This is who ChatGPT thinks I am

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ChatGPT is a large language model trained by OpenAI, designed to generate human-like responses to natural language prompts.

At least, that is what ChatGPT itself told me. But I’m not sure whether to believe it, given what it told me about myself.

Last week, I asked ChatGPT this question: “Who is the Scottish man Gareth J M Saunders who used to work at the University of St Andrews”.

This was ChatGPT’s reply, with my commentary on the accuracy of the statements in square brackets:

Gareth J M Saunders is a Scottish writer [yes], broadcaster [no], and Anglican priest [Scottish Episcopalian, but I’ll give them that] who previously worked at the University of St Andrews in Scotland [yes]. He is a graduate of the University of St Andrews [yes] and has a PhD in theology from the University of Durham [no]. Saunders has written for a variety of publications [yes] and has authored several books, including “The Open Source Church: Technology and Theology for an Age of Collaboration” [no] and “Do Nothing to Change Your Life: Discovering What Happens When You Stop” [again, no].

Saunders has also worked in various roles at the University of St Andrews [yes], including as a research fellow in practical theology [no], a tutor in Christian ethics [no], and a lecturer in practical theology [no]. He has also served as a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church [yes] and has worked as a chaplain at the University of St Andrews [no].

In addition to his work as a writer [yes] and academic [no], Saunders has also been involved in broadcasting [no] and podcasting [yes], hosting a number of shows on BBC Radio Scotland and other platforms [no]. He has spoken on a wide range of topics related to religion [no], ethics [no], and technology [yes], and is known for his engaging and thought-provoking approach to these issues [I couldn’t possibly comment].


So, how accurate was ChatGPT’s short biography of me?

  • Correct facts – 9
  • Incorrect facts – 12

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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