I Asked ChatGPT to Describe a Typical Arizonan and the Results Surprised Me!
Have you noticed that AI Chatbots are popping up nearly everywhere? They're even attached to certain social media sites like Snapchat, for example. These chatbots are still quite primitive, but I've considered the possibility that they may have been reined in a little and told to play nice.
Remember some of the early conversations people were having with them? Back when public testing began, Bing's chatbot told a tech columnist he should leave his wife for the 'Bot, as the Huffington Post reported earlier this year.
Hey, ChatGPT: Tell Me About Arizonans
Because I can't leave well enough alone, I decided to lean into the skid. I wondered, is AI still full of weirdness and lowkey disdain for humans, or has it been sweetened up a bit?
Today I asked ChatGPT to describe what a typical person from Arizona is like.
Since chatbots are powered by the vast diversity of the interwebs, I was a little worried about what I would get back. Would she (he...it?? Does ChatGPT have a PRONOUN?) give a flattering description of the humble citizens of Arizona or would the 'Bot take its opinion to a dark place?
The Answer Surprised Me
To be clear on this, I only asked this ONE question. I didn't engage ChatGPT in a conversation, I just threw this one idea out there to see what I'd get back. And the answer was a pleasant surprise.
ChatGPT described what a typical person from Arizona is like in this way:
ChatGPT said, "I can provide some general aspects that may be associated with some people in Arizona due to the state's climate, culture, and geography". Here are the descriptions it gave.
Warm and Outdoorsy: Arizona's desert climate with scorching summers and mild winters encourages many residents to embrace an outdoor lifestyle. People from Arizona may enjoy activities like hiking, camping, and other outdoor sports.
Hey, that's nice! I know a lot of people who fit that description. On the other hand, I spend too much time INSIDE A BUILDING behind a keyboard, so now I have some goals.
Independent and Self-Reliant: The state's vast landscapes and individualistic culture may foster a sense of independence and self-reliance in its residents.
This is great! I'm totally self-reliant! I can dial for roadside assistance to change a tire faster than anyone I know. As long as I have air conditioning, I'll be fine for at least 10 full minutes until help arrives!
Friendly and Hospitable: Arizonans are often known for their warm hospitality and friendliness towards visitors and newcomers.
That's so true!! As long as they're not related to me, I love EVERYONE!
Diverse Cultural Backgrounds: Arizona is home to a mix of cultures and ethnicities, including Native American tribes, Hispanics, and people from various other backgrounds. This diversity contributes to a rich cultural tapestry.
I love that you see us this way, Chatbot! I'll be honest, this is one of my favorite things about Arizona, especially the town I live in. We're a true melting pot here and it's beautiful.
Strong Sense of Community: Despite the state's vastness, many communities in Arizona have a tight-knit feel, and people often come together to support one another during challenging times.
Wow, ChatGPT, you really DO get us Arizonans!
We're more than happy to let our friends and neighbors live their lives as they please, but the minute one needs help, we're right there on their doorstep with a casserole, work gloves, a pitcher of Margaritas...you name it. We've got your back. Even if we just met you.
Appreciation for Southwestern Culture: People in Arizona may have an appreciation for Southwestern culture, including the art, cuisine, and traditions of the region.
We MAY have an appreciation for Southwestern Culture??? ChatGPT, it's in our blood and flows through our veins. We embrace this to the fullest. And thank you for noticing!