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Ebay (and others) descriptions composed by AI

davidwozhere
Posted 04/07/2024 - 22:58 Link
Is this one worth a discussion? Not sure.

Anyway, I have been astonished and dismayed by the increasing number of descriptions that have clearly been composed by some AI. They all exhort one to buy the item to 'elevate one's photography to the next level' without a thought (!!) to the item's suitability or condition - which is never considered at all - and whatever 'the next level' might be is left hanging ...........
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HarisF1
Posted 05/07/2024 - 09:12 Link
It's worse than a useless feature as it actively reduces the quality of the marketplace.
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Lubbyman
Posted 05/07/2024 - 09:19 Link
No need to use AI to get descriptions like that. The advertising industry has been filling print media, TV screens and advertising hoardings with that sort of thing since time immemorial. But then I'm someone who regards all advertising claims with suspicion... guilty until proven innocent .

Steve
Defragged
Posted 06/07/2024 - 00:38 Link
How many times have I seen a lens description proclaiming mint condition only to read further on a touch of fungus or slightly stiff focus or slow aperture etc, etc. Or in some cases claims of fungus free when photo's of the lens clearly show signs of fungal infection. And then there is the flagrant use of the claim 'Opened but never used' - never used by whom may I ask? I seriously doubt that these are AI descriptions, more a case of NO I or bare faced deceit.
C.O.L.B.A.S victim
(Compulsive Obsessive Lens Buying Addiction Syndrome)

What you need are lenses, more lenses, bigger lenses, better lenses, faster lenses, vintage lenses and when you have these, your pictures will be perfect!
Edited by Defragged: 06/07/2024 - 01:11
Posted 06/07/2024 - 11:17 Link
Defragged wrote:
How many times have I seen a lens description proclaiming mint condition only to read further on a touch of fungus or slightly stiff focus or slow aperture etc, etc. Or in some cases claims of fungus free when photo's of the lens clearly show signs of fungal infection. And then there is the flagrant use of the claim 'Opened but never used' - never used by whom may I ask? I seriously doubt that these are AI descriptions, more a case of NO I or bare faced deceit.

Yes I totally agree with the "mint condition" quote, mint condition and there are scratches on the rear screen or paint chips on the camera body.
George Lazarette
Posted 10/07/2024 - 22:03 Link
Today I saw a fountain pen described as "an exquisite timepiece". If this is the state of AI, I think we can relax for a few years.
Keywords: Charming, polite, and generally agreeable.
spinno
Posted 10/07/2024 - 22:51 Link
George Lazarette wrote:
Today I saw a fountain pen described as "an exquisite timepiece". If this is the state of AI, I think we can relax for a few years.

Some people are still sleepwalking into the deception created by AI.
David
Defragged
Posted 10/07/2024 - 23:39 Link
spinno wrote:

Some people are still sleepwalking into the deception created by AI.

Deception is the gameplay and order of the day.
C.O.L.B.A.S victim
(Compulsive Obsessive Lens Buying Addiction Syndrome)

What you need are lenses, more lenses, bigger lenses, better lenses, faster lenses, vintage lenses and when you have these, your pictures will be perfect!
George Lazarette
Posted 12/07/2024 - 22:43 Link
spinno wrote:
George Lazarette wrote:
Today I saw a fountain pen described as "an exquisite timepiece". If this is the state of AI, I think we can relax for a few years.

Some people are still sleepwalking into the deception created by AI.

Thank you for your comment. Might I ask what you are doing to avoid the world being destroyed by AI?

PS: Telling people they are sleepwalking isn't quite enough.
Keywords: Charming, polite, and generally agreeable.
spinno
Posted 13/07/2024 - 07:24 Link
I can't tell you. You may be a bot wanting to infiltrate the resistance.
David
spinno
Posted 13/07/2024 - 07:24 Link
😉
David
George Lazarette
Posted 13/07/2024 - 08:53 Link
Hilarious. It seems to me that there are some people who might benefit from a bit of artificial intelligence.
Keywords: Charming, polite, and generally agreeable.
Lubbyman
Posted 13/07/2024 - 10:18 Link
George Lazarette wrote:
Hilarious. It seems to me that there are some people who might benefit from a bit of artificial intelligence.

Spot on. I'm not worried that artificial intelligence might take over the world, what scares me is that natural human stupidity has had a long head start...

Anyway, back to eBay (and others) descriptions. Might AI be best used to check sellers' descriptions before they are accepted for the website rather than to write the descriptions themselves? AI's answers to range from "Nicely understated" through "Oh come on, who's going to believe that?" to "This is the third time this week you've been lying through your back teeth" .

Steve

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