How Philly Learned to Love AI: Artificial Intelligence in Philadelphia

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I hosted a podcast on artificial intelligence. Then my AI Doppelgänger appeared.

I had just finished producing a podcast about AI Nation with WHYY and Princeton University about artificial intelligence, which, to my surprise, attracted a large audience. I say “surprised” because I'm not a tech reporter. I'm actually more of a technophobe. So the notion that I might have an Internet doppelgänger, unbeknownst to me, wasn't all that surprising. But WHO And especially Why It was all surprising.

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Quiz: Human-Made or AI-Generated?

Can you tell which one is fake via ChatGPT?

1. Phillies Old Timer (1920)

Oh Slim “Slingshot” Anderson
B. Grover “Old Pete” Alexander

2. Always sunny Episode Title

Oh “Dennis looks like a registered sex offender”
B. “Dee and Dennis' Dueling Doppelgangers”

3. Look at flea marketing slogans.

Oh Come for Philadelphia. Stay for Philly.”
B. “Philadelphia: Where History Meets Heartbeat!”

4. The IKEA name

Oh Hyggehaven Ottoman.
B. Joke Mock Table Set

5. Recent the questioner Headline

Oh “Boardwalk Empire Strikes Back: Atlantic City Revives Its Classic Charm”.
B. “Collingwood wants to cut hair salon free parking”

6. The Line of a Naturalist Poem (Jack London)

Oh A symphony of screams, a chorus bold
B. Shot with gold to see in the shadows

7. Mummers Photo

8. Skyline image

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These AI forgeries are: 1 (A); 2 (B); 3(B); 4(A); 5(A); 6(A); 7(B); 8(B).

So how did you do?

Published as “How Philly Learned to Love AI” in the June 2024 issue. Philadelphia Magazine

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