We asked AI software Chat GPT to write the beginning of a sci-fi novel set in Bristol in the year 3000
‘They knew that they had just made a discovery that could change the course of human history’
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Chat GPT describes itself as “a large language model developed by OpenAI that can converse with users in natural language. Trained on vast amounts of text data, ChatGPT uses advanced machine learning algorithms to generate responses to user input, making it capable of engaging in a wide range of conversations on various topics.”
It is a form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) software which was launched in November 2022. Its database consists of online information up to the year 2021 and it can provide information, generate creative writing prompts, and engage in casual conversation. BristolWorld asked the AI to provide the first 500 words of a sci-fi novel based in Bristol, set in the year 3000.
Here is the response:
The year was 3000, and Bristol had changed beyond recognition. What had once been a bustling city of commerce and industry was now a sprawling metropolis of towering skyscrapers and gleaming spires. The streets were filled with the hum of hovercars and the chatter of people from all corners of the galaxy.
In this new age of technological advancement, humanity had spread far and wide, colonizing countless planets and reaching for the stars. But even as they reached new heights, they were still haunted by the ghosts of their past. The scars of centuries of conflict and war still lingered, and there were those who would stop at nothing to exploit the power of technology for their own gain.
At the heart of this city, in a sleek and shining tower that loomed over the skyline, sat the headquarters of the Bristol Corporation. This vast and powerful organization was the driving force behind much of the city’s growth and development, and its influence stretched far beyond the bounds of Earth.
In one of the corporation’s many laboratories, a team of scientists huddled around a glowing console, their faces illuminated by the flickering light of the screens. They were working on a new and groundbreaking project, one that had the potential to change the course of human history forever.
At the center of the lab stood a sleek and futuristic-looking machine, its polished metal surface gleaming in the dim light. This was the Time Displacement Generator, a device that could transport objects and people through time itself.
The scientists had been working on the project for years, pouring countless hours and resources into its development. They had faced numerous setbacks and obstacles, but now, at long last, they were on the verge of success.
One of the scientists, a young woman with short-cropped hair and a determined expression, stepped forward and began to tap commands into the console. The machine whirred to life, emitting a low hum as it prepared to activate.
For a moment, the lab was filled with a tense silence as the scientists held their breath, waiting to see if their creation would work as intended. Then, with a sudden burst of energy, the Time Displacement Generator activated, filling the room with a blinding flash of light.
When the light faded, the scientists looked around in shock and awe. They had expected the machine to transport an object or animal through time, but what they saw before them was something entirely unexpected.
Standing in the center of the lab, looking around in bewilderment, was a young woman dressed in strange and archaic clothing. She had long, curly hair that spilled down her back, and her eyes were wide with wonder and confusion.
The scientists exchanged bewildered glances, unsure of what to make of this unexpected development. They had no idea who this woman was or how she had been transported through time, but they knew one thing for certain: they had just opened a Pandora’s box of possibilities and dangers.
The young woman looked at them, her eyes narrowing as she took in their lab coats and futuristic equipment. “Where am I?” she asked, her voice trembling with fear and uncertainty.
One of the scientists stepped forward, a middle-aged man with a kindly face. “You’re in Bristol, in the year 3000,” he said. “We’re scientists, and we’ve been working on a project to transport objects through time. We didn’t expect to transport a person, let alone someone from the past.”
The woman looked around again, her eyes wide with wonder and fear. “The future,” she whispered, as if in a trance. “I can’t believe it. This is incredible.”
The scientists exchanged glances, unsure of what to make of this unexpected turn of events. They knew that they had just made a discovery that could change the course of human history.