Colorado Couple Taps ChatGPT to Officiate Wedding

The bride's father claims ChatGPT initially declined to be involved due to not having eyes or a body.

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Two of mankind’s most hollow and harrowing inventions, marriage and artificial intelligence, made their inevitable collision in Colorado last month.

As outlined in a report from KCNC-TV, the recent wedding of Reece Wiench and Deyton Truitt, which took place at a historic church in the Morrison area, was indeed officiated by OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The idea, per the report, came from the bride’s father.

“At first, it told me, ‘I’m sorry. I can’t do this. I don’t have eyes. I don’t have a body,’” Stephen Wiench, Reece’s dad, told reporter Rick Sallinger.

As the groom noted, state law allows for there to not be an officiant at a wedding “so long as both partners agree.”

In a clip from the ceremony, seen above, some of ChatGPT’s generated comments are heard.

“We are honored and grateful to each and every one of you here, especially those who have traveled out of state," the voice is heard saying.

News of a ChatGPT-assisted wedding ceremony comes amid ongoing criticism of the technology across all mediums in which it could theoretically be used. Even Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, has publicly urged a cautious approach to the tech as its implementation increases.

“My worst fears are that we cause significant—we [as in] the field, the technology, the industry—cause significant harm to the world,” Altman said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in May. “I think that could happen a lot of different ways."

Also in May, hundreds of experts on the topic—including scientists, engineers, business leaders, artists, professors, and more—issued an open letter highlighting what’s been widely argued as the tech’s core issue.

“Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,” the letter, with signatories including Bill Gates and Grimes, read.

More recently, Marc Jacobs utilized ChatGPT to generate show notes for its Fall 2023 presentation as part of the show’s larger commentary on the current state of society.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, meanwhile, recently noted that the story at the heart of the beloved Terminator franchise is no longer “fantasy.” In fact, per People, the actor and former California governor said at a Los Angeles event in June that the grim circumstances depicted in James Cameron’s story have “become a reality” over the decades since the first film’s release. 

“It is here today,” he said.

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