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Humanist Archives: Feb. 5, 2023, 6:42 a.m. Humanist 36.377 - ChatGPT as co-author, with reference to David Bowie

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        Date: 2023-02-04 18:58:17+00:00
        From: James Rovira <>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 36.375: ChatGPT as author

Thanks very much for the link, Tim -- I'd done a bit of reading in Bowie
for David Bowie and Romanticism 
( and even wrote about his
cut-up methods there, but it had been a couple of years since I'd done this
reading, so I didn't recall all of the details. It was an app developed by
a Mac app developer presumably for use on an Apple computer. I remember it
was fed a corpus somehow. But yes, those questions below are of interest to
me as well. I haven't found any of those details myself either -- just the
usual stuff in a number of interviews at the time and some years later. He
may have given the name of the developer in other interviews. That would be
the place to start, or with the Bowie estate.

The important point to me re: this thread on ChatGPT "co-authorship" is
that Bowie was using an app to generate random strings of texts *written by
other persons* and still didn't feel the need to list co-authors. He just
disclosed his process. I think that is where the ChatGPT "co-authorship"
discussion needs to go. Anyone using it in published work should disclose
that use as part of their methodology.

Jim R

On Sat, Feb 4, 2023 at 2:01 AM Humanist <> wrote:

> But, I've not found details of this program: what it was
> written in; how it did the random cutting; how the texts where
> input -- by typing them in, I suppose?  ...  If anybody has
> anything on this it'd be fund to know more.

Dr. James Rovira <>

   - *David Bowie and Romanticism
   Palgrave Macmillan, August 2022
   - iTunes playlist
   for *David Bowie and Romanticism*
   - *Women in Rock, Women in Romanticism
   Routledge, October 2022
   - *Writing for College and Beyond
   (Lulu Press, May 2019, a first year writing textbook)

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