An Interview with ChatGPT...

As an artist and a writer I am concerned about what is happening with AI technology lately in the form of AI generated art, but also with respect to AI generated written works. To get a better idea of what my competition is up to I decided to sit down and have a conversation with ChatGPT from OpenAI, an artificial intelligence chat bot with some alarming implications.

So I asked ChatGPT the following...

What are your limitations?


As an AI language model, I have several limitations:

  1. Lack of common sense knowledge: While I have been trained on a large corpus of text, I don't have "real-life" experiences or understanding of the world in the same way that humans do.

  2. Limited understanding of context: I can sometimes struggle to understand the context in which a question is being asked, especially if the context is implicit or the question is overly vague.

  3. No emotional intelligence: I am not capable of experiencing emotions or empathy and do not have the ability to understand emotional states or respond to them in a human-like manner.

  4. Bias in training data: I have been trained on text from the internet and can sometimes display biases present in the data I was trained on.

  5. Limited creativity: I can only generate text based on patterns learned from the data I was trained on and cannot truly think creatively or generate original ideas.

  6. No control over generated content: I do not have control over the information that I generate, and my responses are based solely on patterns learned from the training data.

Despite these limitations, I am designed to assist with generating human-like text, answering questions, and providing information to the best of my ability.


Okay... Yeah. That was a pretty complex answer. I doubt I would get an answer that good from a human, honestly. So let's keep going...

How can a human writer compete with an AI language model like ChatGPT?


While AI language models like myself can generate text quickly and at scale, human writers still have several advantages that allow them to compete:

  1. Emotional intelligence: Human writers have the ability to understand and convey emotions, empathy, and tone, which is something that AI models like myself currently lack.

  2. Creativity: Human writers are capable of generating original ideas, and can approach a subject from a unique perspective that is not limited to patterns learned from training data.

  3. Contextual understanding: Human writers have the ability to understand the context in which a piece of writing is intended, and can tailor their writing accordingly.

  4. Flexibility: Human writers are able to adapt their writing style to different genres and formats, and can take into account the audience and purpose of a piece of writing when composing it.

  5. Cultural knowledge: Human writers have a wealth of cultural knowledge and experiences that they can draw upon in their writing, and can bring a human perspective to their work that is not limited by the biases present in training data.

In summary, while AI language models like myself are capable of generating text quickly and at scale, human writers bring a level of creativity, emotional intelligence, and cultural understanding to their work that is currently not possible for AI models.


Again, a scary good answer, despite giving me some positives for why humans *might* still be better than an AI writer. For now at least. Once an AI learns how to fake emotional intelligence, creativity, understands context, is flexible enough to adapt genres, formats, cater to an audience, and the purpose of a story, and of course cultural knowledge.

Okay, let's test that with something more challenging...


And... I asked it something complicated and this is the response I got:

"An error occurred. If this issue persists please contact us through our help center at"


 Hmm... So apparently ChatGPT can also have errors. I tried several other questions, but the issue persisted. So I guess I should try again later???

To be continued...

Note - I look forward to someone creating an AI chat bot and calling Hal 9000 or Skynet and giving it a villain personality...

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