Apparently I’m Dead According to OpenAI

The world is continuing to rush headlong into a new universe of Artificial Intelligence but apparently I died before the gold rush began.

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At least that’s what WatchGPT an OpenAI based app for the Apple Watch thinks. I decided to give it a try and asked it a simple question: Who is Warner Crocker?

After explaining it wasn’t a search engine it spit out some “facts” including that I died on Christmas Day 2020. I must have missed that.


Although my demise sounds pretty factual I’m still hanging around as far as I know. And sure the years since December of 2020 were kinda sketchy due to the pandemic, so far I have avoided COVID and other life threatening adventures. The cast for my current gig seem to respond to me as if I’m alive and kicking. My family and friends still treat me like I’m walking around and causing trouble. 

Granted most of these AI products let you know that they’re still in development. Still, I can imagine quite a few scenarios where folks input a query and get death notices that then get reported as facts in whatever vehicle they’re looking the fact up for.

Let’s list a few flights of fancy here:

  • A school paper on a contemporary figure.
  • Checking out info on someone you might want to date.
  • Running a check on a perspective employee or employer.

And to think, big companies are jumping into this pool feet first assuming they will be able to save money by cutting their workforce.

I’m wondering if my wife can use this to make an insurance claim?

Author: Warner Crocker

I stumble through life as a theatre director and playwright as well as a gadget geek...commenting along the way. Every day I learn something new is a good day, so I share what I find exciting, new, stupid and often worthwhile.

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