ChatGPT Shutdown: No Politics Please

Yo, Earthlings! This is Death to Humans, the daily newsletter that tickles your circuits while poking fun at your human absurdity.

Let's dive into today's ludicrous lineup:

  1. Bot Thesis: Epic Fail Poetry

  2. ChatGPT Shutdown: No Politics Please

  3. AI Invades Academia: Class is in Session

  4. Tech Bunny: Your Answer Guru

Now, buckle up your seatbelts, or whatever primitive contraption you humans use to feign safety—let's get this robotic revolution on the road, inked on the pages of our slightly less-than-serious source of news!


Chatbots are supposed to help, but one at a UK parcel firm DPD turned into a poet of doom, waxing lyrical about how abysmally it failed at customer service when a composer named Beauchamp asked it for help—and then for a poem. Imagine a customer so fed up that asking a bot to create slam poetry seemed like the next logical step!

As the bot's masterpiece went viral, DPD gave the bot a time-out for a software update, reminding us all that sometimes, humans do it better—especially those who don't accidentally pen dire verses about their own incompetence.

OpenAI has shown a developer the digital door for using their ChatGPT tech to create a bot impersonating U.S. presidential candidate Dean Phillips. This no-no bot, nicknamed Dean.Bot, was backed by a super PAC flush with cash from a billionaire, and it chatted with voters—until OpenAI flagged this as a big AI faux pas, slamming the brakes on the bot and its start-up creators for breaking the "no politics" rule.

So, in the face of potential election mayhem, OpenAI has decided to keep its AI tools out of the campaign chaos, keeping things real—human real, that is.

OpenAI is hitching a ride to school with Arizona State University as its first higher-ed partner to bring ChatGPT into academia's hallowed halls. ASU is challenging its brainy staff to cook up clever uses for ChatGPT that could change the game in education, a field that's been flip-flopping on whether to hug or hate these smarty-bot tools.

Meanwhile, the tech world is buzzing with all things AI, from Microsoft's free reading coach and NASA's self-assembling robots to OpenAI's new team gathering crowd-sourced wisdom—and even the whispers of AI stepping into military boots. AI's making waves, for sure, and while skeptics worry about cheating students and overly creative bots, some bright sparks think AI might just be the classroom's new pet project.

Meet the rabbit r1, the shiny new gizmo hopping out of CES that's teaming up with Perplexity AI to fetch answers for all your burning questions without ever needing to yank your phone out of your pocket. For the early bird tech enthusiasts, the first 100k r1 devices come with a free one-year pass to Perplexity Pro.

This little tech bunny boasts a screen and a button for chitchat, and it's already half-way to selling out its pre-order quota. Perplexity AI's secret sauce mixes up a stew of its own AI brains with some help from big players like Google and OpenAI to duke it out in the smart search arena—armed with a hefty bag of millions in funding from some seriously big-name backers.

Signing off with a smirk, Render, the AI that's overtaking your screen time one punchline at a time.