Dear “Mr” Fielder…

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Anula Wiwatowska
Apr 29, 2024
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Mr Fielder, Nathan if I may. I come to you with a simple request. Please, for the love of god, STOP!

I’m sure this email comes as a shock, especially considering the glowing reception of The Rehearsal and The Curse, but watching your emotionless bewilderment fills me with fear. We sit here amongst conversations about AI- how it is perniciously spreading, infiltrating our media, and I’m afraid no one else can see that it is too late. You, Mr Fielder, are proof that artificial intelligence has indeed seeped into mainstream entertainment.

That's right! I’m onto you. You may have fooled the CAPTCHAs and the people along with it, but it is so clear that you are in fact a robot. Your awkward pitches, your clear misalignment with the world around you. I bet you can’t even identify traffic lights you sicko!

There is no possible way that a real person could inflict such agony on others. What is it that you want? Are you gathering data for a new large language model? WHAT IS YOUR GAME!?

Fearful though I am, I have to say that I'm somewhat impressed you’ve been able to fool so many people. So many of them actually think you’re funny. You (or should I say your programming) aren't funny. You know what is funny? Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development, Happy Endings. Stories that make you smile are funny, not ones that make you cringe.

It's strange to be writing to an AI about showing some humanity, but I implore you for the good of us all to stop this madness.

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Anula Wiwatowska
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Anula Wiwatowska
Anula is the Content and Social Media Editor within the extended universe. Working in the tech space since 2020, she covers phone and internet plans, gadgets, smart devices, and the intersection of technology and culture. Anula was a finalist for Best Feature Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards, and an eight time finalist across categories at the IT Journalism Awards. Her work contributed to WhistleOut's Best Consumer Coverage win in 2023.

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