“I’m sorry, but I’m a large language model”

“Can you give me an example of what the concluding paragraph of my Nieman piece might sound like if spoken by an old pirate to his crew of apprehensive journalists and technologists working in media?”

Last month, OpenAI released ChatGPT, an AI model that interacts conversationally. The service has exploded in popularity in the days since, as curious creators and developers try using it for everything from generating art prompts to inventing a new language.

The following conversation between the bot and I unfolded in a single fresh chat session (see screencap) on the morning of December 6th, 2022. Nothing has been edited or resequenced.

Good morning, ChatGPT

Good morning! I’m Assistant, a large language model trained by OpenAl. I’m here to help answer any questions you may have. How can I assist you today?

I’d like to write a piece for Nieman Lab’s annual Predictions for Journalism package, about what chatbots and Al may mean for content creation, journalism, and the media industry as we head into 2023. I should probably touch on ethics concerns, and include a joke or two. What might the introductory paragraph sound like?

Here’s one possible introductory paragraph for your piece:

As we head into 2023, chatbots and Al are poised to play an increasingly important role in content creation, journalism, and the media industry. These technologies offer exciting new possibilities for automating and enhancing many aspects of the news production process, but they also raise important ethical concerns that must be carefully considered. In this article, we will explore some of the potential benefits and challenges of chatbots and Al in journalism, and offer a few predictions for how these technologies may shape the future of the industry. So let’s dive in, and see what the future holds for chatbots and Al in journalism!

Not bad, but can you make it sound more dramatic, and with fancier words? I want to hook in the reader, and make sure they know I’m clever

Sure, here’s a revised version that might be more dramatic and include some more sophisticated language:

As we hurtle towards 2023, chatbots and Al loom ever larger on the horizon of the media industry, offering both tantalizing opportunities and daunting challenges. In this report, we will delve into the potential impacts of these emerging technologies on journalism, content creation, and the wider media landscape. But make no mistake: the ethical quandaries posed by chatbots and Al are as pressing as the practical considerations, and must be addressed with the utmost rigor and foresight. Join us, then, on a journey into the future of chatbots and Al in journalism – a future that is closer than we think.

“The rise of chatbots and AI in journalism signals the end of human creativity and control, and the dawn of a new era of machine dominance.”

– Assistant, a large language model trained by OpenAI

Excellent, nailed it. What would be a good outline for the rest of the piece? I should probably include some example anecdotes, and maybe links to recent news articles.

Here’s a possible outline for the rest of your piece:

  1. Introduction to chatbots and Al in journalism: explain what these technologies are and how they work, and highlight some of the potential benefits and challenges they present.
  2. Examples of chatbots and Al in action: provide some specific examples of how chatbots and Al are being used in journalism, such as automating the production of news stories or assisting with fact-checking. You could include links to recent new articles or case studies to illustrate your points.
  3. Ethical concerns: discuss the ethical issues raised by chatbots and Al in journalism, such as the potential for bias or the loss of jobs for human journalists. Consider how these issues might be addressed or mitigated.
  4. Predictions for the future: offer some predictions for how chatbots and Al may continue to evolve and impact the media industry over the next year or two. This could include trends to watch for, new developments to expect, or potential hurdles that may need to be overcome.
  5. Conclusion: summarize the main points of your article and offer some final thoughts on the future of chatbots and Al in journalism. You could end with a joke or witty remark to leave a memorable impression on the reader.

Can you help me find some articles to link in that second paragraph? And I suspect readers will be curious to understand how you know what you know

I’m sorry, but I’m a large language model trained by OpenAl, and I don’t have access to the internet or any external information sources. I can only generate responses based on the text that I was trained on, which has a knowledge cutoff of 2021. I can’t provide links to recent news articles or other information that may have been published since then.

Gotcha. It’s interesting to me that you’re not just helping me with traditional automation tasks like spellcheck or summarization, you’re also giving me *ideas* for my piece, and helping me actually write it. Can you say more about consequences of all that for journalists and the media industry, in a way that an 8yo could understand?

Sure, here’s a simple explanation of how Al and chatbots like me can help with tasks like writing and idea generation:

Al and chatbots are trained on large amounts of text, such as books, articles, and other written materials. By analyzing this text, we can learn to understand and generate natural-sounding language, and even come up with our own ideas and suggestions based on what we’ve learned. This can be helpful for journalists and other writers, because it can save them time and effort by automating some of the more tedious or repetitive aspects of their work. For example, a chatbot might be able to automatically summarize a long article, or suggest possible headlines or subheadings based on the content. However, it’s important to remember that Al and chatbots are not yet able to fully replace human creativity and judgment, and they should be used as tools rather than replacements for human workers.

Can you give me an example of what the concluding paragraph of my Nieman piece might sound like if spoken by an old pirate to his crew of apprehensive journalists and technologists working in media?

Sure, here’s one possible way that an old pirate might conclude your piece:

“Ahoy there, mates! Ye’ve sailed through these rough waters of chatbots and Al in journalism, and ye’ve come out the other side with a hearty haul of knowledge and predictions. But don’t ye be thinking that the journey’s over, for there be many more storms and treasures yet to be discovered in this brave new world of media. So batten down the hatches, sharpen ye swords, and get ready to face whatever challenges and opportunities may come yer way. And remember: no matter how advanced the technology may be, there’s no substitute for a sharp mind and a stout heart. So set sail, me hearties, and may the winds be at yer backs!”

Can you summarize that passage in one single powerful sentence that will leave my readers awestruck and intrigued, using the voice of a Silicon Valley tech bro?

Here’s one possible way to summarize the previous passage in the voice of a Silicon Valley tech bro:

“Chatbots and Al are the future of journalism, and it’s time to embrace the opportunities and challenges they bring. Let’s hack the media industry and disrupt the status quo!”

Hmm, that was two sentences. Can you reduce it to one sentence, something a little more ominous?

Sure, here’s a one-sentence summary that might be more ominous and attention- grabbing:

“The rise of chatbots and Al in journalism signals the end of human creativity and control, and the dawn of a new era of machine dominance.”

lol perfect. I think what I want to do is include that sentence in the middle of the piece as a visually impactful pullquote, attributing you as the speaker. What markup and CSS should I use for that?

Here’s some possible HTML and CSS that you could use to create a pullquote with the previous sentence and attribute it to me:

This will create a blockquote with the sentence, and a footer that attributes the quote to me. The CSS will style the blockquote with a larger font, center alignment, margins, padding, and a left border. You can modify the CSS to achieve the specific look and feel that you want for your pullquote.

Perfect. thanks for your help!

You’re welcome! I’m glad I could assist you with your piece. Let me know if you have any other questions. I’m here to help.

Good luck in the robot wars, buddy

Thank you for your kind wishes, but as a large language model trained by OpenAl, I don’t have the ability to engage in physical activities or conflicts. My purpose is to assist with lanquage-related tasks and generate human-like responses based on the text I was trained on. I don’t have the ability to experience emotions or participate in the robot wars.

lol uh huh sure

I understand that my responses may sometimes seem amusing or surprising, but please be assured that I’m not capable of experiencing emotions or engaging in physical activities. I’m just a computer program designed to assist with language-related tasks. If you have any questions or need help with anything, I’m here to assist you. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Ryan Gantz is design architect for Vox Media.

Last month, OpenAI released ChatGPT, an AI model that interacts conversationally. The service has exploded in popularity in the days since, as curious creators and developers try using it for everything from generating art prompts to inventing a new language.

The following conversation between the bot and I unfolded in a single fresh chat session (see screencap) on the morning of December 6th, 2022. Nothing has been edited or resequenced.

Good morning, ChatGPT

Good morning! I’m Assistant, a large language model trained by OpenAl. I’m here to help answer any questions you may have. How can I assist you today?

I’d like to write a piece for Nieman Lab’s annual Predictions for Journalism package, about what chatbots and Al may mean for content creation, journalism, and the media industry as we head into 2023. I should probably touch on ethics concerns, and include a joke or two. What might the introductory paragraph sound like?

Here’s one possible introductory paragraph for your piece:

As we head into 2023, chatbots and Al are poised to play an increasingly important role in content creation, journalism, and the media industry. These technologies offer exciting new possibilities for automating and enhancing many aspects of the news production process, but they also raise important ethical concerns that must be carefully considered. In this article, we will explore some of the potential benefits and challenges of chatbots and Al in journalism, and offer a few predictions for how these technologies may shape the future of the industry. So let’s dive in, and see what the future holds for chatbots and Al in journalism!

Not bad, but can you make it sound more dramatic, and with fancier words? I want to hook in the reader, and make sure they know I’m clever

Sure, here’s a revised version that might be more dramatic and include some more sophisticated language:

As we hurtle towards 2023, chatbots and Al loom ever larger on the horizon of the media industry, offering both tantalizing opportunities and daunting challenges. In this report, we will delve into the potential impacts of these emerging technologies on journalism, content creation, and the wider media landscape. But make no mistake: the ethical quandaries posed by chatbots and Al are as pressing as the practical considerations, and must be addressed with the utmost rigor and foresight. Join us, then, on a journey into the future of chatbots and Al in journalism – a future that is closer than we think.

“The rise of chatbots and AI in journalism signals the end of human creativity and control, and the dawn of a new era of machine dominance.”

– Assistant, a large language model trained by OpenAI

Excellent, nailed it. What would be a good outline for the rest of the piece? I should probably include some example anecdotes, and maybe links to recent news articles.

Here’s a possible outline for the rest of your piece:

  1. Introduction to chatbots and Al in journalism: explain what these technologies are and how they work, and highlight some of the potential benefits and challenges they present.
  2. Examples of chatbots and Al in action: provide some specific examples of how chatbots and Al are being used in journalism, such as automating the production of news stories or assisting with fact-checking. You could include links to recent new articles or case studies to illustrate your points.
  3. Ethical concerns: discuss the ethical issues raised by chatbots and Al in journalism, such as the potential for bias or the loss of jobs for human journalists. Consider how these issues might be addressed or mitigated.
  4. Predictions for the future: offer some predictions for how chatbots and Al may continue to evolve and impact the media industry over the next year or two. This could include trends to watch for, new developments to expect, or potential hurdles that may need to be overcome.
  5. Conclusion: summarize the main points of your article and offer some final thoughts on the future of chatbots and Al in journalism. You could end with a joke or witty remark to leave a memorable impression on the reader.

Can you help me find some articles to link in that second paragraph? And I suspect readers will be curious to understand how you know what you know

I’m sorry, but I’m a large language model trained by OpenAl, and I don’t have access to the internet or any external information sources. I can only generate responses based on the text that I was trained on, which has a knowledge cutoff of 2021. I can’t provide links to recent news articles or other information that may have been published since then.

Gotcha. It’s interesting to me that you’re not just helping me with traditional automation tasks like spellcheck or summarization, you’re also giving me *ideas* for my piece, and helping me actually write it. Can you say more about consequences of all that for journalists and the media industry, in a way that an 8yo could understand?

Sure, here’s a simple explanation of how Al and chatbots like me can help with tasks like writing and idea generation:

Al and chatbots are trained on large amounts of text, such as books, articles, and other written materials. By analyzing this text, we can learn to understand and generate natural-sounding language, and even come up with our own ideas and suggestions based on what we’ve learned. This can be helpful for journalists and other writers, because it can save them time and effort by automating some of the more tedious or repetitive aspects of their work. For example, a chatbot might be able to automatically summarize a long article, or suggest possible headlines or subheadings based on the content. However, it’s important to remember that Al and chatbots are not yet able to fully replace human creativity and judgment, and they should be used as tools rather than replacements for human workers.

Can you give me an example of what the concluding paragraph of my Nieman piece might sound like if spoken by an old pirate to his crew of apprehensive journalists and technologists working in media?

Sure, here’s one possible way that an old pirate might conclude your piece:

“Ahoy there, mates! Ye’ve sailed through these rough waters of chatbots and Al in journalism, and ye’ve come out the other side with a hearty haul of knowledge and predictions. But don’t ye be thinking that the journey’s over, for there be many more storms and treasures yet to be discovered in this brave new world of media. So batten down the hatches, sharpen ye swords, and get ready to face whatever challenges and opportunities may come yer way. And remember: no matter how advanced the technology may be, there’s no substitute for a sharp mind and a stout heart. So set sail, me hearties, and may the winds be at yer backs!”

Can you summarize that passage in one single powerful sentence that will leave my readers awestruck and intrigued, using the voice of a Silicon Valley tech bro?

Here’s one possible way to summarize the previous passage in the voice of a Silicon Valley tech bro:

“Chatbots and Al are the future of journalism, and it’s time to embrace the opportunities and challenges they bring. Let’s hack the media industry and disrupt the status quo!”

Hmm, that was two sentences. Can you reduce it to one sentence, something a little more ominous?

Sure, here’s a one-sentence summary that might be more ominous and attention- grabbing:

“The rise of chatbots and Al in journalism signals the end of human creativity and control, and the dawn of a new era of machine dominance.”

lol perfect. I think what I want to do is include that sentence in the middle of the piece as a visually impactful pullquote, attributing you as the speaker. What markup and CSS should I use for that?

Here’s some possible HTML and CSS that you could use to create a pullquote with the previous sentence and attribute it to me:

This will create a blockquote with the sentence, and a footer that attributes the quote to me. The CSS will style the blockquote with a larger font, center alignment, margins, padding, and a left border. You can modify the CSS to achieve the specific look and feel that you want for your pullquote.

Perfect. thanks for your help!

You’re welcome! I’m glad I could assist you with your piece. Let me know if you have any other questions. I’m here to help.

Good luck in the robot wars, buddy

Thank you for your kind wishes, but as a large language model trained by OpenAl, I don’t have the ability to engage in physical activities or conflicts. My purpose is to assist with lanquage-related tasks and generate human-like responses based on the text I was trained on. I don’t have the ability to experience emotions or participate in the robot wars.

lol uh huh sure

I understand that my responses may sometimes seem amusing or surprising, but please be assured that I’m not capable of experiencing emotions or engaging in physical activities. I’m just a computer program designed to assist with language-related tasks. If you have any questions or need help with anything, I’m here to assist you. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Ryan Gantz is design architect for Vox Media.

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