Economics/Class Relations

‘6 Stand-ups Analyze ChatGPT’s Attempts to Steal Their Jobs,’

— Megh Wright, senior editor, Vulture

In New York’s recent feature about linguist Emily M. Bender and the philosophical implications of large language models, writer Elizabeth Weil describes chatbots like OpenAI’s ChatGPT as “the Platonic ideal of the bullshitter.” You know who else is skilled at bullshitting? Comedians. What if you pitted one bullshitter against another by prompting ChatGPT to write jokes in the style of six comedians, then presented the jokes to the comedians themselves for an expert analysis? We did just that, and the results are fascinating, funny, and highlight why jokes are a great test of ChatGPT’s capabilities (or lack thereof). “At what point is human error part of the charm of human ideas?” Pete Holmes asked Vulture’s Hershal Pandya. “I sometimes say onstage, ‘We don’t like jokes a fax machine could get,’ and I think you could apply that to the more modern extension: We don’t like jokes that ChatGPT would get. We want jokes that pass the ‘I’m not a robot’ test.”
6 Stand-ups Analyze ChatGPT’s Attempts to Steal Their Jobs “It’s eerie, but there are comedians who are worse than this.”
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