Has chat GPT taken the place of bloggers? To find out, I gave it a prompt similar to something I’d post about here on Laurellit.
The prompt: List and describe the five strongest heroines from modern American novels.
Here was its response:
- Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Katniss is a brave and resourceful young woman who is willing to risk her own life to save her family and friends. She is a powerful symbol of resilience and courage, and her determination to survive in the face of incredible odds has inspired readers around the world.
- Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – Hermione is an intelligent, brave, and loyal friend who is willing to do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves. She is a powerful role model for girls everywhere, showing that intelligence, determination, and loyalty can make a difference in the world.
- Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Scout is a brave and independent young girl who is willing to stand up for what is right in her small southern town. She is a powerful example of a young person using her voice to make change in the world.
- Offred from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Offred is a brave and resilient woman who is determined to survive and resist the oppressive regime in which she lives. She is a powerful example of a woman fighting for her freedom and for the freedom of her people.
- Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – Lisbeth is an independent and resourceful young woman who is determined to fight against the abuse and injustice that she has experienced. She is a powerful symbol of resilience and strength, and her courage and determination to right wrongs have inspired readers around the world.
It’s an acceptable response, except neither Harry Potter nor The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an American novel. Also, Chat GPT included three characters under the age of eighteen, and the other two were in their early adult years. All of the heroines are white. All are from novels with movie adaptations. My list would definitely have been more varied and a little less obvious.
But if what this had been an essay assignment? Had a student turned this in, I don’t know if I could tell that it was written by an AI. But, I wouldn’t have given it a very good grade. There are no specific examples, just generalities. Also, four of the five descriptions end with “the world,” and that’s just annoying.
However, I’m sure there are ways to solicit far more sophisticated responses, and Chat GPT is going to be a huge issue in education. But what about fiction? Is Chat GPT capable of writing entire novels? I’m sure we’ll find out soon. In the meantime, The Washington Post published a story about a children’s book made entirely from AI.
It’s called Alice and Sparkle, and apparently, the author, Ammaar Rashi, put it together as experiment for his niece. Both the text and images were created through AI, but he had to do do a lot of polishing and editing to make the story work. I think it’s sort of cute, but check out the reviews on Amazon. There are a lot of strong opinions!
*side note: WordPress doesn’t like Chat GPT. This post has a frowny face for readibility.