The recent deluge of news about artificial intelligence (AI) in writing can be terrifying, exciting, or a combination of both. Visions of “skynet” dance in some heads, while others have used places like ChatGPT to help with their book’s ad copy and the like.
Today, I thought it would be fun to let the feline version of General-Purpose Technology (GPT) have its time in the sun … or in the fun.
Yes. There is a cat (not chat) version of AI on the Internet. Ask it any question or give it a prompt, and your computer will answer as if it were a cat. (URL is https://www.catgpt.dog.)
I put it through its paces with the following:
How do you get your human to feed you on time?
Purr. Well, as a wise and sophisticated feline, I have trained my purrson to feed me on time by communicating my hunger through meows, purrs, and gentle nudges. I have even developed the skill of staring intently at my purrson until they give in to my demands. It’s a purrfect training technique that has been working wonders for me!
Write a short story about a cat and mouse traveling to Mars.
Meow. Once upon a time, there was a cat named Purr who had the sassiest purr-sonality of any feline in her neighborhood. Purr loved nothing more than a good adventure, so when a bold little mouse named Squeak suggested they travel to Mars together, Purr couldn’t resist. “I don’t know, Squeak,” she meowed skeptically. “Mars is a pretty long journey. And what if we run into aliens?” Squeak just grinned mischievously. “That’s exactly why we should go! Think of all the stories we’ll have to tell when we get back!” Purr couldn’t argue with that. So they packed their bags and set off into the great unknown.
Okay. Anyone who thinks your computer will replace you as a novelist, think again.
Then, for those of you who remember the silliness over the Twilight saga, I asked:
Team Edward or Team Jacob?
Prrrr. … Meow, the pawsibility of choosing between Team Edward or Team Jacob is quite puzzling. Purrrhaps it’s better to be a cat and just watch the humans argue over it.
Give it a try! You have nothing to lose except the precious time you have on this earth. Spending your time with Fun Fridays is guaranteed to grant you nine lives.