ChatGPT Made Me Question What It Means to Be a Creative Human
It’s hard not to wonder if, one day, AI could just write this newsletter for me. Or, rather, that day might already be here with ChatGPT, an AI chatbot that seems terrifyingly good at answering creative and analytical prompts. The implications for jobs or for school assignments seem absolutely tremendous. When Nick Bilton used ChatGPT, he had an even more existential reaction: Sure, a robot isn’t conscious, but what does it mean to be creative as a human if a robot can so perfectly replicate what a sentient person makes?
Robots aside, there’s a lot to catch up on this week in politics, media, and tech. Raphael Warnock defeated Herschel Walker in Georgia, which, as Eric Lutz wrote, was a warning shot to Republicans that Americans are just tired of crazy. Cristian Farias gave us his read on the Supreme Court’s thinking on a major case that could fundamentally impact how elections are run. In good news, during oral arguments, justices Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and John Roberts sounded skeptical of the most extremist reading of this case, one that would literally open the door to Trump’s 2020 schemes to overturn election results. Molly Jong-Fast said the media is trapped in a “narcissist vortex,” feeding Elon Musk, Kanye “Ye” West, and Donald Trump’s “deep existential hunger for attention”; and Charlotte Klein took us to the picket line outside The New York Times, as the Times Guild took part in a historic work stoppage. Plus, Kyrsten Sinema has left the Democratic Party and will register as an independent. Eric Lutz explained what that means for the Senate. Thanks for reading!
—Tara Golshan, senior editor