What AI thinks about America’s 50 states

South Dakota is ‘pretty boring’ while Ohio’s ‘not as bad as Michigan’

Deborah Yao, Editor

September 16, 2022

2 Min Read

South Dakota is ‘pretty boring’ while Ohio’s ‘not as bad as Michigan’

DesignBro, an online marketplace for graphic designers, apparently had a lot of time on its hands and decided to find out what AI thinks about America.

It used OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model, which harnesses deep learning to produce content, and asked what it thought about each state. The model scoured through millions of pages of information online to come up with funny, rude and sometimes startlingly accurate answers.

You can try out GPT-3 at OpenAI. Sign up for a free account to get access to the 'playground' where you enter a text prompt (such as 'develop a tagline for a shopping website') to see the AI create content.

“Remember, whether born a Buckeye or Cornhusker, we’re all cut from the same cloth. We the people represent a freedom-obsessed, fast food-loving, capitalistic country with over-inflated self-esteem. Home of the free and land of the insensitive – this is ’MERICA and its 50 flawed states,” said the company cheekily in a blog.

Here are some examples of the "best" thing in each state — from the AI's point of view:

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About the Author(s)

Deborah Yao


Deborah Yao runs the day-to-day operations of AI Business. She is a Stanford grad who has worked at Amazon, Wharton School and Associated Press.

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