Attempt #10: The Writers’ Room
We spent 30 minutes in a writers’ room for this week’s contest, consisting of Bob Mankoff, former cartoon editor of The New Yorker, Lawrence Wood, multiple winner of the contest, and GPT-3.Back to Project
Our submission: “If I didn’t know better, I’d think you were hiding something.”
Check out all three generated captions.
“I told you I had a magnetic personality.”
48% of readers thought it was funny.
“They’re looking for the third remote”
39% of readers thought it was funny.
“This is a pathetic attempt at a beach vacation”
25% of readers thought it was funny.
“If I didn’t know better, I’d think you were hiding something.”
50% of readers thought it was funny.
“I don't think we should use our silverware tonight.”
17% of readers thought it was funny.
“Don't tell them about the couch.”
14% of readers thought it was funny.
About this approach
Similar to the last attempt (The Expert), we involved two people in the GPT-3 caption generation process. In this instance, we used the zero-shot approach to start the conversation, and the group would subsequently riff off of the results.
The group consisted of:
Lawrence Wood - seven-time winner of the Caption Contest
Bob Mankoff - former cartoon editor of the New Yorker
Matt Daniels - journalist at The Pudding
Lawrence also personally submitted his favorite caption from the session, “You know you can just buy a ring.”
Here is a 30-minute video of the process, showing the group working with GPT-3 to generate captions or prompt caption ideas.