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Brooke Sample

What Should You Think About ChatGPT? Ask Some Humans

Maybe we don’t want machines to do all our thinking for us.

Can it write a better newsletter?

Can it write a better newsletter?

Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

ChatGPT has been blowing minds for two whole months now, but it is making me, a journalist, uncomfortable.

OpenAI, the bot’s developer, says it was trained to “answer followup questions, admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests.” The American Press Institute’s definition of “journalism” — “the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information” — sounds a bit too similar. If a computer can create art and a chatbot can write, where can we go from here?