[ExI] chatgpt plus google translate

Giovanni Santostasi gsantostasi at gmail.com
Mon Apr 10 00:14:02 UTC 2023

Long ago when I was amazed at language translators I did an experiment
where I took a passage from Alice in Wonderland (of course) and I
translated to different languages and back to see what would happen. The
result was really trippy but you could still recognize the original text.
But when you tried to go to Chinese and then back the change was
dramatic and it was completely hilarious but in some way meaningful, here
and there you could find some jewels, almost koan-like. It would be
interesting to do a similar experiment.
But also ask questions to GPT-4 in different languages and see if language
creates different types of responses, I think this would be a more
interesting experiment to be honest.

On Sun, Apr 9, 2023 at 4:48 PM spike jones via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> ....> On Behalf Of BillK via extropy-chat
> > _______________________________________________
> I'm not sure what you are trying to test here.
> I think ChatGPT can be used by most languages.
> i.e. an Italian can speak to ChatGPT in Italian and get replies in Italian.
> Try Parlez-vous Francais? and see what it replies.
> BillK
> _______________________________________________
> OK, but really what I was shooting for is Mandarin.  European languages are
> all fairly similar in structure really.  Lookup-table style translation
> works well enough.  But I noticed when trying to do Mandarin to English or
> vv, things get messed up.  Hilarity ensues.  I don't think we have any
> native Mandarin speakers on the ExI list.
> Some years ago, when online translators were all the new thing, I was on a
> motorcycle enthusiasts group where a Japanese-only speaker showed up.  His
> posts were hilarious.  He was always falling all over himself apologizing,
> we kept telling him no worries, lad, no offense taken at all, etc.  When
> that went back into Japanese, I fear it came out on his end as: no bananas,
> young man, your spleen is on fire completely.
> Or something else completely absurd.  It didn't work.
> spike
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