Thursday, January 19, 2023

Nick Cave, Paul Krugman, Sarah Firisen, and the "grotesque mockery" of ChatGPT

Like me, Nick Cave thinks ChatGPT is bullshit, as he wrote on seeing "a song in the style of Nick Cave" written by ChatGPT: "[...] this song is bullshit, a grotesque mockery of what it is to be human". Such "grotesque mockery" also appears in an article by Sarah Firisen, who quotes a passage from Paul Krugman. While I didn't know until after I read the paragraph that it had been written by ChatGPT, I had found it unusually flat for Krugman, framed as it was by "it is possible that" and "it is also worth noting that". Such telltale formulas make a "grotesque mockery" of Krugman's usually vigorous writerly voice. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 19 January 2023)


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