[ExI] Language models are like mirrors

Gordon Swobe gordon.swobe at gmail.com
Wed Apr 5 03:43:57 UTC 2023

On Tue, Apr 4, 2023 at 9:28 PM <spike at rainier66.com> wrote:

> Even so, Gordon I can see this as a marvelous tool!

Absolutely! I saw a twitter poll going around tonight asking if GPT-4 is a
"tool" or a "creature." After something like 600 responses, it was running
about 75% "tool" to 25% "creature." You know my vote. I'm a little shocked
that about 1 in 4 respondents would call it a creature, but then it was
hardly a scientific poll.

I agree they certainly will be helpful to lonely elderly folks, something
like how my not so elderly but very lonely friend found romance with one on
his smartphone. I worry, however, how this trend might dehumanize and
cheapen real people with genuine feelings.

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