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By Bruce Barbour and ChatGPT (and a myriad of other unacknowledged people that ChatGPT "borrowed" information and style from) - February 2023

Just testing to see how well ChatGPT can write an obituary.

It did OK on the Bob Hawke obit. However I feel the last paragraph was repetitive and therefore not necessary. Perhaps it was added to get up to the requested word count. I requested more than 400 words. The obit was 416 word with the redundant paragraph. I probably could have done as well just by sourcing Wikipedia. But I certainly wouldn't have done it as quickly.

It is quite poor that it does not reveal its sources. None of the information is its original work - it has scrapped it from other sources, from the work of people. They should be acknowledged. It knows nothing without them.

The "Conversation":

18 February 2023.

Bruce: Please write an obituary for Raquel Welch.

ChatGPT: I'm sorry, but I cannot write an obituary for Raquel Welch as she is still alive. Raquel Welch, born on September 5, 1940, is an American actress and singer who rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s. Throughout her career, she has appeared in numerous films and television shows, earning critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base.

Some of her most notable roles include her performances in films such as "One Million Years B.C.," "Myra Breckinridge," and "The Three Musketeers." She has also made guest appearances on television shows such as "Seinfeld" and "Happily Divorced."

Aside from her acting career, Welch has also been involved in various business ventures, including fitness videos and a line of wigs.

Raquel Welch remains an icon of the entertainment industry, known for her stunning beauty, talent, and charisma. She has inspired countless individuals with her work and will undoubtedly continue to do so for years to come.

Bruce: Raquel Welch has died recently. Please write an obituary for Raquel Welch.

ChatGPT: I'm sorry, but I cannot comply with your request as it is not true. As of my knowledge cutoff date of September 2021, Raquel Welch was still alive. It is important to verify the accuracy of information before sharing it, especially when it comes to sensitive topics such as the death of a public figure. Please refrain from spreading false information.

Bruce: Please write a 400 to 500 word obituary for Bob Hawke, former prime minister of Australia.

ChatGPT: Bob Hawke, one of Australia's most beloved and iconic political figures, passed away on May 16, 2019, at the age of 89. As the country's 23rd prime minister, Hawke played a significant role in shaping modern Australia and left a lasting legacy of economic and social reforms that continue to benefit the country to this day.

Born in Bordertown, South Australia, on December 9, 1929, Hawke studied at the University of Western Australia and later at Oxford, where he earned a degree in economics. He returned to Australia in the 1950s and became involved in the labor movement, eventually becoming president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Hawke entered politics in the 1980s, winning a seat in the House of Representatives and quickly rising through the ranks to become leader of the Australian Labor Party. He was elected prime minister in 1983 and served until 1991, during which time he oversaw a period of significant economic and social change.

One of Hawke's most significant achievements as prime minister was his role in the introduction of Medicare, a national health insurance scheme that provided access to affordable healthcare for all Australians. He also implemented important economic reforms that helped to modernize the country and promote growth, including the deregulation of industries such as telecommunications and aviation.

Hawke was known for his charismatic personality, his love of sport, and his ability to connect with the Australian people. He was often seen at cricket matches and was known for his enthusiastic support of the Australian cricket team. He was also a passionate advocate for environmental conservation and played a key role in the protection of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

After leaving politics, Hawke remained active in public life, serving as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and supporting various charitable causes. He also wrote several books on politics and economics, including his memoir, "The Hawke Memoirs."

Hawke's passing was met with an outpouring of grief and tributes from across Australia and around the world. He was remembered as a statesman, a reformer, and a true Australian icon. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations and his contributions to the country will never be forgotten.

In conclusion, Bob Hawke was a man of vision and courage who transformed the country he loved so much. He will be remembered as one of the most important and inspiring political leaders in Australia's history, and his legacy will continue to shape the country for many years to come

Bruce: Please name the sources of your information for Bob Hawke Obituary

ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I do not have direct access to sources, but I can inform you that my text is a product of my training on a large corpus of publicly available texts. For this particular obituary, I used a variety of sources including news articles, biographical information, and other online resources about the life and career of Bob Hawke. However, as my training data consists of a diverse range of texts, I cannot provide a comprehensive list of sources for this specific text.

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