On Monday, Dec. 26, a story in the New York Times caught my eye: “Did a Fourth Grader Write This? Or the New Chatbot?” The article included three stories — two written by actual fourth graders and one written by ChatGPT. That’s the new chatbot everyone is talking about, including my son, TJ Gaylord, who took it upon himself to instruct the Chatbot to write a story for Boise Weekly about what to do in Idaho over the holidays. I was a little agog when I read what it wrote.
Since the NYT story, the Chatbot has been talked up all over the place. There was a story on NPR about how kids are using it to write their essays and, hey, what are the ethics behind all of this AI meets journalism stuff?