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COLUMN: Return of the robots: Chat GPT expands its band, The Wild Hearts

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Artificial intelligence bots are everywhere. A couple weeks ago, I introduced a band created by Chat GPT — an AI language model — called The Wild Hearts. What if I told you they have been interviewed on Hot Ones? 

Hot Ones is an interview-style show where host Sean Evans asks, “hot questions” with “even hotter wings” The YouTube channel has since amassed a cult following, partially due to Evans’ complete composure whilst eating ridiculously spicy wings. With 375 episodes and eight years of content to build off of, it’s an easy task for Chat GPT to create a fake interview with the nonexistent lead singer of The Wild Hearts, Jack Steele. 

I gave Chat GPT a simple task: write a Hot Ones interview with lead singer and guitarist Steele. The interview was uncanny. I felt like I’d seen this interview somewhere online, but I know it’s focusing on someone who was created by Chat GPT. 

Host: Welcome to Hot Ones, the show with hot questions and even hotter wings. I'm your host, Sean Evans, and today we have the lead singer and guitarist of the Wild Hearts, Jack Steele. So, tell us about the band — what's the story behind The Wild Hearts? 

Jack Steele: Well, we're a rock band from Brooklyn; We've been playing together for a few years now. We're all about high energy, catchy hooks and having a good time. 

Host: Sounds like a winning formula. Now, let's get started with the first wing. We're starting with the classic Sriracha sauce. How do you handle spice? 

Jack Steele: I like spicy food, but I'm not a masochist. I'll take it as it comes. 

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The mentioned sriracha sauce was only on the docket for seasons two and three. Oddly enough, Evans then goes to mention two different Carolina Reaper sauces, presumably the sixth sauces from seasons six and 12 first, then graduating to the seventh sauces from seasons 12 and 18. 

Host: Well, we're excited to see where your music takes us too. Let's move on to the next wing, which is coated in Carolina Reaper sauce. This one's gonna be hot. 

Jack Steele: Bring it on. 

Disappointingly, Chat GPT only mentioned three wings despite the usual 10 wings and corresponding questions; however, it mentioned actual sauces used on the show. 

I wanted to know more about the band’s background. Who created it? How did they form? Thankfully, late night programming has all of my answers. I asked Chat GPT to write an interview between keyboardist Emma Rose and late-night darling Jimmy Fallon. 

Jimmy Fallon: So, The Wild Hearts have been making waves in the rock scene lately. Can you tell us a bit about how the band got started? 

Emma Rose: Sure! The Wild Hearts was formed by our lead singer and guitarist, Jack Steele. He had a bunch of songs he'd been working on and was looking for a group of musicians to bring them to life. He reached out to Max Black, our drummer, and Cassie Jones, our bassist, and they started jamming together. I joined the band a bit later, after they'd already started to flesh out their sound. The rest is history, as they say. 

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Their origin story is cute yet basic. I then asked Chat GPT to create an interview between The Wild Hearts’ drummer, Max Black, and former Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Something weird happened. 

Jon Stewart: That's exciting. So, how did The Wild Hearts come together as a band? 

Max Black: Well, our lead singer, Ginger, started the band back in the early '90s. He had this vision for a band that combined punk, metal and pop music. He recruited the rest of us to help him realize that vision. 

After a quick Google search, I found something disappointing: The Wild Hearts exists. Well, The Wildhearts exist. The Wildhearts is a British metal-punk crossover band reaching its peak in the ‘90s. The band consists of CJ and Ginger Wildheart — who are not related — as well as drummer Rich Battersby and bassist Danny McCormack. They are currently touring together with their respective side projects. 

I shouldn’t be sad. At the end of the day, Chat GPT just learns what already exists on the internet; it just so happened that its fake band was named after a real-life one after all. 

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