ChatGPT’s helpful ideas. (feat. in|somnium)


I have picked up fiction again, some time in August. Yay. That’s something to celebrate.

Much read-through of hitherto written words has happened, and I am writing new words. It feels exhilarating.

As usual, the story is getting longer than I predicted. (But if I were to take this “as usual” into account and adjust my prediction accordingly, from the beginning, then the story would get longer from there. That’s why I keep my predictions wrong. Hehe. It’s always wrong and thereby weirdly somewhat accurate. For example, I had projected about 90k words for this story, but clearly it will be closer to 120k words, and I knew it. But if I had projected 120k from the beginning, it would have ended up being 150k words. Nope. No. Don’t want that. No. … I know, it’s weird, this idea of predictions, projections, and “knowing” that things will be inaccurate… but accurate.)

I am working on in|somnium, which is, like, gosh. Wow. When is it ever gonna actually get finished? Goodness.

At any rate, some of the story has to do with the control of dreams. Now, most people would react with “That sucks!”

But “That sucks!” isn’t enough. It’s a weak reason to do anything. Facebook sucks. Do you see Facebook, the ship, sinking anytime soon? I don’t, either. It was supposed to have sunk five years ago, but it’s still alive. Because merely things “sucking” isn’t enough.

Something greater has to be at stake here. Preferably, the more external and immediate and so on and so forth, the better. (For drama, ya know.)

I was brainstorming, then thought of ChatGPT.

I asked:

What would be bad about someone controlling your dreams?

It said:

Allowing someone to control your dreams could potentially have several negative consequences and ethical concerns:

  1. Violation of Privacy: Dreams are often considered personal and private experiences. Allowing someone else to control your dreams could be seen as a violation of your mental and emotional privacy.
  2. Loss of Autonomy: Dreams are a unique and individual form of expression. Allowing someone to control them would mean relinquishing control over your own subconscious mind, potentially leading to a loss of autonomy and personal identity.
  3. Manipulation and Exploitation: If someone else has the power to control your dreams, they could use this ability to manipulate your thoughts, emotions, and perceptions. This could be used for nefarious purposes such as psychological manipulation or even mind control.
  4. Emotional Impact: Dreams often reflect our inner thoughts, fears, desires, and unresolved issues. Allowing someone to control your dreams might lead to emotional distress if they manipulate your dream content in a way that triggers negative emotions or brings up traumatic experiences.
  5. Unintended Consequences: Even with good intentions, the person controlling your dreams might not fully understand your subconscious mind and the potential consequences of altering your dream experiences. This could lead to unintended negative psychological effects.
  6. Loss of Creativity and Exploration: Dreams are a space for creativity, imagination, and exploration. If someone else is dictating the content of your dreams, you might lose the opportunity to engage in these creative processes.
  7. Dependency: Depending on someone else to control your dreams could create a sense of dependency, where you rely on them to dictate your mental experiences. This could weaken your ability to navigate and cope with your own thoughts and emotions.
  8. Interference with Psychological Healing: Dreams can play a role in processing emotions, resolving conflicts, and aiding psychological healing. Allowing external control over your dreams might interfere with these natural processes.
  9. Unnatural Experiences: Dreams often involve surreal and nonsensical elements. Allowing someone else to control your dreams might result in experiences that feel unnatural, disconnected from your own mind, and possibly unsettling.
  10. Ethical Considerations: The power to control someone else’s dreams raises significant ethical questions about consent, personal boundaries, and the potential for abuse.

In summary, while the idea of controlling dreams might seem intriguing, there are numerous ethical, psychological, and emotional concerns associated with it. Dreams are deeply personal experiences that contribute to our sense of self, emotional well-being, and psychological growth. Giving someone else control over this aspect of your inner world could have far-reaching negative consequences.


I like one of its answers very much.

ChatGPT is great at saving time for things like these. It’s simple brainstorming, but I might have taken way longer, on my own.

That said, I hear about writers using ChatGPT for the actual writing part. (Fiction! Not nonfiction!) I can’t imagine how. I’ve talked to ChatGPT about fiction stuff, and the stuff it throws at me sounds deranged. 😅 Its story memory seems very short. It cannot even write a coherent 1k-word story.

Perhaps writers use ChatGPT for specific parts of their story? Perhaps what they mean by “using ChatGPT” is like what I did: brainstorming. Hm.

At any rate. Sometimes ChatGPT is fun.