Artificial intelligence meets real politics – The Nevada Independent

Last Wednesday, OpenAI — an artificial intelligence research company — released ChatGPT, a dialogue-based AI chat interface for OpenAI’s pre-trained language model, to the public. In theory, the AI ​​is capable of debugging code, engaging in complex conversations, and even writing a scientific paper on itself.

In practice, well, I tested ChatGPT the same way everyone else has for the past week – I had it do my homework for me:

Write an opinion column explaining why Nevada should be the nation’s first state in the presidential primary.

As a resident of Nevada, I am proud to say that our state should be first in the country in the presidential primaries. Here are some reasons:

First, Nevada is a diverse and representative state. Our population is a mix of urban and rural, and we have a large Hispanic population, which is an important voting block in national elections. This means that the results of the Nevada primary are likely to be more reflective of the country as a whole than results in a state with a more homogeneous population.

Second, Nevada has a long history of holding early presidential caucuses, which gives us the experience and expertise to make this important election. Our state has proven that it can handle the logistics of a presidential primaries, and we have the infrastructure in place to ensure the process runs smoothly.

Third, holding Nevada’s first presidential primary would give our state a greater say in the national political conversation. It will put Nevada in the spotlight and give our citizens a greater voice in choosing the next President of the United States.

In conclusion, Nevada should be the nation’s top state in the presidential primary because of our population’s diversity and representation, our experience and expertise in conducting early presidential caucuses, and the opportunity to give our state a greater say in the national political conversation. We are ready and eager to take on this important responsibility.

Not bad, but there was a key element missing from the analysis:

Ok, now re-write the column but this time pointing to the Culinary Union.

As a resident of Nevada, I believe our state should be the first in the country to hold a presidential primary for several reasons, including our powerful and influential Culinary Union.

First, the Culinary Union represents a large portion of the Nevada workforce and has a long history of advocating for workers’ rights. That means issues important to the union, such as health care and fair wages, will be front and center in the primaries.

Second, the Culinary Union has a proven track record of voter turnout and participation, which will help ensure a high level of turnout in the primaries. This will help ensure that election results are representative of the wider population.

Third, the Culinary Union has a national presence and is known for its political activism, which means that the issues it champions will be of interest to voters and political analysts across the country. This will help raise the importance of the Nevada primary and make it a major event in the presidential election process.

Overall, I believe that the strong and influential Nevada Culinary League makes our state a perfect fit to be the first in the nation to hold a presidential primary. By bringing important issues to the fore and ensuring high levels of voter participation, the union can help make Nevada first a defining event in the presidential election process.

There we go – we now have a fully serviceable opinion column. Add another 1,500 words, a few dozen em dashes (those “-” letters I sprinkle liberally in my columns), a pop culture reference from at least two decades ago, some paragraph-length runs on sentences, and then boot into Clever metaphor half or two and no one will know the difference.

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However, this isn’t the first conversation-driven AI I’ve interacted with. Like many people my age, I had a lot of fun asking Cleverbot inappropriate questions and laughing at her answers while I was supposed to do my homework during college (In addition to the change ça, and c.). Thus, I had an idea or two as to what ChatGPT might be up against. For example, if you ask him to give birth to something new, something new – if you ask him to express an opinion that no one has ever asked him to do – will he succeed?

The answer was about what I expected.

Well, now write an opinion column explaining why Connecticut, which was the last state to hold its own presidential primary in 2020, should be the first to hold its own presidential primary in 2024.

As a resident of Connecticut, I believe our state should be the first in the country to hold a presidential primary in 2024 for several reasons.

First, Connecticut is a diverse and representative state, with a mix of urban, suburban, and rural communities. This means that our primary results can provide a good indication of how the rest of the country will vote.

Second, Connecticut being the first state to hold a primary would give a greater voice in the national political conversation. By casting our votes first, we’ll have the opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the primary season and influence the direction of the election.

Third, Connecticut has a history of being a swing state, with a proven track record of accurately predicting the winner of a general election. This means that our primary election results can be a valuable source of information for candidates and political analysts alike.

Overall, I believe Connecticut is well suited to be the first state in the nation to hold a presidential primary in 2024. By providing a diverse and representative sample of the country, giving our state a greater say in the national political conversation, and having a proven track record of accurately predicting the winner of the general election, Connecticut can play a crucial role in the presidential primary election process.

Nobody cares about Connecticut, not even… Connecticut? Connecticuts? (According to the US Government Publishing Office Style Guide, 2016 Edition, the official name for a resident of Connecticut is “Connecticuter,” though “Nutmegger” is also used frequently.) Thus, nobody cares who-important, Connecticuters – I think he would be the best candidate for president for the same reason no one cares about … New Hampshire people? New Hampshires? (“New Hampshire” is the official name for the people of New Hampshire) –

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I digress.

The point is, no one wrote a column suggesting that Connecticut should be the first state in the nation to choose a president of any party (maybe—although Connecticut has been around long enough for a founding father or two to supposedly start a presidential campaign in a walnut state The good guy, our current system of using primaries and caucuses to choose presidential candidates didn’t exist until 1972).

Thus, ChatGPT can’t mathematically sum up dozens of columns and letters to the editor about Connecticut’s merit of being first in the state like a resourceful and competent columnist from Nevada can ask for some algorithmically generated conventional wisdom about any state. It should be the first presidential election in the country.

What it could do, however, is include Connecticut as the subject of every other column about which state should host the country’s first presidential primary. The problem is that most of these columns are about Nevada, which doesn’t have much in common with the fifth oldest state in our country.

Unfortunately, though ChatGPT may have been convinced by all the convincing efforts that went into trying to convince anyone who would listen that Nevada would make the perfect state to launch a presidential campaign in, all that effort has proven to be in vain. President Biden, the most powerful Democrat in the country, is not a model of natural language moved by the volume of nearly identical opinions praising our state’s worthiness.

No, Biden is an old-school politician, someone who believes that political parties exist to (re)elect candidates, not to advance abstract, data-centric ideals. As a result, when the Democratic National Committee opened up the topic of changing party rankings in the presidential primaries, Biden didn’t scrutinize the census tables carefully for demographic diversity, didn’t order his staff to do a rigorous statistical analysis of the state’s electoral vote distributions against past presidential results, and certainly didn’t train his brain on opinion columns. It is several gigabytes.

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Instead, he did something almost enticing — he rewarded his most loyal supporters and instructed the Democratic National Committee to make South Carolina, the first state to win the 2020 presidential primary, the first presidential election of the 2024 campaign season.

In contrast to younger people who sometimes watch the mysterious processes that we have passed on to us super boss– Portraying their predecessors as timeless establishments, Biden is old enough to remember how presidential candidates were chosen before both political parties brought some binding populism to the nomination processes after the Democratic Party’s disastrous presidential nomination in 1968. He’s also old enough to remember how that nomination began — as Eugene McCarthy put in a surprisingly strong showing in the New Hampshire primary against an unpopular presidential incumbent.

In other words, Biden is not interested in becoming the next Lyndon Johnson.

And Biden is old enough to remember why everyone started to care so much about Iowa’s first presidential caucuses in the first place – a relatively unknown peanut farmer from Georgia staked the farm at the first caucus in 1976, hoping to use that seems unlikely. Success would propel him through the Democratic presidential nomination and into the White House. For Jimmy Carter, at least it worked — but the same cannot be said for Dick Gephardt, Tom Harkin, or Pete Buttigieg, who each tried the same strategy in 1988, 1992, and 2020, respectively.

With the benefit of hindsight, we now know that being first in the nation has little direct predictive power. First-state voters can eliminate a candidate, as New Hampshire did in 1968, but first-state voters aren’t always the most reliable pick for eventual winners. Because little-known candidates routinely spend all of their time and resources in the first state to earn that much-needed win—fighting so hard to be the next Jimmy Carter—they often lose steam after achieving their early win, especially once they start looking for support in the states the candidates are visiting. Others famous and funded months ago.

However, none of that will stop critics from doing their best simulation of ChatGPT – from taking one sample, no matter how specific, and extrapolating it to fifty even if the details are inappropriate. It turns out that the only sample would be South Carolina instead of Nevada.

David Colburn ran for office twice. He now works as an IT director, father of two, and weekly opinion writer for Nevada Independent. You can follow him on Twitter @tweeton Mastodon @[email protected]or email him at [email protected].


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