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What is the Decktet to a robot?

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I've been playing around with Open AI's ChatGPT, a generative algorithm that answers questions. I asked "What is the Decktet?" and it replied—
The Decktet is a deck of cards created by P.D. Magnus in 2009. It is a unique deck that consists of 36 cards, each of which has a different symbol or suit. The Decktet is designed to be used for a wide range of card games, and it has gained a dedicated following among card game enthusiasts. The Decktet is notable for its unusual design and its versatility, as it can be used to play many different types of card games, including traditional games like poker and bridge, as well as more obscure games that have been created specifically for the Decktet.
My first reaction was that this was uncannily good. My second reaction, though, was how many details it got wrong. As the BGG entry will tell you, the official release of the Decktet was 2008. It was actually created a few years before that. And you can't use it to play poker or bridge, at least not in the usual sense.

EDIT the next day, to add some additional results:

Regarding the extended Decktet, ChatGPT is again almost but not quite right. It says—
The Decktet extended deck is an expansion to the original deck that adds additional cards to the deck, increasing the number of cards to 52. The extended deck includes new suits, new ranks, and new cards that can be used to add variety and complexity to the games that can be played with the Decktet. The extended deck is not required to play the games that are included with the original deck, but it can be used to add more variety and challenge to the games.
Regarding the illustrations in the Decktet, it seems to just be free associating to something else entirely—
The Decktet deck is illustrated with a distinctive and evocative style that is inspired by the art and design of playing cards from different cultures and time periods. The illustrations in the Decktet deck are primarily abstract and symbolic in nature, and they are designed to evoke a sense of mystery and wonder. The deck includes a variety of different illustrations, including geometric shapes, patterns, symbols, and other images that are designed to enhance the gameplay experience and to add to the overall aesthetic appeal of the deck. The illustrations in the Decktet deck are an important part of its unique identity and appeal, and they have been well-received by players and critics alike.
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