Can the robot overlord be funny? We used ChatGPT to generate an AI-based response for our travel satire site, The Takeoff Nap. And, it’s not half bad.
ChatGPT is the buzzword of the year right now. Countless articles have been written about it (and by it) and the airwaves are chock-full of pundits prognosticating about the future of AI.
- “Write a Travel Satire blog post about hotels”
In literally 20 seconds or so it spit out the post above. And it’s not half bad. We prefer our satire a little snarkier and a little darker. We want it to punch us in the face from time to time or at least make us snort derisively.
But, still, it’s pretty damn good. Maybe a bit long-winded for really effective satire, but it had some solid beats to it.
We asked it to write a catchy title and it came up with the aforementioned title.
Not bad, to be honest.
We then asked it to make the title snarkier and it came up with this: “Hotels: Where You Pay More for Less, and Staff Act Like They’re Doing You a Favor.”
Oooh…we like that.
Then we asked it to rewrite the already published original post with a snarkier tone. Here are the results.
“Welcome to the delightful world of hotels, where the only thing more overpriced than the mini-bar is the privilege of using their precious facilities. You’re sold a dream of a rooftop pool and gym, only to arrive and find that the gym is more crowded than a New York subway carriage during rush hour, and the pool is closed for “maintenance” for the fifth time this month.
“But hey, at least you get a free apple with your stale pastries and lukewarm coffee at breakfast, right? And the room you booked that looked so spacious in the pictures on the website turns out to be the size of a shoebox. Forget about opening your suitcase on the floor, you’ll have to sleep with it in the bed.
“And let’s not forget about the staff, who act like they’re doing you a favor by providing you with a towel or extra pillows. Why do they always knock on your door when you’re in the middle of something, and why does it take them an eternity to bring up anything you ask for? It’s not like you’re asking for the moon on a stick, just a damn pillow!
“And don’t even get me started on the prices. Want a bottle of water? That’ll be $10, please. Need to park your car? That’ll be $20 a day, even though you’re already paying an arm and a leg for the room. And let’s not forget about resort fees, which apparently cover the luxury of using the shoddy gym equipment and the nonexistent pool towels.
“In conclusion, hotels are a hot mess of overpriced amenities, cramped rooms, indifferent staff, and exorbitant prices. But hey, at least we have some snarky satire to make us laugh and commiserate with our fellow travelers. So the next time you check into a hotel, just remember: it’s not you, it’s them.”
Meh…I don’t know if that was that snarky. Maybe it doesn’t understand. Maybe I don’t understand. 🙂
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