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ChatGPT told Charlie Brooker exactly how not to write a Black Mirror episode

ChatGPT told Charlie Brooker exactly how not to write a Black Mirror episode

Black Mirror has been one of the most consistently on-target (and consistently frightening) satires of humanity’s relationship with technology. So consistent, in fact, that ChatGPT was able to write an episode of it that series creator Charlier Brooker hated. In an interview with Empire, the writer and producer of numerous satirical and incisive programmes explained that, though he was curious, his experience with ChatGPT left much to be desired. He asked it to write an episode of Black Mirror, which seems itself like the beginning of an episode of Black Mirror, until: “It comes up with something that, at first glance, reads plausibly, but on second glance, is shit,” he said. “Because all it’s done is look up all the synopses of Black Mirror episodes, and sort of mush them together. Then if you dig a bit more deeply you go, ‘Oh, there’s not actually any real original thought here.’ ” Indeed, as Vannevar Bush once wrote, “For mature thought there is no mechanical substitute.” Even Ada Lovelace said much the same as she worked …