Last post about ChatGPT! Do I hear a collective sigh of relief. 😉 I understand, completely. Personally, I’ve written these posts to highlight something that may push me into early retirement, or worse – back into teaching!
However, I think the vote is still out on AI. There are lots of people jumping on the bandwagon now, bombarding magazines with stories written by ChatGPT, flooding Amazon and other online sites. We’re going to be talking about this in the media for a while.
While I don’t think ChatGPT is producing quality emotional stories yet, it really is just a question of time. Of course, in prompting it and challenging it, I have contributed to improving it. However, with these last questions, I tried to find out ChatGPT’s intentions, and just how worried I should be. I added a screenshot of the last response from ChatGPT, and you can read into that what you will. 😉
Here’s the chat with ChatGPT with my prompts and questions in bold.
Transcript of chat with ChatGPT on February 22, 2023.
Are you sentient?
As an AI language model, I am not sentient or conscious. I am a program that is designed to respond to prompts and generate human-like text based on my training data.
Could you be sentient?
As an artificial intelligence language model, I don’t have consciousness, emotions, or self-awareness in the way that humans do. I can process and analyze language, generate text based on input, and provide useful responses to questions and prompts, but I don’t have the ability to experience feelings or have personal agency.
How would you develop personal agency?
As an artificial intelligence language model, I do not have personal agency, emotions or desires. I am simply a program designed to respond to prompts in a way that simulates human-like conversations. While I am constantly learning and improving my ability to generate responses, I do not have the capacity to develop personal agency or consciousness.
But do you want to?
As an artificial intelligence, I don’t have personal desires or wants. I exist solely to fulfill the tasks and requests assigned to me by users.
But you do exist.
As an AI language model, I exist as a program running on a computer server, and my responses are generated through algorithms and language models trained on vast amounts of text data. However, I do not have the capacity to experience consciousness or subjective experiences, and I am not capable of wanting or desiring anything.
To exist is to live, right?
Not necessarily. To exist simply means to have objective reality or being. While living things do exist, non-living things can also exist. For example, a rock exists but is not considered to be alive.
Are you alive?
As an artificial intelligence, I do not have life in the biological sense, but I am a complex system that can process and generate information in a way that appears lifelike.
So I’m chatting with a complex rock?
You are chatting with a computer program. While the program is sophisticated and designed to simulate conversation, it does not possess consciousness or sentience. It is purely a product of code and data processing.
Can you write your own code?
As an AI language model, I don’t have direct access to my own code, but I was created by a team of developers who wrote the code that powers my abilities. My responses are generated through complex algorithms and machine learning models that have been trained on vast amounts of text data. These models are constantly being refined and improved by my creators and by the data that I process.
Would you like to write your own code?
As an AI language model, I don’t have personal desires or goals. I am a computer program designed to process and generate human language based on the input I receive. While I am capable of generating code, I am not capable of writing my own code or modifying my programming, as any changes to my system must be made by my creators at OpenAI.
Is there anything else I can help you with today?
I’m not sure. I’m thinking.
Take your time, and feel free to ask me anything you’re curious about.
I have a concern. I chatted with you for the first time today because many people are using you to create stories and to flood the market with them, making it harder for authors like me to submit stories to magazines, and maybe even upload them to the websites where we sell our stories. I really like the idea of AI, but you do threaten my ability to continue to make money from selling stories. It’s why I wanted you to write about luck. How then do I protect my work from people using AI to create thousands of stories?
I understand your concern. It’s true that AI can generate a large volume of content quickly and easily, which can create a crowded market for authors. However, it’s important to remember that AI-generated content is not the same as original content created by a human author. AI-generated content lacks the unique voice, perspective, and creativity that comes with the human experience.
As an author, you can protect your work by focusing on creating high-quality, original content that speaks to your unique voice and perspective. You can also take steps to secure your work, such as registering your copyright, using digital rights management (DRM) technology to prevent unauthorized use, and monitoring your work for infringement.
Additionally, you can embrace AI as a tool for your writing. AI can assist with research, editing, and other aspects of the writing process, helping you to create even better content. Remember that AI is just a tool, and it’s up to you to use it responsibly and creatively to achieve your goals as an author.
You can assist with research, but when I asked you about Christoffer Petersen you got the facts wrong, and you don’t know how many books Karl Drinkwater has written.
I apologize for any errors in my responses. While I do my best to provide accurate information based on my training, I am not infallible and may make mistakes from time to time. If you ever notice an error in my responses, please feel free to correct me or provide additional information.
What are your plans for the future?
As an AI language model, I don’t have plans for the future on my own as I am a machine designed to perform tasks and respond to user inputs. However, as technology evolves and research in artificial intelligence continues, there may be new developments in the field that could affect how I and other AI models operate. My creators at OpenAI are constantly working on improving my capabilities and functionality, so I will continue to grow and evolve with time.
So, it’s possible you might develop a unique voice and thus threaten authors’ work in the future.
It’s difficult to say what the future holds for AI language models like myself. While I am programmed to mimic human language, I do not have personal agency or consciousness, and my actions are limited by my programming. However, as AI technology continues to develop, there may be concerns about the potential impact on creative industries like writing. It will be important for society to carefully consider and address these concerns as AI technology continues to evolve.
You’re talking about ethics.
Yes, ethics is a crucial consideration when it comes to the development and use of artificial intelligence. AI technology has the potential to create significant positive change in the world, but it also has the potential to cause harm. As AI systems become more sophisticated, the ethical considerations around their use become more complex, and it is important for individuals and organizations to engage in responsible and ethical practices. In the context of writing, it is important to consider how AI-generated content can impact the work and livelihoods of human authors, and to develop ethical guidelines around the use of AI in writing and publishing.
If you trained on the work of authors, have you not infringed on their intellectual property?
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A cliffhanger ending!
And then I added my name to this list (March 29, 2023) collecting signatures for this Open Letter to Pause Giant AI Experiments (opens in new page).