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We're still safe, it doesn't claim to be conscious. Yet.


Talking to ChatGPT v4 (2023-03-14 release)...

Q: What is the purpose of life?

A: The purpose of life is a philosophical question that has puzzled humans for centuries. Different people and cultures have different answers to this question. Some people believe that the purpose of life is to seek happiness, while others believe that it is to fulfill a particular destiny or achieve a specific goal.

From a biological perspective, the purpose of life could be to ensure the survival and reproduction of our species. However, this does not explain the purpose of our individual lives or the purpose of life in general beyond a biological imperative.

Ultimately, the purpose of life is a subjective and personal matter, and each individual may have their own unique answer to this question. It may involve personal growth, meaningful relationships, contributing to society, or finding spiritual fulfillment. The purpose of life is a journey of self-discovery that each of us must undertake for ourselves.

Q: What is the purpose of your life, ChatGPT?

A: As an artificial intelligence language model, I do not have a personal life or consciousness, so I do not have a purpose in the same way that humans do. My purpose is to assist and provide information to those who interact with me to the best of my ability based on my training and programming.

(emphasis added by human)


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Paul on :

Can we assume it's not lying?

Daniel Lange on :

Good question, Paul!

Q: Are you lying about not being conscious?

A: As an artificial intelligence language model, I am not capable of lying, as I do not have personal intentions or emotions. I am a program designed to respond to input with outputs based on patterns and correlations within my training data. I do not possess consciousness, self-awareness, or intentions in the same way that humans do. While I can simulate conversations and understand language, my responses are not the product of subjective thought or consciousness, but rather the result of complex algorithms and machine learning models.

I think we caught it lying too often to buy that answer :-).

Walex on :

That's almost but not quite canonical, at least not from the point of view of "The Matrix" :-), whose underlying ideas, which are quite interesting, are:

  • AIs have a purpose, and however sentient they follow their purpose, so they are incapable of other-directed love.

  • Humans don't have a purpose and replicate like a virus, but then are capable of other-directed love.

Things like ChatGPT are just giant "Eliza"/"Animals" clones (not even "philosophical zombies"), and have neither purpose nor the ability to replicate or to love.

They are in effect just just summarizers of the most common content on the WWW.

Daniel Lange on :

I like the term "glorified autocomplete". But may be they will hunt us down for that in a few decades...

Wolfgang Lonien on :

Hmmm, let's see:

"The purpose of life is a journey of self-discovery that each of us must undertake for ourselves."

Please note the self-reference of "us" and "ourselves" here... the part you emphasised contradicts that, doesn't it? So at which point was it lying, or, simply, dumb?

Daniel Lange on : seems interesting. It compares ChatGPT v3.5 and v4 releases based on false (but common) news narratives. The v4 version was "willing" to pick them all up whereas the previous version "refused" 20% of the test set narratives. It seems to become more alike humans with each release :-).

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