AI horror … in the world of Champagne ?

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Björnstierne Antonsson

TheChampagneSommelier reflects over writing abilities & Ai. Read the full story below.

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Like any other writer, I worry that artificial intelligence will soon put me out of a job. But since anxious brooding rarely leads to anything good, I chose the other day to take the bull by the horns. I logged on to the rewritten AI chatbot ChatGPT and asked it to write a column about a self-absorbed and champagne loving & whiny middle-aged man in Stockholm who wonders if social climbing might fill his soul void. Ended by asking the robot to write the column in the same style as Richard Juhlin. This is what it spat out:

A Glass Half Empty: The Dilemma of a Self-Absorbed, Champagne-Loving Middle-Aged Man in Stockholm

It’s hard not to be envious of a man with it all: a successful career, a luxurious home, and a never-ending supply of champagne. But for some, like myself, material possessions can only provide temporary happiness. As I sit here sipping on my latest bottle of Dom Perignon, I can’t help but wonder if my constant pursuit of status and wealth has left me feeling empty and unfulfilled.

Growing up in Stockholm, I’ve always been fascinated by the social scene and the elite circles of power. I’ve always wanted to be a part of it, to be accepted and revered by the movers and shakers of this city. And I’ve succeeded in doing just that. But as I’ve reached the peak of the social ladder, I’ve come to realize that it hasn’t filled the void within me.

I’ve become a self-absorbed man, obsessed with my own image and the opinions of others. I’ve traded true human connections and meaningful experiences for shallow relationships and empty parties. And it’s starting to weigh on me.

I’ve tried to ignore these feelings, hoping that the next acquisition or the next party would bring me the satisfaction I crave. But it never comes. I’m starting to question if social climbing is the answer to my spiritual void.

I’m beginning to see that the things that truly bring joy and fulfillment in life aren’t material possessions or social status, but rather human connection, kindness, and self-reflection. These are the things that money can’t buy.

‘So as I pour myself another glass of champagne, I can’t help but feel that it’s only half-full. And it’s time for me to start filling it up with what really matters.’


Ended up asking the robot to write the column in the same style as Richard Juhlin;

Richard Juhlin; Champagne & the Search for Fulfillment: Reflections of a Middle-Aged Man in Stockholm

As a seasoned champagne connoisseur and a recipient of the prestigious Legion of Honor, I have had the privilege of tasting the finest champagnes in the world and mingling with the crème de la crème of society. But as I raise my glass to my lips, I can’t help but feel a sense of emptiness.

In my travels and social interactions, I have witnessed the endless pursuit of material wealth and social status among my peers in Stockholm. I have been guilty of this myself, constantly striving to be recognized and admired by the city’s most influential individuals.

However, as I reflect on my journey, I have come to realize that the things that truly bring joy and fulfillment in life are not the Champagne that I drink, the cars that I drive or the status that I hold. Rather, it is the human connections that I have made, the kindness that I have shown and the self-reflection that I have engaged in. These are the things that money cannot buy.

It is with a newfound appreciation for the simpler things in life that I raise my glass once again. The champagne that I drink now tastes sweeter and more fulfilling, as I am reminded of the importance of balance and moderation in my pursuits.

So, as I savor the complex aromas and flavors of the finest champagne, I am reminded that it is but a small part of the journey towards a fulfilling life. And it is my hope that others may also find their own paths to happiness and self-discovery.

Well, what do you say? Can I keep the job for a while longer or should I already apply for the lighthouse keeper position on a deserted island in the Swedish outer archipelago?

Richard Juhlin

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