South Park’s latest episode was co-written by ChatGPT: ‘Deep Learning’ ends with a script generated by OpenAI’s chatbot
The fourth episode of season 26 shows several boys of Stan’s class using the chatbot to write essays and send text messages to girls – and the ending credits show it was ‘written by Trey Parker and ChatGPT’.
The AI generated a speech presented by Stan, which is noticeable due to its robotic sound, in which the boy argues why people should not be blamed for using ChatGPT.
‘It’s the giant tech companies who took Open AI, packaged it, monetized it, and pushed it out to all of us as fast as they could in order to get ahead,’ the character said.
And several text messages Stan sent to his girlfriend was also generated by ChatGPT.
‘Deep Learning’ begins with the students at South Park Elementary discovering they can use ChatGPT to do their homework and school assignments for them.
Stan notices Clyde is recently hitting it off with the ladies and asks him how he ‘is so good at knowing what to text Bebe [Clyde’s girlfriend,’ with hopes he can reconciling with Wendy.
‘ChatGPT, dude,’ said Clyde. ‘there’s a bunch of apps and programs you can subscribe to that use OpenAI to do all your writing for you.
‘People use them to write poems, write job applications, but what they’re really good for is dealing with chicks.’
Stan is hesistant at first, but ultiamtely uses ChatGPT to text Wendy, who then swoons over the messages.
The episode also highlights how the students are passing all their assignments with the help of ChatGPT.
Much of the episode was written by Parker, but the last few minutes is believed to be the work of the chatbot when Wendy discovers the messages from Stan were generated by AI.
Stan asks ChatGPT to ‘write a story that takes place in South Park where a boy named Stan has to convince his girlfriend that its ok he lied about using AI to text her.
‘Everything turns out ok because he tells everyone that it isn’t his fault and in the end everyone agrees with him and his girlfriend totally forgave him.’
Stan sent the query to ChatGPT, which begins ‘thinking’ and in seconds, replies with a whimsical tale.
‘Once upon a time, there was a boy named Stan who lived in South Park. Stan loved his girlfriend very much, but lately he hadn’t been truthful with her. One day, when Stan got to school, he was approached by his best friend,’ the response read.
Stan then finds out Wendy was found using ChatGPT by teachers who were in an uproar over the ‘cheating.’
‘Look, everyone, we can’t blame people who are using ChatGPT. It’s not their fault,’ he said wailing his arms.
‘Well, whose fault is it?’ Mr Garrison replied.
‘I’ll tell you who. It’s the giant tech companies who took open AI, packaged it, monetized it, and pushed it out to all of us as fast as they could in order to get ahead.
‘OpenAI is so powerful that it has to be something that everyone can use, control, and contribute to.
‘Or else AI will be controlled by corporations who just want an unfair advantage like Cartman does.’
Parker and Stone have previously expressed interest in AI, as the duo secured a $20 million investment in their AI studio Deep Voodoo in December 2022.
But it does highlight the progress of artificial intelligence, but also sparks fear that the chatbot is poised to take over numerous jobs.