Chances are pretty good that you’ve already heard some talk about ChatGPT, a super smart language model that is changing the way that we search for information and write text. At Mearto, we’ve been interested in learning more about what this program can offer in the area of fine art, antique and collectibles appraisals, so we went straight to the source.

The following is an “interview” that we conducted with the most recent version of ChatGPT.

Mearto: For the first question, can you please tell us what is ChatGPT and please put it into simple terms that someone who maybe doesn’t have a lot of tech experiences and has never used the platform could understand?

ChatGPT: Certainly! ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence (AI) language model designed by OpenAI that can understand and generate human-like language. It was trained on a large corpus of text data from the internet, which allows it to generate responses to text-based prompts in a natural-sounding way.

In simple terms, you can think of ChatGPT as a digital assistant that can communicate with you in written text. It can understand what you’re saying and generate responses that sound like they’re coming from a human, even though they’re actually generated by a computer program. ChatGPT is often used in various applications, such as chatbots, language translation, text summarization, and more.

Mearto: Many have already commented on how ChatGPT is changing the way that we do things. Some of these changes are negative. For example, there are concerns that students will use the program to write school or academic papers. Other changes seem to be positive and may lead to alternative and more efficient ways to search for information. Can you describe some of the general benefits and drawbacks of the ChatGPT platform?

ChatGPT: Sure, let me break down some general benefits and drawbacks of the ChatGPT platform:


– Conversational: ChatGPT is designed to understand and generate human-like language, which makes it conversational and engaging for users. This can lead to more personalized and engaging interactions with customers, students, or other users.

– Efficient: ChatGPT can generate responses quickly and accurately, which can save time and resources compared to manually generating responses or searching for information.

– Customizable: ChatGPT can be trained on specific datasets or fine-tuned to generate responses that are tailored to a specific use case or domain.

– Scalable: ChatGPT can handle a large volume of requests or conversations at once, which makes it suitable for use in applications with high levels of user interaction.


– Bias: Like any AI system, ChatGPT can be subject to bias, which can lead to inaccurate or inappropriate responses. This can be especially problematic in sensitive areas such as healthcare or law.

– Misuse: ChatGPT can be misused for fraudulent or unethical purposes, such as generating fake news or manipulating online conversations.

– Limited understanding: ChatGPT’s understanding of language is limited to the data it was trained on, which means it may not always understand the nuances or context of a given conversation or prompt.

– Lack of emotional intelligence: ChatGPT may struggle to recognize and respond appropriately to emotional or nuanced language, which can lead to miscommunications or misunderstandings.

Mearto: What are some of the more dangerous or nefarious ways that someone could use ChatGPT? Can you give some examples?

ChatGPT: Unfortunately, like with any powerful technology, there are potential dangers and nefarious ways that someone could use ChatGPT. Here are some examples:

– Spreading Misinformation: ChatGPT could be used to generate large amounts of fake news, propaganda, or misinformation. This could be used to manipulate public opinion or cause confusion and chaos.

– Social Engineering: ChatGPT could be used to manipulate people in social engineering attacks, such as phishing scams or impersonation attacks. This could be especially dangerous if the ChatGPT is able to convincingly mimic the language and tone of a trusted source, such as a friend or family member.

– Malicious Chatbots: ChatGPT could be used to create chatbots that are designed to harass or deceive people. For example, a malicious chatbot could be used to impersonate a customer service representative and steal personal information from users.

– Automated Cyber Attacks: ChatGPT could be used to automate cyber attacks, such as brute force attacks, social engineering attacks, or phishing attacks. This could increase the speed and effectiveness of these attacks, making them more dangerous and harder to defend against.

– Creating Deepfake Videos: ChatGPT could be used to generate text-based scripts that can be used to create deepfake videos. These videos could be used to deceive people, spread false information, or damage someone’s reputation.

It’s important to note that these are just a few examples of the potential dangers of ChatGPT. The technology is still relatively new and there are likely to be many more potential risks and abuses as the technology evolves.

Mearto: Now, on the flip side, can you give me some examples of how ChatGPT could used for good?

ChatGPT: Certainly! Here are some examples of how ChatGPT could be used for good:

– Mental Health Support: ChatGPT could be used to provide mental health support to people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues. For example, a chatbot powered by ChatGPT could provide emotional support, helpful resources, and guidance for people who are struggling with their mental health.

– Customer Service: ChatGPT could be used to provide faster and more efficient customer service for businesses. A chatbot powered by ChatGPT could answer common questions, provide helpful information, and even handle simple transactions, freeing up human customer service representatives to focus on more complex issues.

– Language Translation: ChatGPT could be used to provide more accurate and efficient language translation services. For example, a chatbot powered by ChatGPT could help people communicate with others who speak a different language, making it easier for people to connect and collaborate across language barriers.

– Education: ChatGPT could be used to support learning and education. For example, a chatbot powered by ChatGPT could provide personalized feedback and guidance for students as they work through assignments or study for exams.

– Medical Diagnosis and Treatment: ChatGPT could be used to help diagnose medical conditions and provide treatment recommendations. For example, a chatbot powered by ChatGPT could help people identify symptoms and provide information about potential treatments or medications.

Overall, ChatGPT has the potential to improve efficiency, accessibility, and accuracy in many industries and areas of life, ultimately making people’s lives easier and better.

Mearto: We would like to talk a little bit now about how ChatGPT could be used in our specific industry. Let’s get right to the point. Can ChatGPT replace the online appraisal service that Mearto provides?

ChatGPT: While ChatGPT can provide a lot of valuable information and insights, there are certain aspects of an item’s value that can only be determined by a human appraiser. For example, a human appraiser can take into account the condition of the item, any unique or rare features that may affect its value, and the current state of the market for similar items. Additionally, a human appraiser can provide personalized insights and advice based on their expertise and experience in the field, which can be extremely valuable to customers. While ChatGPT can certainly be a helpful tool in the appraisal process, it should not be relied upon as a complete substitute for a professional and human appraisal.

Mearto: What kind of information and insights can you provide on an item’s value?

ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I can provide information on fair market values and other aspects of an item’s value based on the data and information that has been fed into my system. However, it’s important to note that my responses are generated based on patterns in data, and may not take into account certain nuances or subjective factors that a human appraiser would consider. Additionally, my responses are based on current market trends and may not necessarily reflect the historical or sentimental value of an item.

Mearto: What kind of data and information has been fed into your system that might be helpful for providing fair market valuations of certain items?

ChatGPT: I have been trained on a vast amount of textual data, including market reports, auction catalogs, historical sales data, and other relevant sources. This allows me to analyze and interpret data related to different categories of items, such as fine art, antiques, and collectibles. Additionally, my training data includes information on market trends, fluctuations, and other factors that may affect an item’s value. All of this information can be used to provide insights and fair market valuations for a wide range of items.

Mearto: We’ve read that your data set extends only to 2021. Can you give some more information about that and how it might affect your ability to provide accurate valuations?

ChatGPT: Yes, that’s correct. The training data used to create ChatGPT extends only up to 2021. This means that ChatGPT may not have been trained on the most recent market trends or prices for certain items. As a result, its valuations may not be as accurate as those provided by a professional appraiser who is up-to-date on the latest market trends.

Additionally, some items may have appreciated or depreciated in value significantly since 2021, which ChatGPT may not take into account. It’s important to keep in mind that ChatGPT is a machine learning model and can only provide estimates based on the data it has been trained on. It may not be able to capture all the nuances of a constantly evolving market.

Mearto: Based on your knowledge of the market prior to 2021, are there certain categories of items that you would predict to have gone significantly up or down in value in the last two years?

ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I don’t have personal knowledge or opinions. However, based on historical trends and events that have occurred since 2021, it’s possible that certain categories of items may have gone up or down in value. For example, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant increase in demand for outdoor recreational equipment and home office supplies, while the demand for formal wear and luxury items has decreased. Additionally, the rise of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) has impacted the art market, with some works of digital art selling for millions of dollars.

[Editor’s Note: Now that the pandemic is behind us and life has gone more or less back to normal, we’ve seen shift in the items that are currently in demand and a sharp decline in the appetite for NFTs.]

Mearto: Are there certain categories of items where you might be able to give a more accurate (or less accurate) indication of value because of the amount of data available?

ChatGPT: Yes, the accuracy of the information provided by ChatGPT can be influenced by the amount and quality of the data available on a particular category of items. For example, categories of items that have a larger market and more transactional data available, such as contemporary art or luxury watches, may have more accurate valuations than categories with less transactional data available, such as certain types of antiques or collectibles. However, it’s important to note that the quality of the data itself also plays a role in the accuracy of valuations, as data that is incomplete, biased, or outdated can lead to inaccurate valuations.

Mearto: Do you think ChatGPT will be able to provide more accurate online appraisals in the future?

ChatGPT: While ChatGPT has shown promising abilities in providing information and estimates, it is important to note that it has limitations and should not be relied on as the sole source of information for important financial decisions. Additionally, the accuracy of its responses can be affected by the quality and quantity of data it has been trained on. It is possible that as AI technology advances and more data becomes available, ChatGPT and similar systems may be able to provide more accurate online appraisals in the future. However, it is likely that human expertise and judgment will still be necessary for complex or unique items.

Mearto: Super interesting! We can definitely see limitations, but also some exciting possibilities that your platform can offer. Hey ChatGPT, can you write a conclusion to this interview?

ChatGPT: Sure, here’s a possible conclusion:

As we have seen, ChatGPT has the potential to be a valuable tool in online appraisals of fine art, antiques, and collectibles, particularly when it comes to providing quick and convenient access to information and estimates of fair market value. However, the limitations of the platform should not be overlooked, and it is important to remember that ChatGPT is not a substitute for the expertise and knowledge of human appraisers. Additionally, the ethical considerations surrounding the use of AI in this field must be carefully examined and addressed to ensure that the technology is being used responsibly and for the benefit of all parties involved. Ultimately, the role of ChatGPT in online appraisals remains an evolving and complex topic that requires continued exploration and dialogue.

Mearto: Excellent. Thank you so much!

ChatGPT: You’re welcome! It was a pleasure to be part of this interview and to discuss the uses and limitations of ChatGPT in the field of online appraisals of fine art, antiques, and collectibles. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask!