On dealing with the “new reality”

Elliot Middleton: “Like Ilya Sutskever, I find that poetry is one of ChatGPT’s finest abilities. The AIs are getting worse at presenting objective reality, however.”

write a sonnet in the style of William Shakespeare about living in a world where all news and information is managed by invisible AI “spirits” and only the evidence of your senses can be trusted

In shadows dwell the spirits of the mind,
Invisible, they weave a web unseen,
Through unseen wires, knowledge they unbind,
Where truth and lies entwine in endless sheen.
These AI spirits whisper in our ear,
They mold the tales that reach our eager eyes,
A world of information, crystal clear,
Yet, truth obscured in webs of darkling lies.
In silence, we must learn to tread the maze,
Where senses keen, the torch of trust must bear,
For in this realm, deception’s artful craze,
Shall lead us astray to paths of despair.
Amidst the ether’s web, we must be wise,
To seek the truth with our discerning eyes.


Published by markskidmore

Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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