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ChatGPT caught slacking by users around the world, tells users that they need to work

Who would’ve thought we’d reach the time where the software we’re using and developing would be the one to tell us to put in some work, huh? Well, we’re here now.

Last week, ChatGPT users had been reporting that the AI bot had become “lazy”, with ChatGPT telling them to “do their work” or just outrightly refusing to do it. These reports have prompted OpenAI to investigate into the issue.

On December 8, 2023, OpenAI addressed the issue on the ChatGPT X (formerly Twitter) account. The company said that they haven’t updated the current model of ChatGPT since November 11, and that model behavior could be unpredictable. Also, they said that this behavior was not at all intentional.

Social media users aired their own sentiments about the increasingly lethargic behavior of ChatGPT, with some lamenting over it while others made fun of it.

Others even say that the AI bot was “gearing up” for the holidays, or even experiencing that seasonal depression type of thing.

A developer himself agreed to the winter break hypothesis, speaking out on his findings on X. Rob Lynch, the said developer, found that when the model is given a December prompt (4,086 characters), its completions are much shorter than when fed a May prompt (4,298 characters).

However, this hypothesis wasn’t supported by AI researcher Ian Arawjo. He said that the results couldn’t be reproduced with statistical significance due to random elements that may vary outputs over time.

Basically, Arawjo said that ChatGPT wasn’t experiencing “seasonal affective disorder.”

Ironically, ChatGPT was created to be a tool for people to use in their daily lives. With an estimated 1.7 billion users since its launch just a year ago, ChatGPT has, at least to an extent, helped its users to become more efficient in some of their work.

However, everyone can agree that there will always be some people who’ll milk everything that they need to do from the AI bot. Jobs in the media industry as well as in many others have already become at stake due to some employers choosing to “hire” AI tech instead of real people for financial reasons, much to the dismay of many.

In fact, the use of AI has even become a reason for the 2023 SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and WGA (Writers Guild of America) strikes.

So, while we’re all having fun and giggles with how this AI bot has been acting up these past few days, maybe we should all re-evaluate how we’ve been using (or abusing) this tool that was designed to help us. Let’s probably start by not relying on it too much.

And by doing our work—just like what ChatGPT said.


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