He asked the artificial intelligence to control his life for 24 hours
I stood outside the subway, defiantly waving my HIRE ME sign in front of the suitors. There were strange looks, laughter, but I was determined to continue with this experiment. After half an hour of relentless 'networking', not one επάφή στο LinkedIn. Κάτι κερδίζεις, κάτι χάνεις, ε; Εγώ έχασα την αξιοπρέπειά μου.
Frustrated with my job search, I needed a coffee to tide me over.
12.30 μμ: «Chat GPT, πού να πιω καφέ στο Canary Wharf;»
ChatGPT directed me to a local coffee shop. Unfortunately, it wasn't anything special – but what is, in this soulless, concrete jungle called Canary Wharf? Of course, I couldn't choose what to drink. So I ordered a flat white, as instructed.
It seems that artificial intelligence does not do well with coffee. The flat white was average – nothing bad, but nothing great either. However, the coffee break gave me time to think about the other ways artificial intelligence can benefit humanity. Given the global mental health crisis, I wanted to see if ChatGPT could suggest solutions for relaxation.
1.00pm: "ChatGPT, how can I relax in London?"
ChatGPT suggested I take a "relaxing river cruise" in the city. Okay, it was fun and a unique way to see the city – I'll admit it. But does being nauseous and being splashed by the Thames sound "relaxing" to you? It seems that artificial intelligence still has a long way to go before it can understand human emotions.
After a quick look at Tower Bridge, I finished my journey and headed towards the river. Seeing the street art made me want some inspiration.
2.30pm: 'ChatGPT, what are the best galleries in London?'
Το ChatGPT με πήγε να δω ένα ουρητήριο στην Tate Modern, επειδή μοντέρνα τέχνη. Πέρα από την πλάκα, ήταν αρκετά εντυπωσιακό έργο. Αν και δεν είναι το πιο εξειδικευμένο έργο τέχνης, η story και η επιρροή Fountain του Marcel Duchamp στον κόσμο της σύγχρονης τέχνης είναι δύσκολο να ξεπεραστεί.
I looked for two other projects that AI suggested, but after hours of searching, I realized they weren't even in the gallery. Here's the problem with relying on AI to dictate your life: it's not informed. ChatGPT says its data only goes back to 2021, but that shows it's still lagging behind here.
Defeated, I left the gallery hoping for a more timeless, classic sightseeing tour.
4pm: "ChatGPT, what sights to see in London?"
As expected, ChatGPT didn't come up with anything revolutionary. But as a guinea pig I followed the suggestions.
Saint Paul's Cathedral – check.
Tower of London – check.
Parliament - check.
Big Ben – check.
After hours of walking I was hungry again.
7pm: "ChatGPT, what to eat in Chinatown?"
At the restaurant I encountered the familiar sight of a queue. If there's one thing Brits love more than football and political turmoil, it's queues. It seems that ChatGPT prefers places that are already popular, which makes sense since it probably copies suggestions from Google.
The infamous roast duck did not disappoint – I can see why they've been 'serving the dish for over 40 years'. If it ain't broke you don't change it, right? With a few hours to kill, I turned to my omniscient for orders.
10pm: "ChatGPT, what else should I do in Soho?"
ChatGPT told me to try Soho's "vibrant nightlife", particularly a "traditional pub" called The French House. Wanting a beer, I headed to the bar – relying on AI to guide me in my drink selection.
He told me that Kwak was a good choice, a popular drink at The French House. "It's a unique beer with a sweet taste and spicy aroma," AI continued. Perfect.
To my dismay, beer wasn't even available in the pub. "Are you kidding me;" replied the bartender. "No, honestly." “The AI told me to order it,” I stammered, showing him my phone while the others waiting at the bar got annoyed.
Then I realized how ridiculous this experiment was. Is there even Kwak beer? I'd never heard that before – and I'm pretty sure the bartender thought it was some kind of insult. A quick google shows that it exists. The 'signature glass' would certainly 'make an impression' in central London, but probably not in a good way. With my dignity in tatters, I left the bar and went home.
11pm: "ChatGPT, when should I sleep?"
Fortunately, ChatGPT told me to go to bed early at night to get a full eight hours of sleep. And, after a day walking around London at the mercy of artificial intelligence, I needed it.
Can artificial intelligence really replace human autonomy? To choose a good breakfast – yes. Otherwise, the responses were mediocre and indifferent. But can you blame it? ChatGPT works by searching the internet for answers, so it's unlikely to turn up any gems.
If you are dumb enough to do this experiment, be prepared for a lot of queues and false information. If I learned anything from today, it's that I won't be relying on artificial intelligence anytime soon. I'll prefer my brain, thank you very much.