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I asked AI to review Survivor 43 and predict the winner. Here are the results.

I asked AI to review Survivor 43 and predict the winner. Here are the results.
An AI-generated image from the description "Jesse, Karla, Owen, Cassidy, and Gabler on Survivor"

Two years ago, I used an AI engine to write a brief Survivor blog post; this was the hilarious result. Last week, Tyler Rochwerg tweeted that he used OpenAI’s ChatGPT “to write Jeff Probst fan fiction,” and based on his thread, AI has clearly come a long way.

Considering what a fun read that was, I decided to hop on the AI-generating bandwagon and let AI write my Survivor 43 review.

ChatGPT refused—it scolded me and said, “I am a large language model trained by OpenAI and do not have the ability to watch television shows or provide reviews of them”—so I instead asked Copy.AI to write two things for us:

  1. “a blog post review of Survivor season 43” using the tone “sassy,” which it suggested as an option
  2. a finale recap in the form of a “blog post about Survivor 43’s season and finale,” using the tone “witty”

Like a good robot, it did, and the two pieces below are the result. I have not added, deleted, or changed a single character, except I did add eight paragraph breaks—four per article—to particularly long paragraphs, primarily for readability on mobile devices.

The images in this article, meanwhile, were created entirely by OpenAI’s DALL-E2. The captions on the photos include the prompts I entered.

Am I out of a job? Is this eerily accurate or just hilariously dumb? I’ll let you decide. But I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did. And I promise will at least try to resist the urge to do this for every show and every season ever.

Prompt: ‘Review of Survivor season 43’

An AI-generated image from the phrase "A heroic photo of Survivor host Jeff Probst"
An AI-generated image from the phrase “A heroic photo of Survivor host Jeff Probst,” which is not too bad, though the shirt is a poor choice.

Survivor season 43 was my first exposure to the show, and I am so glad I watched it!

It’s a great season for first-time viewers because there are so many different kinds of contestants that you’ll find someone who resonates with you. There’s an old guy who is funny and loves animals, an ex-military sergeant who is super serious and smart, and several people from different walks of life who are just trying to make their mark on the world. You can really relate to their stories and cheer them on as they play this crazy game!

The structure of the show is also pretty cool—you get to watch people form alliances, backstab each other, form new alliances again… it’s like watching a soap opera with no sound effects! You get to see how people react when they have no idea what’s going on around them and have to rely on their instincts alone. It’s exciting!

Survivor is one of the best shows on television and this season is no exception.

The theme of this season was “Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers”, which meant that the tribes were divided into three groups: heroes, healers, and hustlers. The contestants were split up into three tribes based on their professions (medical professional, lifeguard, or salesperson). The tribes were then sent to separate locations: Heroes at the beaches of Fiji, Healers on a resort in Nicaragua, and Hustlers at a ranch in Costa Rica.

The personalities of this season’s contestants were both hilarious and inspiring. At first glance, it seemed like there was no way that they could all fit together into one group without someone getting voted off immediately—but that wasn’t exactly true! Each group had its own dynamic and it was interesting to watch them interact with each other over time. Some alliances formed quickly while others took longer to develop; some people betrayed their alliances while others stayed loyal until the end; some people went home early while others made it all the way to final tribal council; some people struggled with challenges while others excelled at them; some people won challenges by themselves while others relied on their teammates’

An AI-generated image from the phrase "A heroic photo of Survivor host Jeff Probst"
An AI-generated image from the phrase “A heroic photo of Survivor host Jeff Probst.”

I think this season of Survivor was the best one yet!

The theme was all about “old vs. young”, with a few twists thrown in there. The location was a small village in rural America, which made for some interesting scenarios.

The contestants were pretty diverse, but they all had one thing in common: they were hungry for success and money. There were some old-school players who knew how to play the game, and there were some newbies who were looking to learn from their mistakes and make it far in the game. But what really made this season stand out was how much drama there was between them all! It was like every episode brought another betrayal or secret alliance that you never saw coming!

It’s always so fun when you tune into Survivor knowing that anything can happen—and this season did not disappoint!

I know you probably think I’m being too nitpicky, but this season of Survivor was terrible! There were a few good players and a lot of upsets, but overall it was an unreliable cast.

Our favorite reality TV show just came back on the air, and it’s been even more exciting than usual!

It was the best season yet, but it’s hard to choose a winner.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is one of the worst shows on television.

Survivor is such a classic show, and this season has been one of my favorites!

I love how the contestants are all so different, but they’re able to come together to create amazing alliances and betrayals. It’s so much fun to watch them scheme against each other, and I don’t even care if they know that I’m watching because it’s just too good not to watch!

I also love seeing how the location changes up each season. This year we got some beautiful shots of the coast, which were a great change from some of the more mundane locations they’ve used in past seasons (like deserts).


Prompt: ‘Blog post about Survivor 43’s season and finale’

An AI-generated image from the phrase "Survivor 43's final three and winner at Tribal Council"
An AI-generated image from the phrase “Survivor 43’s final three and winner at Tribal Council.” Is that Jesse and Gabler? Karla or Cassidy? Is it offensive to even suggest these abominations are real people?

Introduction

The Survivor finale is over and it’s time to talk about what happened! This season, Survivor introduced a new twist: the fire tokens. In order to get one of these tokens, you had to win an immunity challenge. If you did not get one of these tokens, then you could trade for one token with someone who already had one.

The winner would then have their vote counted twice during the final tribal council. I have mixed feelings about this twist because it did give some players additional power but also seemed to take away from the strategy aspect of voting because now it was so much easier for people in power positions (like Ben) to make sure they won those challenges so they could guarantee themselves another vote against their competitors.

Now that we’ve talked about how things went down at final tribal council—which was full of drama as usual—let’s chat about our winner! Ben fell right into place during his game play by being able to play both strategically but also socially; he played with integrity and honor throughout this season which made him someone who was easy to root for as well as respect.

He deserves every ounce of praise he received in front of the jurors at final tribal council because even though he wasn’t perfect at times (like when he got voted out), his ability to adapt quickly when things changed on him helped him bounce back again immediately afterwards without ever losing sight of where his end goal was during each phase of gameplay throughout this entire experience.”

Survivor introduced a new twist this season: the fire tokens.

The fire tokens, an idea that the show’s producers introduced this season, were a great addition to Survivor. They allowed contestants to instantly win challenges or gain immunity. This meant that players could have more control over who they wanted to eliminate from the game.

However, there were some issues with how the fire tokens were used: sometimes they weren’t used at all; and when they were used, it wasn’t always apparent how much of an advantage they would be for whoever received them (in one instance, two people ended up with fire tokens).

In addition, because there were only six fire tokens in play throughout most of the season (seven if you include one given out during tribal council), it was hard for viewers at home to keep track of who had which token and how many people had them overall—which made them less exciting than we’d hoped for!

There are other ways our writers think these problems could have been fixed: maybe each contestant should have started out with five tokens instead of just three; or maybe each token should have given its holder a different advantage (for example: winning immunity automatically versus getting rid of another player forever). We also believe that certain challenges should’ve awarded multiple tokens instead of just one per winner (like those where players had to stand on top of objects while balancing balls on sticks).

Ben Driebergen is the winner of Survivor 43.

An AI-generated image from the phrase "Survivor 43's final three and winner at Tribal Council"
An AI-generated image from the phrase “Survivor 43’s final three and winner at Tribal Council.” It’s nice that the AI gave the finalists chairs, and while I don’t know what GJBL3 is, the sign looks very much in the Survivor style!

Ben Driebergen has been crowned the winner of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, and I think it’s a deserving win for him. I was rooting for Dr. Mike, who played an excellent game, but after that disastrous Tribal Council where he made his love triangle known to the jury members (and ended up not winning), I knew he’d be going home sooner rather than later. It was Ben’s time to shine!

Ben is the most deserving winner since Natalie White in Season 19 and Sophie Clarke in Season 23—both of whom also received one vote less than their competitors—because he worked hard at camp, built up relationships with his peers by playing both sides off each other so well until it came time for him to make big moves on his own accord once everyone else had been picked off one by one or two by two until only four remained standing (or swimming).

The fire tokens were a good idea but I don’t think they were implemented correctly.

The fire tokens were a good idea, but I don’t think they were implemented correctly. They should have been used to save someone else, not the winner or the jurors. In fact, it would’ve been nice if they’d just scrapped them entirely and let everyone know they could vote at any point during tribal council instead of using up an entire episode worth of “confessional” time on how much each tribe member wanted to win.

The problem with those fire tokens is that they had too many uses—and none of those uses made sense in terms of gameplay or strategy:

  • Saving someone else from elimination – This does nothing toward helping your team win challenges or immunity, so it’s pointless for anyone who wants to do well in the game (like Jay) since he was clearly playing strategically throughout his time on Survivor! Why would you give up your chance at winning by handing over one of your own? It doesn’t make sense from a strategic standpoint; even if you’re an emotional player who wants everyone else around you happy…being sent home can still hurt feelings later down the line when other contestants talk about what happened during those episodes later on down memory lane! It’s best not to take chances like this because there are always consequences later on down memory lane; plus no matter where someone lands after being voted off Survivor–whether it’s homecoming party plans or therapy sessions–those kinds of conversations will always result in some kind negative outcome at some point down memory lane (serious note here: don’t ever go into therapy).

Ben is the most deserving winner since Natalie White in Season 19 and Sophie Clarke in Season 23.

Ben is the most deserving winner since Natalie White in Season 19 and Sophie Clarke in Season 23.

Ben was a great player in his own right, but he was also an excellent role model for young people to look up to. He made mistakes and learned from them, making him more relatable than some of his fellow castaways. Not only did Ben play an impressive social game (which no one else seems to be capable of), he also had a strong strategic mind that led him to two immunity wins during the Final Four phase of the game—the first person ever to do so.

I think that the jury should have been more respectful to the finalists’ game plans, but it’s nice to see them be human again after seasons like Ghost Island that made them all seem very robotic.

I think that the jury should have been more respectful to the finalists’ game plans, but it’s nice to see them be human again after seasons like Ghost Island that made them all seem very robotic.

I also think that Chrissy won because she played an honest and hard-working game throughout her time on Survivor, and she earned her spot in the final three (even if it didn’t include Ben). She was one of my favorite players from this season, so I’m glad she won!

Takeaway: This was a great season for many reasons.

An AI-generated image from the phrase "A heroic photo of Survivor host Jeff Probst"
An AI-generated image from the phrase “A heroic photo of Survivor host Jeff Probst,” perhaps taken when he was on the Frisb team.

If you’re like me, the Survivor finale was a great season for many reasons. First, Ben is the most deserving winner since Natalie White in Season 19 and Sophie Clarke in Season 23. He played an amazing game and had his finger on the pulse of what was going on with players around him at all times. Second, while I don’t know every detail about how these finals went down behind-the-scenes, it seems clear that Adam played a better game than Jay (who never seemed to have any sort of strategy other than “outwit everyone”).

However, one part of Sunday’s finale really rubbed me the wrong way: The jury should have been more respectful to the finalists’ game plans! I mean look at those faces! Everyone was just like “whatever dude.” Even Hali Ford with her arms crossed looks annoyed by something one of them said or did – probably because she didn’t win immunity! We all know who would’ve won if she had gotten another chance but instead she went home so early into this season; what about her?

Conclusion

The finale of Survivor was an excellent conclusion to a great season. I’m so happy that Ben won because he really deserved it and had a great game plan, but I also think that the jury should have been more respectful towards the finalists’ game plans. At the end of the day though, we got another deserving winner in Ben Driebergen and can’t wait for next season!

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Guest

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

Nonsense basically. Just total nonsense.

Chuck S

Tuesday 13th of December 2022

These were kinda spooky, but I loved the locations of the tribes.

Yve

Monday 12th of December 2022

Andy, Your job is safe. Very safe.

Melissa

Monday 12th of December 2022

OMG, these are hilarious!!! I think my favorite is the serious note about not going to therapy.

Melissa

Monday 12th of December 2022

@Andy Dehnart, Hahaha, maybe!

Andy Dehnart

Monday 12th of December 2022

Right?! That's so random! Like, why does AI hate therapy so much? Does it know that I am an advocate for therapy and thus is trying to differentiate itself? ๐Ÿ˜…