Pizza GPT: The Italian Response to Chat GPT’s Block

Could Italians remain helpless in the face of the impossibility of resorting to such a useful, free, and easy-to-use tool?

Someone might say, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

ChatGPT has become a well-known tool to many, beginning to make its mark in every working context, not just those strictly related to communication and marketing. ChatGPT was becoming a true assistant capable of writing (almost) any type of text for any purpose. It was a kind of helper that silently entered our offices but was entirely revolutionary. Indeed, it marked the first time that artificial intelligence took such a significant step in the ubiquity of technology: it became part of our working reality, representing a latent but ever-present element ready for use when needed.

However, something changed, and the Italian response was not long in coming.

What Happened to ChatGPT?

It’s been a few days since the Italian Data Protection Authority, the Italian authority ensuring the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms and the respect of dignity in the processing of personal data, decided to block the use of ChatGPT in Italy.

According to them, ChatGPT was guilty of unlawfully collecting and retaining personal data from users.

The result was simply panic among all those who had become accustomed to relying on ChatGPT to optimize their workflow.

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Pizza GPT Website: What Is It?

Could Italians remain helpless in the face of the impossibility of resorting to such a useful, free, and easy-to-use tool?

The definitive NO to this question is found in the sarcastic counterattack unleashed by Lorenzo Cella, an Italian computer engineer working in Switzerland. Lorenzo summarized the thoughts of many Italians on the matter, stating that the decision made by the Data Protection Authority is “stupid and counterproductive” and declaring that “Italy needs to keep up with the rest of the world, and AI is a technology that can help our country grow.”

And so, Lorenzo decides to create an AI platform with the same capabilities as ChatGPT, but respecting the limitations imposed by the Data Protection Authority: on the Pizza GPT website, no user data is recorded, and it can also be used entirely for free. To cover the software’s expenses, a button has been added to donate 9 euros, coincidentally the price of a pizza.

In addition to having a particularly evocative name compared to the country to which the service is aimed, PizzaGPT uses the same API as ChatGPT, thus guaranteeing responses almost identical to those that our now-retired friend would give.

Someone might say, “where there’s a will, there’s a way,” but are we sure that’s really the case? Is it truly possible to compare this tool to the usual “Italian” systems that allow circumventing the law for some kind of gain? Isn’t it perhaps a bit too late to be picky about privacy issues, considering that simple internet access leaves behind a myriad of sensitive data for each user, and that each of us now spends a significant part of our time on social media and online?