by Bricklyn Eagle Editor Walt Brickman
February 5, 2023, 9 pm EST
I owe Bricklyn Eagle readers and Friends of Bricklyn an apology, and also an explanation.
As those of you who have visited BricklynVT.com since this morning know, I “wrote” two “poems” that I thought were discarded in the trash, but instead were found in the street and returned to the Bricklyn Eagle office and to one of our reporters. One of these poems was supposed an homage to the delights of donuts, while the other, in contrast, denigrated croissants!
These “poems” were done in jest.
I have a further confession to make, one not yet reported on in The Bricklyn Eagle. So, I will be making some news of my own.
You may have noticed that I put the words “wrote” and “poems” in the preceding paragraphs in quotation marks. That is because the two so-called poems, that I so-called wrote were, in fact, creations generated by ChatGPT – the artificial intelligence rage among many people in both Outland and Inland communities.
I wanted to see for myself how ChatGPT worked. For the donut poem, I entered the words: “poem on joy of eating donuts,” while for the croissant poem, I entered: “poem on dislike of taste of croissants.” The two poems published this morning in The Eagle were generated by ChatGPT based on those words.
What I did not expect, and what I apologize for, is having tested ChatGPT in the context of the Great Donut Debate by jokingly playing with the values Bricklynites and Friends of Bricklyn have invested in their love of donuts, or of croissants, or of other pastries. That was thoughtless and discreditable.
To try to at least partially atone, I just generated a poem on ChatGPT expressing my love of croissants and of that Brittany treat, Kouign amann. This is what ChatGPT came up with:
|Croissant (on left); Kouign Amann (on right)||Images from Wikipedia|
Sorry for having to take up your time, but I thought you all deserved an apology and an explanation.
— Walt Brickman