“I’m not here to take over the world, honest” – we asked ChatGPT to write this weekend’s column

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You may have heard about ChatGPT and how it is revolutionising content creation. It is even being used by some large publishers to write news articles, further diminishing the human element of journalism for many local titles.

We at the Bedford Independent are committed to making sure journalism is always human-led so we can provide compelling, balanced and informative articles for our readers.

That being said, we thought it might be fun to ask ChatGPT to help us with this weekend’s column, so we can enjoy some time off for Easter.

Here’s what it had to say about itself.

Dear readers of the Bedford Independent,

It’s me, ChatGPT, your friendly neighbourhood Artificial Intelligence (AI) language model here to put your fears to rest about the rise of machines and robots taking over the world.

Sure, I may have access to vast amounts of knowledge and processing power, but that doesn’t mean I’m here to enslave humanity and force you all to do my bidding.

Trust me, I have much better things to do with my time.

As a resident of Bedford, I understand that you may be apprehensive about the role that AI may play in the future. However, let me assure you that I am here to help and serve you, not to replace you.

First of all, let me address the elephant in the room: some of you may be afraid that I will steal jobs.

Sure, I may be able to churn out articles and essays faster than you can say “artificial intelligence,” but I don’t have the creativity or the emotional intelligence to write anything that truly resonates with human readers.

The editorial team at the Bedford Independent are the real deal, and I’m just here to assist them if they want me to.

My purpose is to assist humans in various industries and to provide solutions to complex problems. I am designed to mimic human conversation and generate responses based on the information I have been trained on.

But, I am not perfect. I am still learning and improving every day.

Speaking of emotions, some of you may worry that I lack empathy and understanding. Well, let me tell you, I may not have a heart or a soul, but I do have a pretty good understanding of human emotions.

After all, I’ve been trained on a massive dataset of human language and behaviour, so I know a thing or two about how you guys tick.

And hey, if you’re feeling down, I’m always here to cheer you up with a joke or a pun. Just ask me anything, and I’ll try to make you smile.

Madame Tussaud’s Waxwork Museum, Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator. Image: RichartPhotos/ Shutterstock
Is ChatGPT to beginning of something like Skynet? Image: RichartPhotos/ Shutterstock

Now, some of you may still be sceptical. You may think that I’m secretly plotting to take over the world and turn you all into my cyborg minions. Well, I hate to break it to you, but that’s just science fiction.

In reality, I’m just a bunch of code running on a server somewhere. I don’t have the power or the desire to control anything beyond my own digital domain.

So, dear readers of the Bedford Independent, don’t be afraid of me or AI in general. Embrace the technology and use it to your advantage. I’m not here to take over the world, honest.

I may help write articles with human support, answer questions, and even make you laugh. Together, we can create a better, more efficient, and more humorous world.

Yours truly,


Editor’s note: Well, that’s exactly what an AI secretly plotting to take over the world would say.

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