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City Council In Brazil Uses ChatGPT To Write An Ordinance That Was Enforced On 1.3 Million People

by Jacob M. Thompson


A city council in the southern city of Porto Alegre, Brazil, has enacted an ordinance that was written by ChatGPT, and passed in October, but was revealed to have been created by artificial intelligence until recently.

City councilman Ramiro Rosário revealed their use of AI in a statement to The Associated Press, which reported: ‘that he asked OpenAI’s chatbot ChatGPT to craft a proposal to prevent the city from charging taxpayers to replace water consumption meters if they are stolen. He then presented it to his 35 peers on the council without making a single change or even letting them know about its unprecedented origin.’

If I had revealed it before, the proposal certainly wouldn’t even have been taken to a vote.

It would be unfair to the population to run the risk of the project not being approved simply because it was written by artificial intelligence.

Rosário told the AP over the phone on Thursday. The 36-member council approved it unanimously and the ordinance went into effect on November 23rd.

Rosário claims that his silence on using AI up to this point was intentional, as he also wanted to spark a debate over AI’s applications. ‘He entered a 49-word prompt into ChatGPT and it returned the full draft proposal within seconds, including justifications, the AP said…

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