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  • Writer's pictureJosh Strehle

How You Should Play a Scavenger Hunt, According to AI

Like the rest of the internet over the last month, I’ve been playing around with ChatGPT, the conversational AI chat bot from the folks over at OpenAI. And, like the rest of the internet, I was impressed with its capabilities. So I decided to see how AI thinks a scavenger hunt should be played.

I asked ChatGPT to give us the three cardinal rules of scavenger hunts when playing with an app like Scavos, and boy did the AI deliver! Find the three ChatGPT-generated rules below, plus one rule specific to our app Scavos.

Before you embark on your scavenger hunt adventure, there are a few cardinal rules you should follow to ensure that the experience is fair, safe, and enjoyable for everyone involved.

  1. Follow the rules of the scavenger hunt. Whether you're using an app like Scavos or organizing a traditional scavenger hunt, make sure you understand the specific guidelines and objectives before you start. This may include rules about the items you can collect, the time limits for completing the hunt, and any other restrictions that have been put in place. Following the rules will ensure that the scavenger hunt is fair and enjoyable for all participants.

  2. Respect the area and the people around you. Scavenger hunts often take place in public areas, such as parks or downtown districts. It's important to be mindful of your surroundings and to respect the people and properties in the area. Don't go on private property without permission, and be considerate of others by not disrupting their activities or causing any damage.

  3. Stay safe. Scavenger hunts can often involve some physical activity and exploration, so it's important to take safety precautions. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and be aware of your surroundings at all times. If you're exploring an unfamiliar area, it's a good idea to bring a map or a GPS device to help you navigate. And if you're playing with a group, make sure to stay together and communicate with each other.

Not bad ChatGPT! Following the game’s rules, respecting the area you’re playing in, and staying safe are all solid guidelines for any scavenger hunt. When you’re playing with an app like Scavos though, there’s an additional rule players should be aware of.

4. Picture submissions have to be taken during the game. There’s no #latergrams allowed in Scavos. When you’re playing a game with a photo mission, you need to take that picture inside of the Scavos app. That means there’s no uploading of previously taken photos. This keeps the game fresh and fair to everyone.

I’ll admit, I’m a little worried about the future job market for copy-writers when tools like ChatGPT get a little more refined. One thing I’m fairly certain of though, it’ll be awhile before the AIs learn to enjoy a good IRL scavenger hunt. (Though when they do, it might mean they’re hunting human scavengers in a very Terminator-y world.)

How long until robots are uploading goofy selfies of themselves to the internet? Apparently it’s already happening. (No offense Pepper.)

So take advantage of your uniquely human ability to seek, find, and photograph goofy things and make your own scavenger hunt with Scavos. But make sure to follow the rules, we don’t want to anger the machines quite yet.

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