postgresql when it's not your job


Don’t use ChatGPT to solve problems.

9 May 2023

I shouldn’t have to say this, but don’t use ChatGPT for technical advice.

In an experiment, I asked 40 questions about PostgreSQL. 23 came back with misleading or simply inaccurate information. Of those, 9 came back with answers that would have caused (at best) performance issues. One of the answers could result in a corrupted database (deleting WAL files to recover disk space).

LLMs are not a replacement for expertise.

RobotAlly at 06:38, 10 May 2023:

better have been using gpt4, or this experiment is totally invalid already. Much less in a few months when they release 4.5 or api access such that you can use it with a vector db…

k at 06:40, 10 May 2023:

was it gpt4?

Xof at 07:28, 10 May 2023:

What is it about GPT4 or 4.5 that would make it better in answering this kind of question?

Xof at 07:29, 10 May 2023:

See my reply to RobotAlly’s comment.