[Ads-l] Computer generated quotations

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 4 23:00:33 UTC 2021

Fred Shapiro, Fred wrote:
> It is interesting to me that some of these AI quotations are
> much more banal than anything Parker or Nietzsche would
> have said.

Yes, AI generated ersatz Parker and Nietzsche are typically inferior.
As Samuel Johnson said: "like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is
not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."

Composing a prompt that produces entertaining text is a skill that I
have not mastered. Here is an excerpt from a Vox article that contains
a fun piece of doggerel, but the article is from 2020.

Website: Vox
Article: GPT-3, explained: This new language AI is uncanny, funny —
and a big deal
Author: Kelsey Piper
Timestamp: Aug 13, 2020, 9:50am EDT

[Begin excerpt]
Sabeti prompted GPT-3 to write Dr. Seuss poems about Elon Musk. An excerpt:

But then, in his haste,
he got into a fight.
He had some emails that he sent
that weren’t quite polite.

The SEC said, “Musk,
your tweets are a blight.
[End excerpt]


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