A freelance writer says ChatGPT wrote a $600 article in just 30 seconds

A freelance writer says ChatGPT wrote a $600 article in just 30 seconds
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  • Freelance writer Henry Williams said ChatGPT wrote a convincing article in just 30 seconds.
  • Williams told The Guardian the article needed a little editing, but was worth £500 ($615).

A freelance writer said his amusement with Open AI's ChatGPT turned to "horror" after the bot knocked together a nearly-finished marketing article in just 30 seconds.

Writing in The Guardian on Tuesday, Henry Williams said the bot's article needed a little editing — but once edited, was something he'd have charged £500 ($615) to write.

Williams said the bot's article was simplistically-structured and written in an inhuman tone, but the "key points, the grammar, and the syntax were all spot on."

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He added: "I'm pretty sure artificial intelligence is going to take my job."

ChatGPT, which drew more than 1 million users soon after its launch, is a large-language model praised for its ability to produce conversational human-like text. The chat bot has only been open to the public since November but quickly grew to become a viral hit global hit, sparking interest from top executives.


Although the bot's capabilities are still being tested, the technology has shown promise writing code and sophisticated essays, and has even "passed" a Wharton business school exam.

Williams suggested in his opinion piece for The Guardian that writers and editors "will still be needed, but fewer of them. A human will prompt AI to generate mountains of copy, only intervening again to fact-check, amend and approve."

However, ChatGPT has shown a tendency to confidently present false information as true, sparking concern that it could contribute to the spread of misinformation across the internet.