Can AI generate interesting Ice Breaker Questions?
This is one of the questions we asked ourselves after experimenting with OpenAI's GPT-3 to see how it might help to enrich or improve meetings, given how helpful ice-breaker questions can be.
If you haven't heard of ice-breaker questions – they are a popular technique for getting people talking after coming together as a large group.
By asking a narrow question, especially about a topic that people find interesting or can used to express something unique about themselves, you can get even the most shy amongst you talking, thereby lightening the atmosphere and establishing trust amongst participants.
As for where to find these questions – there already exist many lists of ice-breaker questions online, but we wanted to know whether it would be possible to use GPT-3 to generate our own questions that we would be happy to use in a retrospective meeting.
Configuring GPT-3 to output useful results is a bit of an art form! But once we found what we felt to be the optimal set of parameter settings, we were rather blown away with what we got!
And so we're delighted to share with you over 100 of the most interesting Ice Breaker questions that we generated that you can use in your next meeting or retrospective!
- What would be the title of your autobiography?
- Would you rather be without coffee or your phone?
- What is the last thing you would do before quitting your job?
- Would you rather work an overnight shift and wake up at noon, or wake up at noon and work an overnight shift?
- Which part of the day do you look forward to the most?
- Which is the best way to relax after a busy day?
- What one thing should every office have?
- In two words, how would you describe the work-life balance in your company?
- What is your best time-saving tip to get the most done in the least amount of time?
- What's the best way to start your workday off right?
- Who would you say is your nemesis at work?
- As a kid, what did you want to do when you grew up?
- What is the strangest thing you've ever found while cleaning?
- If you were in charge, what are some drastic changes you would make?
- What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about your home office?
- What is one thing people don't know about you?
- If you could live anywhere else for the rest of your life, where would it be?
- Would you rather explore outer space or explore the sea?
- What was your first job?
- What question do you always want to be asked during an interview?
- Would you rather live in Paris or live in New York?
- On a scale of one to ten, how hungry are you?
- What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
- Do you prefer your food slightly burnt or slightly raw?
- What is the best thing on the menu right now?
- What's your favorite takeout food?
- What food reminds you of your childhood?
- What's your favorite meal of all time?
- What country's food would you most like to try?
- What's your favorite regional cuisine?
- What is your favorite dessert?
- Name a food you could not live without.
- What's your favorite healthy food?
- What do you think is the best dish for a dinner party?
- If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what food would it be?
- What would you rank amongst your favorite breakfast cereals?
- What is the tastiest vegetable you can think of?
- What is your favorite dish to cook?
- Who is your favorite celebrity chef?
- What food do you crave when it's freezing outside?
- Which dish would you never eat again?
- What are the two ingredients you refuse to combine?
- Would you rather take a summer vacation in France or Italy?
- What would be your perfect getaway?
- Where would you most like to retire?
- Have you ever taken a tropical vacation in the winter?
- What would you go by plane, boat, or train to get to the perfect holiday destination?
- What is your dream vacation?
- Name 3 words that describe your ideal vacation?
- What is the best place you have ever visited?
- What is your favorite thing to do while at the beach?
- Where would you like to go on vacation next year?
- If you could teleport to anywhere in the world what's the furthest place you would rather go?
- Where would you go on vacation if money was no object?
- Are you more likely to buy souvenirs or take photos?
- Would you rather travel to space or the bottom of the ocean?
- Would you rather travel without money or without a passport?
- Would you rather take a high-speed train with no idea of the outcome, or take an infinitely slow cruise with no surprises?
- What are your favorite one-stop destination cities?
- If money, time, family obligations, and health were no concern, where would you travel to without hesitation?
- Where is the one place you've always wanted to visit but you've always said "maybe next year?"
- If you had to pick from all of the countries you have visited to which one would you go back to?
- If you could only take three things with you on vacation, what would they be?
- If you could punch one character in any movie, who would it be?
- What is the funniest movie you have seen?
- What is your favorite song at the moment?
- Which song would you want to pep you up, which song would you want to make you fall in love, and which song would you want to make you cry?
- What sound would you use to describe your life right now?
- What's your favorite summer party song?
- What’s your favorite movie set in space?
- What superpower would you want for a day?
- If you could make one character from Harry Potter real, which one would it be?
- If you could live in any of the Game of Thrones Houses, which one would you choose?
- Who would you want to sit on the Iron Throne?
- Would you rather use a wand or your phone?
- What are your favorite quotes of the "Friends" series?
- If you could cook for any famous person for dinner, who would you cook for?
- Which actors do you most look like?
- If you had your own TV show, what would the name be?
- What TV show would you binge-watch forever and ever?
- What season of Game of Thrones is your favorite?
- What would you rather watch, a nature documentary or a cooking show?
- What was the last movie you cried during?
- What song best summarizes your mood today?
- What animal would you want as your best friend if you were a member of the animal kingdom?
- Dogs vs. Cats: who do you like more and why?
- Which animal describes your personality the best?
- What is your favorite species of bird?
- Which animal best represents you today?
- What's your shoe size?
- Throughout your life so far, what was the most awkward moment you've ever had?
- At what time(s) of the day is your energy the highest?
- What is your first memory of doing something that made you feel grown-up?
- What are the laws of physics?
- What is the last thing you take a selfie with?
- If you found your name in quotation marks, what's your reaction?
- What is your favorite indoor winter activity?
- What is the color of your socks?
- If you have a pet, what is its name?
- If you had to spend the rest of your life in one location, where would your location be?
- If you could keep one bad habit, what would it be?
- What's your year end goal?
- On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do you like cats?
- What's your favorite song to sing while you're brushing your teeth?