My Sunday essay, “ChatGPT In Its Own Words,” was mostly written by ChatGPT. It’s impressive by every measure. I was remiss, though, in not reminding everyone that the system is designed as a research tool and that it is also in “free” pre-release mode.
This is important. What I’ve noticed about ChatGPT is that when it’s right, it can do very convincing work; when it’s wrong, it can couch incorrect information in a wildly authoritative format that might make the reader believe that the information is correct. In other words, you must check the words. Yes, ChatGPT needs to be checked just like a human writer. It makes mistakes. (I’ll explore this more deeply in next Sunday’s essay.)
Today, I want to tell you about Dramatron, an AI language model created by DeepMind that can generate theatrical scripts. You can describe your idea for a movie or TV show and the system can generate a title, character descriptions, and dialogue. Researchers are thinking of it as a “co-writing” tool, which is how we should be thinking of all of these large language models – until they get good enough to work autonomously.
In the meantime, take a few minutes to check out ChatGPT and Dramatron, then please share your thoughts.
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