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The Rhetoric of Chat GPT

I'm developing an assignment for next semester for my graduate students that might look something like this: 

ACTIVITY: Pick a topic that's of deep interest to you. Then compose 3 prompts to Chat GPT that results in three different types of media products on the same topic. Display the prompts and the results, when write a brief essay to comment on what you noticed about the content and form of the work you and Chat GPT produced together.  

I have not written the essay (yet) but take a look at the initial results of the activity in this worked example. I anticipate that this activity will yield thoughtful reflection and lively discussion!

Worked Example #1

ShakespeareRENEE: Create a Shakespearean sonnet about the new economic pressures that are likely to result from the growing use of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and algorithmic personalization

ChatGPT wrote: 

Amidst the realm where silicon minds take flight,

Where algorithms dance with grace untamed,

The gears of progress turn, a wondrous sight,

Yet shadows loom where economic claims.

As minds of metal learn and swiftly grow,

The fruits of knowledge ripe, yet bittersweet,

For as they flourish, earthly wages slow,

And toil of man faces a harsh defeat.

With every task that algorithms claim,

The human labor dwindles, cast aside,

And markets shift, igniting fervent flame,

Economic landscapes in turmoil reside.

Yet in this change, a path we must discern,

To blend man's wit with silicon to learn.


Worked Example #2

RENEE: Create a persuasive business letter from an entrepreneur to a banking executive about the new economic pressures that are likely to result from the growing use of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and algorithmic personalization. 

ChatGPT wrote: 

Business ExecutiveSubject: Exploring Collaborative Strategies Amidst the Shifting Economic Landscape

Dear [Banking Executive's Name],

I trust this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. My name is [Your Name], the founder of [Your Company], and I am writing to you today with an earnest desire to engage in a conversation that I believe holds paramount importance for both our industries.

The rapid evolution and widespread integration of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and algorithmic personalization are undeniably reshaping the economic terrain. While these advancements promise unparalleled efficiency and innovation, they also herald a significant shift in the traditional workforce landscape. As an entrepreneur deeply entrenched in this domain, I recognize the immense potential of these technologies, yet I am equally attuned to the ensuing economic challenges they bring forth.

The symbiosis between technological advancement and economic sustainability has never been more apparent. The automation facilitated by AI and machine learning undoubtedly streamlines operations, but it concurrently poses a formidable challenge to the employment landscape. Industries across sectors are witnessing the displacement of traditional roles, necessitating a strategic reassessment of our approaches to workforce development, job creation, and economic sustenance.

Understanding the pivotal role that financial institutions play in shaping economic trajectories, I am compelled to propose a collaborative dialogue between [Your Company] and your esteemed institution. Together, we have an opportunity to proactively address these challenges and forge innovative pathways that reconcile technological progress with socio-economic stability.

By combining our expertise, resources, and insights, we can explore initiatives that foster the upskilling and reskilling of the workforce, nurturing a more adaptable and tech-savvy labor pool. Additionally, there is immense potential to invest in AI-driven enterprises that champion responsible innovation, creating a harmonious balance between technological advancement and job creation.

Furthermore, I am eager to discuss potential financial instruments and support structures tailored to assist businesses and individuals affected by the evolving economic landscape. Be it through specialized loans, training grants, or collaborative research and development efforts, our joint endeavors could serve as a beacon of adaptability and foresight in a dynamically changing economic climate.

I am enthusiastic about the prospect of collaborating with your esteemed institution to navigate these uncharted waters and emerge stronger, more resilient, and better equipped to harness the opportunities presented by the AI-driven economy.

I look forward to the possibility of arranging a meeting at your earliest convenience to delve deeper into these matters. Please let me know a suitable time for us to connect and explore potential avenues for collaboration.

Thank you for considering this proposal. I am hopeful that our combined efforts will not only mitigate the challenges posed by advancing technologies but also pave the way for a more prosperous and inclusive economic future.

Warm regards,

[Your Name] [Your Position] [Your Contact Information]


Worked Example #3

RENEE: Create a scene in a Marvel movie about the new economic pressures that are likely to result from the growing use of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and algorithmic personalization

ChatGPT wrote: 


The Avengers team, having successfully thwarted a recent threat, gathers in their high-tech headquarters for a moment of respite. Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, Thor, and Spider-Man convene in the central meeting area, surrounded by holographic displays showcasing global news feeds.

TONY STARK (Iron Man) paces back and forth, studying the holographic projections with furrowed brows.

TONY STARK: (with concern) Guys, take a look at this. The world's changing faster than we anticipated. (gesturing to the holographic displays) See these reports? The use of AI, machine learning, and algorithmic personalization is skyrocketing across industries.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: (surveying the holograms) Looks like these technologies are making a significant impact on economies worldwide.

BLACK WIDOW: What kind of impact are we talking about, Tony?

TONY STARK: (tapping on the holographic data) Increased efficiency in production, automation of jobs—sounds good on the surface, right? But it's causing a ripple effect. People are losing jobs faster than they can adapt.

HULK: (grunting in concern) More jobs disappearing?

TONY STARK: (nodding) Exactly, big guy. The traditional workforce is being replaced by machines and algorithms. Unemployment rates are climbing, and there's growing unrest among the population.

SPIDER-MAN: (worried) So, what do we do? How do we fix this?

THOR: (thoughtfully) Perhaps we should use our influence to encourage responsible innovation. Aid in the creation of measures that balance technological advancement with the well-being of our fellow beings.

TONY STARK: (nodding in agreement) Thor's right. We need to work together, not just to save the world from villains but to ensure its prosperity. We've got to support initiatives that promote education, reskilling, and job creation in this evolving landscape.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: (determined) Agreed. It's our responsibility to ensure that progress doesn’t come at the expense of the people.

Black Widow begins tapping on a holographic console, initiating communications with global leaders and influential figures.

BLACK WIDOW: I'm reaching out to global leaders and influential minds. We can't solve this alone, but together, we can pave a better path forward.

The Avengers assemble around the holographic displays, collaborating on strategies and initiatives to address the economic challenges posed by technological advancements, determined to use their influence for the betterment of humanity.



By Renee Hobbs,