Earlier today, I was playing around with OpenAI's new ChatGPT model. I have thus far asked ChatGPT what coffee is, how to boil a kettle, what microformats are, and what the IndieWeb is. I thought I'd share the result I got for the prompt "What is the IndieWeb?":
The IndieWeb is a movement of individuals who are interested in owning their own online identities and content, rather than relying on third-party social media and other services to host and control their personal information and creative works. The goal of the IndieWeb is to create a decentralized and open web where users have more control over their own data and online experiences. This involves the use of open web standards, such as microformats and webmentions, as well as a focus on user-centered design and user-controlled services. The IndieWeb community includes designers, developers, and other technologists who are working to create tools and technologies that support this vision of a more independent and open web.
This text is impressive. The result is cohesive and the logic flows well. The goals of the IndieWeb are articulated well, in language that doesn't rely on a lot of jargon. The methods through which the IndieWeb works -- including a focus on user-controlled services, a term I haven't seen actively used in the community -- is described clearly. I'm excited to see this technology improve and increase in utility. The ease with which ChatGPT answered my query about a proper noun is notable.