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Debunking vaccine myths with ChatGPT

ChatGPT could help to increase vaccine uptake by debunking myths around jab safety, say the authors of a study.

The researchers asked the AI chatbot the top 50 most frequently asked COVID-19 vaccine questions. They included queries based on myths and fake stories.

ChatGPT scored nine out of 10 on average for accuracy. The rest of the time it was correct but left gaps in the information provided, according to the study.

The team from the Hospital Clinico Universitario of Santiago de Compostela in Spain said the AI tool is a “reliable source of non-technical information to the public”, especially for people without specialist knowledge.

However, they highlight some concerns about technology such as ChatGPT changing its answers in certain situations.

“Overall, ChatGPT constructs a narrative in line with the available scientific evidence, debunking myths circulating on social media,” said lead author Antonio Salas. “Thereby it potentially facilitates an increase in vaccine uptake.”

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