ChatGPT: Implications for Planning

PAS QuickNotes 101

By Claire Daniel



Recent years have seen growing interest in the impact of digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), on planning practice. Although AI capabilities have been building over many decades, the release of ChatGPT by OpenAI in November 2022 brought AI writing capabilities into the mainstream overnight.

ChatGPT and other large language models (LLMs) are powerful tools that will augment planners' abilities to govern cities and places. Their capabilities have significant implications for planning work, and it is important for planners to be aware of both the positive and negative factors.

This edition of PAS QuickNotes provides a primer on ChatGPT and explores the potential implications of this and similar emerging AI products on planning practice.


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April 12, 2023
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American Planning Association

About the Author

Claire Daniel
Claire Daniel is an urban planner, spatial data scientist, and programmer with experience across local government and consulting, a Scientia Scholar at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and the PlanTech Project Officer for the Planning Institute of Australia, currently conducting in-depth #PlanTech and #OpenPlanning research focused on using data and computing to improve urban planning outcomes.