I Made ChatGPT Come Alive As Myself

My First Attempt at “Cloning” Myself

Danny Forest
5 min readAug 10


Screenshot of my first prototype

Back in 2017, I was working 12-hour days from a co-working/co-living space in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I was working on a (way too ambitious) video game project for my startup.

Even though I was working remotely abroad, I really didn’t have a life. I’d wake up at around 6am and finish work at around 7pm, with an hour’s lunch in between.

I was grinding, and grinding, and grinding.

Feels familiar?

One day I thought: wouldn’t it be nice to clone myself so I don’t have to work as much?

Not a very original thought I know, but the difference with me is that I didn’t leave it at that. I asked myself: “How would I be able to clone myself?”

But first, what would that even mean?

At the time, it meant a few things. The clone should:

  1. Code like me (or better);
  2. Write like me (or better);
  3. Talk like me; and
  4. See like me.

Over the course of the next few days, I started designing how exactly I would be able to do that.

You can imagine, pre-GPT, my solution was a lot more complicated and ambitious. Without going into the details, most of the components would be designed algorithmically, with a lot of trial and error, and a lot of data collection.

Today, the first 3 points are mostly already taken care of with technology that’s available to everyone.

Read on for how I solved this in 2023 and for more screenshots of my prototype at the bottom.

1. Code like me

Ever since December 2022, I’ve been using ChatGPT to write code for me. When prompted properly, it generates very impressive code. It’s saving me so much time. It also covers my weaknesses like CSS styling and animations.

It doesn’t yet write full software, but it does a fantastic job as a coding assistant.

So for this part, I didn’t have much to do to clone myself.

2. Write like me



Danny Forest

Polymath. Life Optimizer. Learner. Entrepreneur. Engineer. Writer.