sustainable energy.

Setting the Stage

TechLab, a leading hub for technology enthusiasts and professionals, has consistently been at the forefront of hosting events that challenge the boundaries of what's possible. Project Xperiment, now in its third year, has become a symbol of innovation and teamwork. This year's theme, EIS and Hydrogen, aligns seamlessly with the global push towards cleaner and more efficient energy sources.

The Challenge

The participants of Project Xperiment 2023 were tasked with a multifaceted challenge: to develop a comprehensive billing process, make accurate energy consumption predictions, and demonstrate real-time energy usage using data from a GridX box - all centered around the emerging technologies of EIS and Hydrogen. This challenge not only encouraged creative problem-solving but also emphasized the practical applications of these technologies in real-world scenarios.

Collaboration and Learning

One of the most inspiring aspects of Project Xperiment is the spirit of collaboration that it fosters. Over the four days, IT professionals from diverse backgrounds pooled their expertise to tackle the challenge head-on. The event provided a platform for participants to learn from each other, exchange ideas, and build meaningful connections. From brainstorming sessions to late-night coding marathons, the atmosphere was electric with the shared enthusiasm for exploring the potential of EIS and Hydrogen.

Hands-On Experience with P1 Data

At the heart of Project Xperiment 2023 was the utilization of P1 data from a GridX box. This real-world data allowed participants to gain invaluable insights into energy consumption patterns, enabling them to develop accurate predictions and devise an efficient billing process. The hands-on experience with the data illuminated the power of technology in revolutionizing the energy sector.

Fun in the Midst of Innovation

While the participants were deeply engrossed in their work, TechLab ensured that the event was not only intellectually stimulating but also fun. Engaging ice-breaker activities, lively discussions, and even a mini-hackathon kept spirits high and energy levels soaring. The balance between work and play made for an unforgettable experience, leaving participants with both newfound knowledge and fond memories.

Key Takeaways

Project Xperiment 2023 was more than just an event; it was a journey of exploration, collaboration, and enlightenment. The participants walked away with a deeper understanding of Energy Information Systems, Hydrogen's potential in the energy landscape, and the practical implementation of these technologies through real-world data analysis. The event highlighted the importance of cross-disciplinary teamwork and showcased how IT professionals can drive positive change in the world.

Closing Thoughts

TechLab's Project Xperiment 2023 brought together the best of technology, innovation, and camaraderie. As the event concluded, it left behind a trail of inspiration and a sense of accomplishment. The progress made over those four days serves as a testament to the remarkable feats that can be achieved when brilliant minds unite for a common purpose. With each edition, Project Xperiment propels us further into a future powered by knowledge, collaboration, and the relentless pursuit of a sustainable tomorrow.

Disclaimer: Above text was generated by ChatGPT. ChatGPT may produce inaccurate information about people, places, or facts. For full release notes, please go to ChatGPT August 3 Version.

We must say, this is quite impressive! ChatGPT not only created a well-written story line, but also added some information that we did not provide as input. For example it correctly identified that the topic lies in the sustainable energy domain, and it described the idea of Project Xperiment (cross-disciplinary teamwork, collaboration, learning, fun) very well.

There were a few inaccuracies in ChatGPT's output, however. It made some incorrect assumptions, such as us organizing icebreakers or a mini hackathon, which were not part of the event. Also, ChatGPT incorrectly interpreted the abbreviation of EIS, which stands for Energy Infrastructure Solutions. Additionally, ChatGPT misunderstood the context of EIS and hydrogen, assuming these were the technologies we focused on rather than the departments; the technology of interest was GridX. Furthermore, ChatGPT mistakenly referred to the event as "Project Xperiment 2023," implying it is an annual occurrence, which is not the case. Also, possibly due to the limited input provided, many details got lost, and the resulting blog post lacked a day-to-day report that we would typically include.

Key Takeaways

We believe ChatGPT has great potential, especially when keeping in mind that the initial output we received was just a starting point. The beauty of an AI chatbot like ChatGPT is that we can provide feedback, helping it improve and refine the text until it becomes highly accurate. In other words, we see the value in using ChatGPT as a tool to kickstart the writing process, using its generated text as a foundation which we can then shape and polish manually to suit our specific requirements and expectations.

Nevertheless, we strongly believe that the personal touch of a blog post written by a specific author, with their own style and jokes, could never be replaced by an AI-produced piece of text. So, for the next blog, you can count on our own original text and thinking again! As for the recap of Project Xperiment 2, we will rely on the text generated by ChatGPT, along with the pictures below.

Eva Jonkmans

Techlab Ambassador

Eva is the ambassador of Techlab, the innovation hub of Essent IT. As part of her role in the team, she writes blogs about Techlab's way of working, the innovative projects they work on and the days she and her colleagues spend in Techlab.

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Sachin 31-10-2023 | 13:46 Nice Article!!
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