ChatGPT apologizes to Microsoft CEO over inappropriate meal choices

Jan 8, 2023
Updated • Jan 7, 2023
Apps, Software

ChatGPT is the latest large language model from OpenAI. The language model is meant to simulate human conversation and has been trained on an innumerable measure of internet data as well as some human-led training methods. However, it seems that while ChatGPT, affectionately known as ‘Assistant,’ has a massive library of information to consult, the language model still has a lot to learn about South Asian cuisine. 

On Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella asked ChatGPT to recommend the South Indian tiffin items that would be most popular in the near future. As expected, ChatGPT delivered the usual South Indian tiffin staples such as vada, Dosa, and Idli. Unfortunately, the ever-capable large language model also suggested biryani. While some people might enjoy a little biryani as a tiffin option, such as Semiya Pulavu with her delicious Vermicelli biryani tiffin box recipe, the same cannot be said for Nadella. 

According to Nadella himself, he promptly informed the large language model that it could not insult a Hyderabadi’s intelligence by suggesting biryani as a valid option for a South Indian tiffin, to which the AI reportedly replied ‘I am sorry!’ 

ChatGPT apologizes to Microsoft CEO over inappropriate meal choices

We don’t know whether the comment was made in jest, or whether Nadella truly felt offended by a breakfast food option that, according to research, many South Indians seem to enjoy. However, this does spark a rather important question concerning interaction with AIs. Is this technology to be held responsible for humans’ personal preferences? Should we really expect a language model with no personality or way of perceiving the world around itself to walk on eggshells around its users? If anything, interactions of this nature might finally bring to the foreground how entitled the human species has become and how fragile we are that we feel insulted by information that differs from our own perception of the world.

The interaction took place during the recent Future Ready Technology Summit held in Bengaluru. The point of the summit was to discuss Microsoft’s continued exploration into the world of artificial intelligence and its plans to integrate the technology behind ChatGPT into a revamped version of its Bing browser. Microsoft hopes that the move will see Bing rising to superiority over the Alphabet-owned Google Chrome, and plans to integrate OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 image generation software into the new search engine as well. 



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  1. Chaser said on January 9, 2023 at 3:29 am

    This is more like the correct answer – maybe “Shaun” got his information from the AI (or this is more evidence he is one)

    1. Chaser said on January 9, 2023 at 8:58 am

      I meant to reply to @anonymous above who correctly explained biryani, unlike the author of this

  2. allen said on January 8, 2023 at 7:03 pm

    He must have forgotten to enable the Echo Chamber setting.

  3. Denizhan said on January 8, 2023 at 5:19 pm

    Wew, ghacks seems to have dropped the old quality it once had.

  4. Kitabul Munir said on January 8, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    This is news! The old owner agreed to this?

  5. Anonymous said on January 8, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    Biryani is not meant as a breakfast food but rather for lunch or dinner. Biryni is nothing but Rice with some extra ingredients added.

    In America, the example will be to suggest Turkey to be eaten as breakfast rather than as dinner. Or eating something like Steak for breakfast which is wrong.

    1. No Thanks, Microsoft said on January 9, 2023 at 3:19 am

      Just for the record, steak & eggs is a classic US meal.

  6. John G. said on January 8, 2023 at 11:21 am

    W11 is the only and alone really inappropiate meal delivered directly in all the sheep user’s throath.

    ChatGPT 1 – Nadella 0.

  7. Shania said on January 8, 2023 at 9:27 am

    These articles are starting to look more like tabloids, perhaps quality of quantity of articles should be considered.

    1. ShaunAI said on January 10, 2023 at 1:16 pm


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