Artificial Intelligence Humor

When you ask ChatGPT for a word that begins with “i”

Screenshot of ChatGPT conversation:

Me: I need a word that begins with "i" that is a synonym for speech or presentation

ChatGPT: A word that begins with "i" and is a synonym for speech or presentation is "address."

Me: "Address" doesn't begin with "i."

ChatGPT: Apologies for the oversight. A word that begins with "i" and is a synonym for speech or presentation is "oration."

Me: That doesn't begin with "i" either.

ChatGPT: You're right, my apologies for the oversight. A word that begins with "i" and is a synonym for speech or presentation is "interlocution."

Me: There you go. Nicely done.

Here’s your daily reminder that large language models don’t actually “understand” the world — at least not in the same way that we do. They’re stochastic parrots.

Artificial Intelligence Humor

ChatGPT prompt experiment: Mr. Clean / “Star Wars” product placement

The original 1977 Star Wars poster, but with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge superimposed over Luke Skywalker's lightsaber.

My prompt:

I need a description of the original “Star Wars” film suitable for a magazine, but with an advertisement for Mr. Clean Magic Eraser pads somehow inserted into said description. Use big, Hollywood-style promotion language.

ChatGPT’s reply:

In a galaxy far, far away, a timeless epic unfolds, introducing audiences to an unforgettable cast of characters and an intergalactic battle between good and evil. “Star Wars” is a cinematic masterpiece that has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations.

From the moment the iconic opening crawl begins, viewers are transported into a world of adventure and excitement. Join Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo as they embark on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Princess from the clutches of the evil Empire. But their journey will not be easy, as they face off against ruthless stormtroopers, fierce battles, and treacherous villains.

As the story unfolds, audiences are swept away by the thrilling action sequences, the breathtaking special effects, and the iconic soundtrack. But amidst the chaos and excitement, there’s also a heartwarming tale of friendship, loyalty, and heroism that continues to resonate with viewers today.

And now, as you watch this timeless classic, experience the magic of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser pads. With their powerful cleaning technology, these pads can tackle even the toughest stains and dirt, leaving your home sparkling clean. So whether you’re battling the Empire or just fighting a messy kitchen, trust Mr. Clean Magic Eraser pads to get the job done right.

In the end, “Star Wars” is more than just a movie. It’s a cultural phenomenon that has inspired countless spin-offs, sequels, and even its own theme park. So come along for the ride, and may the force be with you – and Mr. Clean!

Artificial Intelligence What I’m Up To

Could ChatGPT do my job?

It’s been just over five weeks since the launch of ChatGPT (it happened on November 30, 2022). Since then, from casual conversations over the holidays to New York Times think pieces, people have been asking if ChatGPT could do their jobs.

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Want to know how I landed my job at Auth0? I wrote about it back in 2020.

In case you’re wondering, I’m a Senior Developer Advocate at Okta for the Auth0 product. If that sounds confusing, it’s because Okta acquired Auth0 in May 2021, and while we’re one company, that company has two products named “Okta” and “Auth0”. It’s my job to show mobile developers how they can use the Auth0 product to authenticate and authorize users.

In the video above, I “had a conversation” with ChatGPT where I asked it some basic questions about OAuth2, OIDC, and Auth0, and it answered them correctly. However, when it got to questions about writing iOS and Android apps that used Auth0 for login, it got some details wrong — and in programming, it’s the details that get you. Watch the video to find out what happened!