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Is Using Artificial Intelligence for Holiday Gift Shopping Ethical?

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In the quest to find the perfect holiday gift, it can often be challenging to choose something that will truly delight the recipient. Despite our best intentions, we often fall short. Just like the author of this article who struggled […]

Is Using Artificial Intelligence for Holiday Gift Shopping Ethical?

In the quest to find the perfect holiday gift, it can often be challenging to choose something that will truly delight the recipient. Despite our best intentions, we often fall short. Just like the author of this article who struggled to find gifts that would please his family.

This year, the author decided to try a new approach. As a technology expert, he turned to artificial intelligence to tackle his long-standing dilemma. He experimented with a popular AI bot called ChatGPT and asked, “What gifts should I buy for my family during the holidays?”

ChatGPT asked questions about each member of the author’s family and based on the answers provided, generated a personalized list of gifts tailored to their interests and hobbies. When the author asked ChatGPT to find the lowest prices for each of those gifts, the bot quickly provided links to e-commerce websites where the author could make the purchases.

At first glance, this technique seems like a great solution. It saved the author a lot of time, and the possibility of the AI-recommended gifts being better than what he would have chosen himself is certainly appealing. However, the author was faced with ethical dilemmas.

How personal and intimate is it to let a machine choose gifts for our loved ones? While artificial intelligence can make many tasks easier for us, can it truly replace actions that hold special emotional significance? Writing a book, creating artwork, and even holiday shopping – these are tasks that require personal touch and creativity.

After deep contemplation, the author decided to close the ChatGPT window. Although he loves technology and automation, he realized that the experience of holiday gift shopping, just like any other personal activity, is something to be enjoyed. By relinquishing that responsibility to a machine, we might lose the joy and pride that come from creativity and thoughtful selection.

That’s why the author is rethinking his approach to holiday gift shopping. Perhaps this year, he’ll get his parents a garden hose, his children a writing machine, and his spouse some unique pet-friendly rocks. The joy of gift shopping lies in finding the perfect gift, no matter how imperfect it may be. Happy shopping to all from JJ Rosen, the founder of Atiba, a software development and IT support company in Nashville. For more information, visit Atiba.com.

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