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AI Delivers Flattery


Dear Nicholas, For many of us vain folks who check our reflections in store windows, technology has a new way to “find one’s self.” And the self it finds can  be a very flattering image indeed.  AI delivers flattery.

An encouraging word

The vain self-absorbed writer (or anyone who has been widely written about) now can look themselves up on Artificial Intelligence (AI), on ChatGPT and likely read a lavish account, delivered in about 2 seconds.Since there is much about a writing career that can bring one to near-despair, it’s nice to receive a bit of excessive praise now and then.

But is it correct? Is it sincere? The very name Artificial suggests otherwise.                              
(I sure wish AI would solve my maddening problems with formatting here.)                      
I was pleased to find 1) that I was known to Madame AI at all and 2) that as a novelist I am accomplished and respected and have a distinctive style. (Hurrah!)


And my work “is characterized by its deep exploration of metaphysical and spiritual themes. Her novels often blur the lines between the ordinary and the extraordinary, inviting readers to contemplate the mysteries of existence and the potential for personal transformation.”


Wow! And repeatedly asking a question with slightly different wording piles up even more compliments. (Yes, I did do that.)


I had been having some trouble appreciating AI since it is said to threaten human existence and have the capability of stealing writers’ identities and plagiarizing books. I’m against this sort of thing, no matter how many nice things it says about me.                  
Also a judge looked himself up and found out what a great judge he was, so he tested the system. He looked up the two worst judges he knew and found that they were also distinguished.                                                                                                                                            
I inquired about Donald Trump and learned that he is “best known for his career in real estate development and his role as the host of the reality TV show “The Apprentice.”  Oh, really? Beneath each answer is written “ChatGPT can make mistakes. Consider checking important information.”  Machines can have glitches.

The answer does mention Trump’s presidency and says he was “known for his distinct communication style.” Can’t argue with that.                                                                                 
With all that looms as dangerous about AI, I have to say I found my Artificial Profile  to be a bit of an upper. Couldn’t resist mentioning it.                                                                           
Swaggeringly (for a moment),                                                                                                                  


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  • Kenju
    November 7, 2023 at 3:10 pm Reply

    Good for you I’m somewhat afraid to find out what it would say about me, if anything.

    • Peggy Payne
      November 7, 2023 at 3:18 pm Reply

      Surely good things, Kenju, or it wouldn’t be called Intelligence.

  • Bob
    November 7, 2023 at 5:16 pm Reply

    Glad AI was nice to you, & I’m not lookin’ myself up – may it continue to be positive about you,
    and I’m retired. bob

    • Peggy Payne
      November 7, 2023 at 5:20 pm Reply

      Retired sounds kinda good, Bob!

  • Bob
    November 7, 2023 at 5:24 pm Reply

    So far, so good – we’ll see, retired bob

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