[ExI] GPT-4 on its inability to solve the symbol grounding problem

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Sat Apr 8 22:38:16 UTC 2023

On Sat, Apr 8, 2023 at 10:51 AM Brent Allsop via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> I keep showing this image, attempting to communicate something:
> [image: 3_functionally_equal_machines_tiny.png]
> Sure, our elementary school teacher told us the one on the left is red,
> the one in the middle is green, and the one on the right is just the word
> 'Red'.
> But it is evident from all these conversations, that nobody here
> understands the deeper meaning I'm attempting to communicate.
> Some people seem to be getting close, which is nice, but they may not yet
> be fully there.
> If everyone fully understood this, all these conversations would be
> radically different.
> Even if you disagree with me, can anyone describe the deeper meaning I'm
> attempting to communicate with this image?
> What does this image say about qualities, different ways of representing
> information, and different ways of doing computation?
> How about this, I'll give $100 worth of Ether, or just USD, to anyone who
> can fully describe the meaning attempting to be portrayed with this image.

FWIW, I showed the image to my fiance who has not otherwise been party to
these conversations.  She came up with a rather different take: that
they're all looking at the same strawberry (not apple), the first guy
assumes it's red because that's the strawberries he's used to, the second
guy assumes it's not ripe and therefore is green, and the bot uses a
different process to conclude it is red.
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