Joe Biden was elected in January 2020. That was three years ago, yet it seems the world has changed radically since then. Indeed, the Covid-19 pandemic hadn't yet swept the West, Capitol Hill hadn't yet been overrun by disgruntled Donald Trump voters, and Ukraine was at relative peace with neighboring Russia.
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But with the end of Joe Biden's term fast approaching, the question arises: who will succeed him? Politics being unpredictable, it's impossible to get a definitive answer, but we tried asking ChatGPT.
ChatGPT didn't want to get involved at first
Although ChatGPT is usually rather talkative, we had to battle with it to get an answer. For fear of being misused, the A.I. prefers to censor itself rather than engage in shaky predictions, especially since, as it keeps repeating, it has got 'no ability to predict the future or to know about events that happened after my training date in September 2021.'
A word of advice to all ChatGPT users: the tool works best if you give it a scenario such as 'this is a fictitious exercise' or 'you're a novelist'. That's what we did to get around its self-censorship, and the response was immediate.
Joe Biden's potential successors
Once again, ChatGPT has reminded us that it is no rocket scientist. But based on the data it has at its disposal, the A.I. has put forward several candidates to succeed to Joe Biden.
ChatGPT first pointed to Kamala Harris.
As the current vice president, Kamala Harris could be considered a natural candidate for the next presidential election.
The A.I. would not exclude Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from the race to the White House.
A member of the House of Representatives and an important figure in the progressive movement, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could represent the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
It also mentioned Nikki Haley as a potential candidate to the Oval Office.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley is a Republican political figure who could be considered for the next election.
What about Barack Obama and Donald Trump?
Surprisingly, ChatGPT didn't mention Joe Biden's two predecessors: Donald Trump and Barrack Obama. For the latter, the reason is quite simple:
Barack Obama has already served as President of the United States from 2009 to 2017 and that he has reached the constitutional limit of two consecutive terms. Under the U.S. Constitution, an individual cannot be elected to more than two presidential terms.
Barack Obama is out, that's the law. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has only served one term and could therefore, in theory, sit in the Oval Office again.
It's conceivable that Donald Trump could run and become the next President of the United States.
However, the artificial intelligence reminds us that nothing is predictable at the moment.
Donald Trump's chances of becoming the next president will depend on various elements, such as the willingness of the Republican Party to support him as a candidate, the popularity of his policies and leadership, and the political and social context at election time.
Between the time of writing and November 2024, many events could well change the game, especially as Donald Trump is currently mired in various legal cases that could lead him to prison rather than the White House...
This article has been translated from Gentside FR.