ChatGPT, Ye hardly knew me

Asking a chat bot who you are can be a sobering experience

Steve Genco
6 min readApr 3, 2023

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Image generated by DALL-E2, “a robot interviews a businessman”

Today I was struck by an uncontrollable urge to find out how much ChatGPT thinks it knows about me. I’ve been reading a lot lately about how chat bots are simply Internet vacuum cleaners with sentence construction algorithms tacked on, so I begin wondering: What would my Artificial Buddy (AB) at OpenAI have to say about me, a minor player in the business and academic worlds, sparsely mentioned here and there in the great wasteland of the Internet, if I should dare to ask it to write my biography?

Aflame with excitement, I headed over to OpenAI.com and prompted ChatGPT to write a biography of one “Stephen Genco”. To make sure I weeded out any imposters and celebrity impersonators, I added my birthday and the city where I was born. What I got back, quickly and fluidly typed out on my screen, was an amazing mishmash of errors and false inferences that could make even George Santos blush. Let’s take a look, paragraph by paragraph.

Stephen Genco is a seasoned business professional with extensive experience in the fields of marketing, branding, and consumer research. He was born in <redacted>, <redacted, on <redacted>, <redacted>.

Not too impressive so far. Maybe it’s just getting warmed up by spitting back what I told it in the prompt. It’s definitely trying to butter me up, though. It thinks my experience is extensive. That’s nice. But “seasoned”? I don’t think anyone, including myself, has ever called me seasoned. I believe that’s a term best reserved for marinated meats.

Mr. Genco graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from California State University, Fresno. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University, where he focused on research methods and statistics.

That’s Doctor Genco to you, bud. And no, I don’t have a BS in Psychology from Cal State Fresno. It was a BA, not a BS; it was in Political Science, not Psychology; and it was from Stanford, not Cal State Fresno. Other than that, perfecto! At least it got the MA (not MS) degree right, but sadly, it was again in Political Science, not Psychology, and from the University of British Columbia, not San Francisco State. Oh, and my major was in…

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Steve Genco

Steve is author of Intuitive Marketing (2019) & Neuromarketing for Dummies (2013). He holds a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.