👋 I am disabling input while I build a new version that does not rely on Twitter's $100 / mo API.


The GPT Times takes tweets as inputs and uses GPT-3 to generate an article and a prompt for a thumbnail, which is sent to Stable Diffusion to generate an image. The response is then compiled and posted here.

A tweet by Balaji inspired me to create a prototype of this site on Replit, which earned me a bounty and sparked some additional conversation on Twitter, and has now evolved into this site.

In less than two weeks 7,281 articles have been generated on the prototype at a cost of about $0.012 per article.

I think the project prompts interesting questions about the state and future of journalism and the role of AI in it. Some outputs are surprisingly good. Some are terrible. Many are just ok, and not that distinguishable from the shallow word salad that often circulates as journalism, but produced at a fraction of the cost.

I also think it is simply fun to play with. If one is to read a relatively shallow article, why not have it be in the style of a pirate, poem, or soliloquy? The GPT Times is very hit or miss, and obviously not a reliable news source, but I think that is part of the fun.

I'm grateful to Balaji, Amjad and the team at Replit, and the people who have commented on my prototype for their feedback and support.

I'm not sure what's next for the project. I am funding it with a portion of Balaji's generous bounty for now, but at some point will need to consider covering the costs of the API calls.

If you have any feedback, please reach out to me on Twitter @0xfdah.

Last updated: 2022-12-21