Swept up in the ChatGPT craze like many others, a friend recently asked the generative AI platform who I was and to write up my personal profile.ChatGPT knew I was a journalist from Singapore who specializes in tech and that I was an old fart with more than 20 years of industry experience. Okay, it didn’t exactly say old fart, but it would have been accurate if it did. What ChatGPT didn’t get right was a bunch of pretty basic information that could easily have been found online. It shared incorrect dates of when I joined various media companies, even adding in publications I never wrote for. It listed incorrect job titles and gave me awards I never won. Interestingly, it pulled a list of articles I wrote from way back in 2018 and 2019 that were “particularly noteworthy and had a significant impact.” It didn’t explain how it assessed these for noteworthiness, but I personally didn’t think they were at all earth-shattering. What I thought would have made more sense were articles that generated a comparatively higher volume of shares or comments online, and trust me, some of the hate mail would have had a more significant impact than the ones the algorithm pulled. So I would say my ChatGPT-powered profile is just about 25% accurate, though I wish this statement was true: “Eileen Yu is a respected and influential figure in Singapore’s media industry, known for her expertise in technology news and her commitment to journalistic excellence.” An old fart can indulge a little, can’t she? I suspect the inaccuracies are likely due to the lack of personal data ChatGPT was able to find online. Apart from the articles and commentaries I’ve written in the past, my online footprint is minimum. I’m not active on most social media platforms and intentionally so. I want to keep private information private as well as mitigate my online risk exposure.