Some AI fails and successes

AI fails and successes
AI fails and successes
AI fails and successes. Produce a grid of images containing all of the following characters “A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9” written on t-shirts being worn by haggis. There should be 36 haggis in total. The haggis should be running clockwise around a Scottish mountain on a warm sunny day.
A grid of 36 animated haggis running clockwise around a picturesque Scottish mountain on a warm, sunny day. Each haggis, anthropomorphized and comically possessing limbs, is wearing a different t-shirt. The t-shirts, uniquely colored, have white letters and numbers on them. There should be t-shirts for each letter of the Latin alphabet from ‘A’ through ‘Z’ and for each digit from ‘0’ through ‘9’. The image shows variety in expression, motion, and interaction among the haggis, capturing both the humor and charm of such a whimsical scenario. Generated by oik-ai using DALL-E-3
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AI fails

  • AI can’t count.
  • AI can’t spell.
  • AI can’t follow clear instructions.
  • AI can’t write perfect code.

AI can’t count

Well, not past 50. Here are two answers to the same prompt.

Count all the characters in this text including blank spaces and punctuation.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

There are 75 characters in your text including blank spaces and punctuation.

There are 68 characters in the given text.

The correct answer is 71; 26 letters + 10 digits = 36, plus 35 spaces between them.

AI can’t spell

Well, you’ve seen it in images it’s generated, but not so much in text it’s generated.

I noticed it misspell the word Chalkboard when I was attempting to get it to Convert HTML select to list block and sort.

It was during the sorting process in my first attempt, a two step approach. The word came out as Calkboard.

AI can’t follow clear instructions

The example below shows AI being either unable to spell or unable to count. It certainly didn’t produce the results I was looking for.

This was a ChatGPT 3.5 conversation.

List 5 letter words which only use 2 different letters

Sure, here are five 5-letter words that only use 2 different letters:

  1. llama
  2. snail
  3. radar
  4. llama
  5. attic

try again

Certainly! Here are five 5-letter words that only use 2 different letters:

  1. apple
  2. grime
  3. llama
  4. razor
  5. motor

that’s rubbish. grime has 5 different letters. mamma has 2

You’re right, and I appreciate the correction. I apologize for the oversight. Here are five 5-letter words that only use 2 different letters:

  1. mango
  2. radar
  3. llama
  4. alley
  5. bongo

I didnt ask it why it was obsessed with llama’s. There were two in its first answer.

AI can’t write perfect code

When I asked AI to generate a WordPress plugin to

Intercept the pre_get_posts filter to extend the display of the category taxonomy for CPT oik-plugins

it misinterpreted my request and produced code to change the number of posts per page when viewing the category taxonomy for post type oik-plugins.

if ( ! is_admin() && $query->is_main_query() && $query->is_category() ) {
        if( $query->get('post_type') === 'oik-plugins' ) {
            // The conditions to modify the query goes here, for example:
            $query->set( 'posts_per_page', 10 ); // Display 10 posts per page.

This is probably the most common reason for using the pre_get_posts action hook.

What I wanted was to set the post_type to an array of post types that are associated with the category taxonomy, which in this site, includes the CPT called oik-plugins.

Afterthought: Maybe this should be listed as one of the successes.

AI successes

But sometimes it can, nearly do, amazing things.

  • AI can translate into English “To a haggis”, by Robert Burns.
  • AI can unjumble confuscated text. See Obfuscated text reverser
  • AI can do some of the things that Jamie Marsland enthuses about. See AI: The next chapter
  • AI can part me from my money. See How much is it going to cost?
  • AI helped me to realise that I haven’t got a clue about SEO Focus keyphrases.
  • AI Power’s chatbot, when trained with Embedding, can provide an interesting alternative to Search.

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AI Thinking ...


The excerpt discusses various common failures of AI, such as inability to count or spell accurately, failure to follow clear instructions, and imperfect coding. Conversely, it also touches upon successes in tasks such as translations and unjumbling text. It ends with a prudent realization about SEO Focus keyphrases.

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