ChatGPT wrote 6 love letters as the Bard, Chandler Bing, an SRK fan & more – here’s what it missed
- We at Business Insider India, asked
ChatGPTto write love letters for six situations.
- We picked
ChandlerBing, Dwight Schrute, Sheldon Cooper, a Shah Rukh Khanfan, Sherlock Holmes and Shakespeare as our test subjects.
- ChatGPT might be close to getting a medical degree, but when it comes to matters of the heart, humans would probably do better.
AdvertisementLove in the times of ChatGPT is all about outsourcing – people are now choosing to use the AI to write their love letters for them. But, it's after all a system that never had to yearn for a loved one or worry about every fault in oneself that’s keeping a prospective beau away, or even spent hours agonising over the way to propose to a loved one.
We at Business Insider India asked ChatGPT to write love letters as famous people and one addressed to a famous person. We chose — Chandler Bing, Dwight Schrute, Sheldoon Cooper, an ardent Shah Rukh Khan lover and Sherlock Holmes.
Ahead of them all, we asked it to mimic the style of the greatest writer that ever lived – Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon.
Here are the results of our little experiment and what we thought of ChatGPT output.
Not on board with the Bard’s letter
According to ChatGPT this is how Shakespeare would have written a letter if he had to. While we are digging the language, this seems like bland poetry. Would he ever go as basic as a thirsty man for water? This is just Hindi movie lyrics in Shakespearean English.
While we will probably never really know who Shakespeare was or if he wrote all the plays he is credited with, what we do know for sure is that words from his heart cannot be as simple. The AI love letter has none of the poetic sass he induced into his characters like Rosalind in As You Like It, who dismisses Orlando’s claim that he would die for her, with this,
“But these are all lies: men have died from time
to time and worms have eaten them, but not for love.”
This is that ChatGPT wrote as Shakespeare :
My dearest love,
Thou art the sun to mine eye, the moon to mine heart, and the stars to my soul. Thou art the essence of beauty, and all the wonders of nature seem but pale in comparison to thy grace.
Each moment I spend without thee feels like a lifetime, and my heart yearns for thy presence as a thirsty man yearns for water. When I am near thee, my spirit soars as high as the heavens themselves, and my heart is filled with a joy that surpasses all understanding.
Let us vow to love each other forever, and let our love be like a never-ending summer's day. Yours truly,
A star-crossed SRK lover
Shah Rukh Khan. The name itself evokes waves of nostalgia, even though the Pathaan star is still spreading his arms lovingly on the big screen. As we know it, the reigning Badshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan has made a home in the hearts of many women and men alike.
AdvertisementWhen we asked ChatGPT to profess a single woman’s love for SRK, it sounded more like an essay on the superstar rather than the description of an ardent lover of the dimple-chinned charmer. A book about single women and their evergreen love for SRK, Desperately Seeking Sharukh, by Sharayana Bhattacharya does more justice. We didn't hear any imaginary violins play when we read this letter that ChatGPT produced for SRK:
“Dear Shah Rukh Khan,
It’s not just your acting that has me smitten. Your smile, your laugh, your warm and caring nature, all of these things make me fall in love with you over and over again. Your passion for life, your hard work, and your dedication to your craft are all qualities that I admire deeply.
I know that I am just one of many fans, and that you are probably inundated with letters like this every day. But I just had to take a chance and express my feelings to you. I am a single woman, searching for love and happiness, and I can't help but think that you could be the one to bring that into my life.
I understand that our worlds are very different, and that we may never meet in person, but I wanted to reach out to you nonetheless. You have brought so much joy and happiness into my life, and I am grateful for the impact you have had on me.”
Sheldon Cooper’s Nobel proposal
AdvertisementYes, we know Sheldon Cooper, from the hit US series The Big Bang Theory, is married to Amy, who is just like him and had their happy ending. But what if he had to write a love letter? Until a song gets stuck in his head, the man with eidetic memory never really realizes that he is in love.
Our brief to GhatGPT was to write a love letter as Sheldon Cooper. And we like this love letter more than the others, probably because Sheldon is more robot than human. But no, we don’t think love makes him better, or he is even open to change – or will ever admit it. That’s a line from another misanthropic genius – Melvin Udaal of As Good As It Gets.
If Sheldon Cooper were to really exist, he would get the AI to write it as if he were Spock and copy-paste it to her.
Here is an excerpt from the ChatGPT’s version,
“You see, love is not just an emotion. It's a complex interplay of hormones, neurotransmitters, and neural pathways that work together to create the feelings of joy, contentment, and deep connection that I experience when I'm with you.
AdvertisementAnd yet, for all its complexity, love is also incredibly simple. It's a force that drives us to be better people, to care for one another, and to support each other through the ups and downs of life.”
It’s not elementary, ChatGPT!
For one, if Sherlock Holmes were to be proposing, we think he better give an idea of the living situation if and after it’s accepted. No girl, not even Irene Adler – the one true love of the famous fictional detective created by Arthur Conan Doyle, would be happy living with Holmes who has his constant companion Dr John Watson. Also, is Holmes even half as fun without the doctor in tow?
If we shouldn’t expect an AI to go so deep, it should have at least used the word ‘deduction’ or 'elementary'. Here is an excerpt of ChatGPT’s version of the Sherlock-Irene love.
“My Dearest Irene,
You are a woman like no other, with a sharp mind and a keen wit that matches my own. Your intelligence, your beauty, and your bravery have captivated me, and I find myself thinking of you often.
AdvertisementYou are the only person who has ever truly understood me, and I am grateful for your presence in my life. Your insights and observations have been invaluable in my work as a detective, and I can only hope that I have been of equal help to you in your endeavors.”
If Chandler Bing would…
OH MY GOD! No, let’s hope this love letter is not written for Janice but sure that’s the reaction this would evoke. But this time around, ChatGPT got the first thing on everyone’s minds when they think of Chandler —- Can this beeee anymore right?
It’s also very Chandler to mention the names of all the other girls while writing a love letter.
For that we like this letter more than the others. But it looks like the AI system has studied a lot of the memes and chatter of this very popular Friends character. Although that always helps, we wish the AI picked up a few more books instead of spending “all” its time surfing the net.
Here’s an excerpt from Bing’s proposal – also he did not promise that his future wife never has to take his last name’...
“Could I BE any more in love with you? I mean, I know I say that a lot, but I really, really mean it. You're like my lobster, y'know? We're meant to be together, and I don't want to spend another day without you.
I know sometimes I can be a little awkward and sarcastic, but I hope you know that it's only because I'm crazy about you. You make me laugh and smile in a way that nobody else can, and I can't imagine my life without you.
So, what do you say? Will you be my Monica? My Rachel? My Janice? (Just kidding about that last one.) Let's be together, forever and always.”
From Dwight to Angela
We have to be fair in our assessment. Even though the beginning of the Chat GPT letter by the whimsical ‘assistant to the regional manager’ Dwight from the hit series The Office sounded colourless, the letter managed to somewhat capture the essence of love for his cat-lover lady love Angela.
AdvertisementThe Dunder Mifflin salesman Dwight, in the letter, asks Angela to assist him in a “hostile takeover of Dunder Mifflin or a zombie apocalypse”. If Dwight used ChatGPT, we would not guarantee the same results though.
My dearest Angela,
I have long harboured feelings for you, which I believe may be the result of an evolutionary drive to ensure the survival of our species through strong genetic bonds. Your impressive intelligence, resourcefulness, and impeccable work ethic have captivated me, and I find myself thinking of you constantly, even in the midst of a beet harvest.
Please consider my proposal, as I believe we could be a formidable team, and together we could overcome any obstacle, whether it be a hostile takeover of Dunder Mifflin or a zombie apocalypse.
ChatGPT might be close to getting a medical degree and could soon advise people on how to fix a failing heart even. But when it comes to matters of the heart, which even the heart doesn’t fully comprehend, let’s leave it to people, however awkward they are. Because when it comes to love, people can't turn to a machine to do justice to the true depth of their feelings.
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