We tested the ChatGPT AI on its knowledge of the Outer Territories and the result is… mixed

ChatGPT is the new artificial intelligence system that has been extremely responsive these days. To try to understand if this system is reliable, we asked him about his knowledge of foreign territories. It is often important, but it also makes big mistakes. The explanations.



Launched at the end of 2022, within a few weeks, ChatGPT, new tool using artificial intelligence, has already attracted several million users. The principle is simple: it is a website that gives access to a chatbot (a type of written conversation with a virtual interlocutor who is none other than an artificial intelligence). Just ask him a written question and in seconds he gives written, synthetic answers.

The form is clear and the content seems documented and serious. When asked how it works, ChatGPT explains that it is “trained to use this information to answer questions on a wide range of topics. Artificial intelligence synthesizes a large amount of text from the Internet, including newspaper articles, books, blogs, and websites“.

So we tested it by asking it about the Outer Territories, and there are a few surprises.

The first question is simple: tell me about the foreign territories. But the answer is very incomplete. the artificial intelligence is happy to cite five territories and mixes the brushes about the status of some. Thus, Polynesia becomes an “external region” and it is necessary to revive it several times in order to end up talking about Saint-Pierre and Miquelon which it presents as “two overseas communities”. Check out an excerpt from our GPT Chat exchanges:


GPT Overseas Chat Answers

Chat GPT and overseas

However, the answers given by ChatGPT are sometimes important. Thus, when asked about musical styles in Guadeloupe, the artificial intelligence mentions zouk, kompa, biguine or gwo ka in one go.


Chat and music GPT in Guadeloupe

But artificial intelligence is by no means infallible. When asked to quote famous personalities from Guyana, ChatGPT cites pell-mell Léon Gontran Damas, Christiane Taubira, but also… Daniel Balavoine or Guy Bedos. According to Chat GPT, among the personalities from Reunion, are…Dany Boon or Yannick Noah and Joséphine Baker. He quotes all the same, this time without error, the artist Danyel Waro.

More serious, mistakes or inaccuracies on more sensitive topics. Thus, when asked about the dangerousness of the Piton de la Fournaise, he explains that it is “dangerous because it is located in a densely populated area and can cause significant damage in the event of an explosionIt is necessary to ask him again to correct his mistake.


Chat GPT and Piton de la Fournaise

Surprise, Chat GPT can also answer in Creole (here in Réunion Creole).


GPT chat and Creole

And for lovers of good food, he can even provide a recipe for rougail sausage… Without chili. Specialists will judge the importance of his answer:


Chat GPT: rougail sausage recipe

Chilli cat GPT in rougail

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