Monday musings: Seb Kirby tests ChatGPT

Open AI’s ChatGPT has been making headlines with some claiming it will take the place of those working in many professions. Yet I’ve also heard it makes errors. So, I tried it out with the request: 

Write a biography for Seb Kirby author. 

Here’s what came back:

Write a biography of Seb Kirby author

Seb Kirby is a British author who was born and raised in Birmingham, England. He has had a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling, which led him to study English literature at university. After completing his degree, he worked in the advertising industry, but eventually decided to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time writer.

Kirby’s first foray into writing was in the genre of science fiction, and he published his first novel, “The Omega Point,” in 2011. The book was well received and established Kirby as a talented and imaginative writer. He followed up with several other science fiction novels, including “Double Bind,” “Mind Games,” and “Darkness Descending.”

In 2013, Kirby decided to switch genres and try his hand at writing thrillers. His first thriller, “Take No More,” was published the following year and quickly became a bestseller. He has since published several more thrillers, including “Regret No More,” “Forced Confessions,” and “Sugar for Sugar.”

Kirby’s writing is characterized by its fast-paced action, complex characters, and intricate plots. His stories often explore the darker side of human nature, delving into themes such as revenge, justice, and redemption. He has been praised for his ability to keep readers on the edge of their seats, and for his skill at crafting intricate and unpredictable plots.

In addition to his writing, Kirby is also a keen photographer and musician. He lives in the West Midlands with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys spending time outdoors, cycling, and exploring the countryside. Despite his success as a writer, he remains down-to-earth and dedicated to his craft, constantly striving to improve and refine his storytelling skills.

Not so accurate. So I made this reply:

Seb Kirby doesn’t live in the West Midlands, is not a photographer and does not have two daughters. He did not study English at University. He did not write “Mind Games” and “Darkness Descending.” Please rewrite.

This is what came back:

Seb Kirby is an acclaimed British author known for his captivating thrillers and engaging writing style. He was born and raised in the UK and developed a love for storytelling at a young age. Kirby has published a number of successful novels that have established him as a talented writer in the genre.

Kirby’s debut novel, “Take No More,” quickly became a bestseller and was followed by several other popular works, including “Regret No More,” “Each Day I Wake,” and “Here the Truth Lies.” His writing is characterized by intricate plots, compelling characters, and fast-paced action that keep readers on the edge of their seats.

In addition to his career as a writer, Kirby is also a keen traveler and has visited many different countries and cultures, which often inspire his writing. He enjoys immersing himself in the local culture, cuisine, and customs of each place he visits.

When not writing, Kirby enjoys a variety of hobbies, including playing music and exploring the outdoors. He is also an avid reader and is constantly seeking out new books and authors to inspire his own work.

Today, Seb Kirby lives in the beautiful English countryside with his family, where he continues to write thrilling novels that captivate readers around the world. Despite his success as an author, Kirby remains humble and dedicated to his craft, constantly striving to improve and evolve his writing.

Getting closer to an acceptable bio. This ability to iterate in a constructive way when corrections are requested is one of the AI’s strengths. But I don’t see this doing away with the need for a human hand anytime soon.

Seb Kirby’s actual bio: 

Seb Kirby

Seb Kirby was literally raised with books—his grandfather ran a mobile library in Birmingham, UK and his parents inherited a random selection of the books. Once he discovered a trove of well-used titles from Zane Gray’s Riders of the Purple Sage, HG Wells’ The Invisible Man and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities to more obscure stuff, he was hooked.

He’s been an avid reader ever since.

Other inspirations include Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis and The Trial, George Orwell 1984 and Animal Farm, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Boris Pasternak’s Dr Zhivago, Arthur Koestler’s Darkness At Noon, Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley …

He is the author of the James Blake thriller series, Take No More, Regret No More and Forgive No More; the science-fiction thriller, Double BindEach Day I Wake; and Sugar for Sugar. His latest book is another psychological thriller, Here the Truth Lies.

Get to know Seb at:

And follow him on Twitter @Seb_Kirby.

Feature AI photo by cottonbro studio.

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