Amid concerns about students using artificial intelligence and programs like OpenAI’s ChatGTP to complete assignments, we feel obligated to caution kids who do homework not to rely on it for biographical research.
It seems that one thing on the internet that the chatbot hasn’t bothered to search for information is LinkedIn profiles, if the comments with professional bios we saw today are anything to buy.
Startup Daily has previously written about how ChatGPT makes up facts and even lives about it when caught. Christopher Graves, founder of the Ogilvy Center for Behavioral Science ChatGTP makes up supposed scientific references to dress up a response.
“It won’t hesitate to lie and make them up… and then confess. I asked it not to lie and again to look for real studies. It lied again,” he said.
And Wired journalist Clive Thompson called it an AI-generated “bullshitter”with many more examples.
While it has its uses, ChatGPT has also become the new version of “Google Yourself” and the results are equally surprising.
This writer was quite humiliated a few weeks ago when we asked ChatGPT to tell us what it knew about me.
Despite more than 10,000 stories online in publications around the world, the response was basically “never heard of”.
“Not well known or is a relatively unknown journalist”. Ouch. *taps Gotye’s ‘Somebody that I used to know’ on Spotify and cries softly…*
Well, I’m glad I never wrote my own Wikipedia entry, unlike so many of my peers.
Meanwhile, CNET journalist Mark Serrels asked ChatGPT to tell him about himself and was surprised to discover he’s written books he didn’t know he had.
ChatGPT thinks I wrote this book and not lmao pic.twitter.com/Gv56sCc5fn
— Mark Serrels (@Serrels) February 28, 2023
Others in tech joined in, including Dead Static Drive creator Mike Blackney, discovering their own previously unknown novels and career highlights.
amazing how much information it can come up with that feels on the right track but is all wrong pic.twitter.com/IaggiLkOlb
— mike “GDC” blackney (@kurtruslfanclub) February 28, 2023
So using the question Serrels asked ChatGPT, we tried to ask it to me. And I sound great.
The only problem is that while I have different editions of The SMH Good Food Guide, and contributed to many other books, at no stage have I written books about sea rescues or celebrity secrets. And while it would have been nice to write for GQ among dozens of magazines I regularly contributed to, I never did.
And yes, I was part of the founding team of Business Insider Australia, but I was 2IC, associate editor, and until 2019, not 2017.
In terms of TV, there were Masterchef appearances, an Iron Chef series on Ch 7 and Perfect Match – a story for another time – in the ’80s, as well as a desire to appear on ABC’s Spicks & Specks, but the closest at I went to The Project and watch clips of Waleed Aly on Twitter. Additional today? When I work for Kochie, I’m kind of like Sunrise.
Some would also question my expertise in the areas mentioned.
The lesson in all this is that if you want to update your resume, ChatGPT can be a great solution because your career will be more varied and prestigious than it actually is.
But if someone sends you their ChatGTP biography as an application, then run.