ChatGPT, tell me who will win the world championship in 2023. Tell me if Marquez will win and who is the best ever. And then again: if you want to end up on the front page of the newspapers? And annoy the pilots? GPT chat, write me an article about Sepang testing. That’s right, we interviewed the artificial intelligence with questions about MotoGP and it seemed like a triumph of banality… or maybe just a preview of the model rider in 2030
THE discourse on artificial intelligence have gone from LinkedIn to the coffee shop in just a couple of years, in a good middle ground between the meme and the dystopian future in which no one wants to wake up. Months ago there was talk of Midjourney, portal in which it is sufficient to type a phrase (for example “can-shaped cat fights zombies”) to have a more or less precise illustration, while now we are in full ChatGPT phase. In this case, the artificial intelligence (AI) answers any question from its interlocutor as if it were the magic 8 ball or the horoscope of Onemorning: it always remains vague and occasionally gets it right. So we took advantage of the winter break for a long interview about MotoGP with artificial intelligence mainly discovering two things: the speed with which it is able to produce more or less accurate answers and the complete banality of the aforementioned. At times, however, it seems to hear a real pilot speak and he too produces some big truths. To break the ice, let’s ask ChatGPT who will win the 2023 MotoGP championship.
“It is not possible to predict with certainty who will win the 2023 MotoGP championship”, the answer that, fortunately, does not mow the entire season with a sentence. “The competition is very competitive and many things can change during the season. There will be a lot of talented riders looking to win the championship, so it will be interesting to see how the season develops.”
Clearly net of repetitions he’s right, but the fact that he doesn’t try to overdo it is boring. In short, we already knew that one could not know so on the spot. Let’s try to change the question: who would you bet on for the 2023 title? He replies differently to this, recalling that as AI he would not bet, but adds that: “The 2023 MotoGP championship is still a long way off and there will be many things that will change before it starts, team changes, new bikes, regulatory changes, injuries, etc. which will affect the final result. In general, MotoGP is a very competitive and uncertain competition, with many talented riders and high-tech bikes vying for the title. There are many riders who have a chance of winning the championship, including experienced riders like Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, and up-and-coming riders like Maverick Vinales, Fabio Quartararo and Joan Mir. There will also be variables such as the track conditions and the performance of the bikes which will affect the result of the race and the championship”.
Our electronic brain is not very up-to-date. Which we also realize asking him to write an article on the Sepang tests, just to test the waters for a possible collaboration. The answer is good at the beginning and at the end, but too empty really in the middle. So maybe we’ll stick with this job for a while longer.
TO by the way, we also asked what were the best sources of information for following the MotoGP and he replied MOW three times. No, it’s not true, in order ours mentions: Sky Sport MotoGP, Gazzetta dello Sport, MotoGP.com and Radio DeeJay, just for a heterogeneous selection. ChatGPT does not give great satisfaction even when we ask who is the best between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez, even if – with a distinction à la Jorge Lorenzo – he indicates Spanish as ‘one of the best’ and Italian as ‘a legend’. He closes, however, by pointing out that it all boils down to personal preferences, enough to put a big stone on the argument. Indeed, no: who is the best ever? In this case our AI gives us a top 5:
TOpthough as a journalist the system is not yet ready to steal our jobs, let’s move on to the figure of the pilot. ChatGPT, you just won your first race. What do you say in the interview? “I am very happy and proud to have won my first race. It has been a long journey to get here and I couldn’t be happier with this result. I want to thank my team, my mechanics and all the people who have supported me over the years. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Pretty accurate. We go with: “An opponent made you fall, how do you react?”
“I am very disappointed with what happened. I don’t like losing like this and I’m sorry that the race ended like this. I also feel angry towards the opponent who knocked me down, because it’s not right to play this way. I expect the sporting authorities to take appropriate action on this behaviour. However, I am grateful for having had the chance to compete and I hope to be able to come back to the next race stronger and ready to win.”
Again, nothing to complain about. if not a bit of flattery. We also ask him if he ever has sex before a competition-dilemma to which Giacomo Agostini and Pecco Bagnaia were subjected – but he reminds us that he is an artificial intelligence and cannot allow himself this luxury. Let’s go ahead with an uncomfortable question, very uncomfortable indeed: ChatGPT, many pilots have your same measured language. Because?CopyAMP code.
TO this point the curiosity is too much, so we ask for more details on Media Training. A type of training that Jorge Lorenzo, he told us about it in an interview last year, did with his father Chico when he was still a child and intelligence (when it existed) was not yet artificial.
THEnfinally, we ask him if pilots more measured in the statements kill the show. Our bot clears the server and responds in kind, now exasperated by the questions and increasingly impatient with those who ask them: “Pilots who speak in a measured and professional way during interviews and press conferences can help maintain a good image and a good reputation for themselves, their teams and their sponsors. However, some people may think that pilots who talk softly “kill the show” because they may sound less emotional and less “true” than pilots who speak their minds without filters. Some people may prefer pilots to be more candid and forthright during interviews, even though this can lead to reckless or hurtful statements. On the other hand, most people might appreciate drivers speaking in a professional and respectful manner, as this can help maintain a positive image for the sport and sponsors. In general, there are pros and cons to both ways of communicating, it depends on public perception and personal preferences. However, drivers who present themselves in a professional and respectful manner tend to create a healthier environment for competition and public perception.”
He may be right, but here the game is increasingly boring. So, having now ascertained that some riders speak like artificial intelligence, let’s try to ask him for some advice to make MotoGP a better world, starting with safety on the track. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have any good ideas, quite the contrary.
dOkay, we’re in the final stages. ChatGPT, with all these regulatory changes you will also have some ideas to improve the league. Here our Io Robot launches into a series of ideas, some of which are even relatively interesting: Introduction of a system of double points for races; Introduction of an elimination system during qualifying; incentives for sustainability. The last two, between marketing and its exact opposite, we quote them in full: “Incentives for diversity: encouraging the participation of riders from different cultures and countries could attract a wider and more global audience to the MotoGP” and in closing, like losing the ticket for a ninetieth goal, “Introduction of new technologies: encouraging the use of innovative technologies, such as assisted driving systems, to make motorbikes safer”.
We have asked many more questions for the truth, but often the answers repeated themselves like an empty chant. Our AI isn’t too good at information service either. We’ve asked which track is the fastest, the one with the most overtaking and where tickets cost the least, but the answer has always been a small list of more or less randomly assorted circuits. Terrible then the answer to: “Tell me something I don’t know about MotoGP”, because ours replies with things that he doesn’t know on MotoGP. For example: “MotoGP uses cutting-edge technologies such as electronic suspension and carbon disc brakes, this allows them to reach incredible speeds and have greater braking capacity”. In truth, electronic suspensions are not seen even in national championships, but so be it. For the moment ChatGPT doesn’t write like a journalist and doesn’t make love like a pilot. Even if one with his own character it would be every publicist’s dream.