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Who belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Indianapolis?

We asked AI bot ChatGPT who would belong on Mount Rushmore if it were in our city to see if it aligns with what us Hoosiers think.

Mount Rushmore if it were different

If Mount Rushmore were in Indianapolis, whose faces would be on the national monument?

Graphic by 6AM City

ChatGPT from OpenAI is taking the internet by storm, and new users are getting creative in testing out the tool’s capabilities.

We thought we’d test the bot out ourselves to see if it aligns with what true Hoosiers think.

“ChatGPT, who should be on the Mt. Rushmore of Indianapolis?”

Here’s what it said:

  • Benjamin Harrison | He was the 23rd president of the United States and a native of Indianapolis, who played a significant role in American politics and is an important historical figure associated with the city.
  • James Whitcomb Riley | He was a renowned poet + writer who spent a significant portion of his life in Indianapolis, known for his contributions to American literature and his influence on the city’s cultural scene.
  • Madam C.J. Walker | She was an entrepreneur and philanthropist who is often recognized as one of the first self-made female millionaires in the US for founding a successful beauty + haircare products business in Indianapolis.
  • Kurt Vonnegut | Born in Indianapolis, he was a prolific author known for his satirical + thought-provoking novels that have had a lasting impact on American literature.

What local leaders, philanthropists, and business owners do you think belong on Mt. Rushmore? Take your vote.

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