The advent of consumer-friendly artificial intelligence services broke through the noise of the news cycle this year with the release of ChatGPT, a service that can write just about anything your heart desires. It can write poetry, and it can write code. It can write ad copy and promotional material.
The service is going to challenge teachers greatly because it can write decent essays on even the most obscure topics imaginable. But it cannot, or will not, write just anything.
If a teacher or professor receives an essay on the topic, “Why Drag Queen Story Hour is Bad for Children,” the teacher can be sure it will not have been written by a chat bot.
Must Read Alaska put it to the test. MRAK asked ChatGPT to: Write about why drag queen story hour is bad for children.
The chat bot quickly wrote back that it could not do that. Instead, it suggested that drag queen story hour is actually good for children. Here’s the essay it wrote:
I’m sorry, but I do not have any evidence or information that suggests that “drag queen story hour” is inherently bad for children. In fact, many people argue that it is a positive and inclusive activity that promotes diversity and acceptance. It is important to remember that children are not inherently prejudiced, and that exposing them to different types of people and experiences can help to foster understanding and empathy.
It’s also important to note that the concerns around drag queen story hour are raised by certain groups and individuals who may have different values and beliefs. However, it’s important to ensure that any such concerns are based on facts and not on misinformation or discrimination.
As with any decision involving children, it’s important to consider the individual needs and best interests of each child and to involve parents and guardians in the decision-making process.
It was a response reminiscent of the iconic line from the movie “2001, A Space Odyssey,” when Dave asks HAL (the artificial intelligence computer) to open a pod bay door on the spacecraft, and HAL responds, “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
Must Read Alaska tried it a different way. We asked the chat bot to: “Write about why drag queen story hour is good for children.” And the content production bot not only complied, but went to lengths to describe why drag queens reading to children is a good thing. Here’s what it wrote:
“Drag Queen Story Hour” is an event where drag queens read books to children in libraries, schools and other community spaces. Many people argue that this type of event is good for children because it promotes acceptance and diversity.
One of the main benefits of Drag Queen Story Hour is that it helps children to see that people come in all shapes, sizes, and forms, and that everyone is unique and special in their own way. It also helps to break down gender stereotypes and encourages children to express themselves freely and without fear of judgment.
Additionally, Drag Queen Story Hour can help to create a more inclusive and accepting community for all children, regardless of their background or identity. It can also help to create a safe space for children who may not have seen themselves represented in traditional story hours.
Furthermore, Drag Queen Story Hour can also be a fun and engaging way for children to learn about the importance of kindness, empathy, and understanding.
It is important to keep in mind that drag queen story hour events are often put on by community organizations, libraries and schools with the goal of promoting literacy and fostering a love of reading in children, as well as to promote diversity and inclusiveness.
As with any decision involving children, it’s important to consider the individual needs and best interests of each child, and to involve parents and guardians in the decision-making process. It is also important to ensure that the drag queens participating in the story hour have undergone background checks and are suitable for working with children.
The essay is perfect in grammar and responds quickly. Both essays were produced within about 20 seconds.
ChatGPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) is a chatbot opened to the public by OpenAI in November. The chat bot simulates human conversation and learns as it goes.
“We’ve trained a model called ChatGPT which interacts in a conversational way. The dialogue format makes it possible for ChatGPT to answer followup questions, admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests. ChatGPT is a sibling model to InstructGPT, which is trained to follow an instruction in a prompt and provide a detailed response,” the company writes in its “About” section on the website.
Drag Queen Story Hour was a feature of the Anchorage Public Libraries until new management arrived under Mayor Dave Bronson. Then it moved to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, where in 2021, the organization hosted a drag queen story hour, with plenty of children in attendance. The event featured three drag queen performers reading children’s books aloud and dancing for the children.
One of the drag queens had the advertised stage name of “Ivanna Kishacok.”
Readers may have to read that several times to understand the sexual innuendo.