AI Rewrite: Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement

And I haven’t done much else since.

I used the beginning of Steve Jobs Stanford commencement speech to test out two GPT-3 “AI rewriting tools”. I didn’t try the whole speech because I didn’t want to signup for accounts. The sites I used allowed short ‘trials’ without signing up. Here are the results:

Below is the original speech from Steve Jobs:

Thank You. I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. Truth be told I never graduated from college and this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories. The first story is about connecting the dots. I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out? It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would go to college. This was the start in my life.

This is the results from site number one. It allows up to 400 words:

I’m not sure if I can get into college. I dropped out of college after the first six months. But I stayed around as a drop in for another eighteen months or so before I finally quit. Why did I drop out? Well, it started before I was born, my biological mother was a young unwed graduate student, she decided to put me in foster care. She felt very strongly I should be adopted by a college graduate couple, so everything was all ready for me to be adopted by a lawyer and his college educated wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at last minute that they really want a girl. So my adoptive parents, who were on the waiting list, got a phone call in the middle of night asking “we have an unexpected baby boy, do you want him?” they said “of course”. My biological mother later found that my adoptive parents never graduated from college and my adoptive father never graduated from high school, she refused to sign the final adoptions papers. She only relents a few months later when her adoptive parents promise that I’ll go to college. This is the start in my life, I’m not sure if I can get into college.

This is site two. It accepted the original 264 words, but wouldn’t let me see the entire rewrite without setting up an account. I included it because the last line cracked me up.

I’m not sure if I can remember how old I was when I realized that I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I knew that I liked science fiction, comic books, and robots. But I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to study. I guess I just assumed that I’d figure it out once I got into college. Well, I went to college, and I figured out what I wanted to study, but I didn’t get a degree in it. And I haven’t done much else since.

Matthew Yohe | CC-BY-SA-3.0

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