Promises and Pitfalls of Using LLMs for Scraping Web UIs

ChatGPT and other publicly available large language models (LLMs) put AI into the hands of everyday computer users, offering the possibility of automating computer tasks. One candidate task is web scraping. We informally experimented with ChatGPT to explore the potential promises and pitfalls of using it for scraping data from web user interfaces. We share our observations and considerations for future human-LLM web scraping systems.