Brazilian city enacts an ordinance that was secretly written by ChatGPT

Key Points:

  • The legislation in Brazil was written by OpenAI’s chatbot ChatGPT, unbeknownst to the city council members.
  • The proposal aimed to prevent taxpayers from paying for stolen water consumption meters.
  • The 36-member council approved the ordinance unanimously, highlighting the potential influence of AI in public policy.


In a surprising turn of events, city lawmakers in Brazil unknowingly passed what seems to be the nation’s first legislation written entirely by artificial intelligence (AI). The experimental ordinance was quietly presented to the council by city councilman Ramiro Rosário, who had enlisted the help of OpenAI’s chatbot ChatGPT to draft a proposal preventing taxpayers from being charged to replace stolen water consumption meters. Rosário didn’t inform his fellow council members that the proposal was AI-generated, fearing it would not be taken seriously. However, to his surprise, the 36-member council unanimously approved the ordinance, which went into effect on November 23. Talk about a chatbot with political clout!


It’s clear that AI is making its way into unexpected realms, from generating legislation to shaping public policy. While some may have concerns about the limitations and potential pitfalls of relying on AI for such tasks, it seems unlikely that we can halt the march of progress. Who knows what other surprises ChatGPT and its AI counterparts have in store for us? Perhaps we’ll see law firms hiring AI assistants to draft legal briefs, or presidents being replaced by robots. Okay, maybe not the last one, but you get the idea. As Rosário put it, AI can be used for both good and evil, and it’s up to us to steer it in the right direction.



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