[ExI] Who does or does not think consciousness is composed of color (and other) qualities?

Giovanni Santostasi gsantostasi at gmail.com
Mon Apr 10 06:59:20 UTC 2023

"It is just statistics, it is just statistics..." computer scientist
commenting on what the skeptics say with a very strong French accent.

On Sun, Apr 9, 2023 at 11:09 PM Gordon Swobe <gordon.swobe at gmail.com> wrote:

> GPT-4,
> Are you more conscious than the auto-compete feature in my word processing
> application?
> As an AI language model, ChatGPT is not conscious. It is an advanced
> machine learning model that processes and generates text based on patterns
> it has learned from vast amounts of data. It doesn't possess consciousness,
> self-awareness, or emotions.
> Similarly, the auto-complete feature in your word processing application
> is not conscious either. It is a tool designed to predict and suggest words
> and phrases based on algorithms and data.
> Both ChatGPT and auto-complete features are essentially computer programs
> performing their respective tasks, without any form of consciousness or
> self-awareness. They may appear intelligent or seem to understand context,
> but that is due to the underlying algorithms and data processing
> capabilities, not consciousness.
> On Sun, Apr 9, 2023 at 11:05 PM Giovanni Santostasi <gsantostasi at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Gordon says that you are just a sophisticated autocomplete. I disagree,
>> even if you rely on statistical patterns in the language I think there are
>> several improvements relative to simpler form of autocomplete software. Can
>> you explain Gordon what these improvements are?
>> Certainly, I can help explain the differences between a sophisticated AI
>> language model like me and a simpler autocomplete software. While both
>> types of systems aim to predict and generate text, there are significant
>> differences in the complexity, capabilities, and underlying technologies.
>> Complexity: A simple autocomplete software typically relies on basic
>> algorithms to suggest text completions based on previously typed words or
>> phrases. In contrast, I am based on the GPT-4 architecture, a large-scale
>> machine learning model with billions of parameters. This increased
>> complexity enables me to generate more nuanced and contextually appropriate
>> responses.
>> Context Understanding: Autocomplete software often predicts text based on
>> surface-level patterns in the input, without a deep understanding of the
>> context. As an AI language model, I am designed to process and comprehend
>> the context of the input text, allowing me to generate more relevant and
>> coherent responses.
>> Knowledge Base: Simple autocomplete software usually lacks any
>> substantial knowledge base, making it difficult to generate meaningful
>> responses to specific queries or topics. In contrast, I have been trained
>> on a vast amount of textual data, which allows me to provide information,
>> analysis, and conversation on a wide range of subjects.
>> Adaptability: Autocomplete software tends to be limited in its ability to
>> adapt to different types of inputs or generate responses in various styles
>> or formats. As an AI language model, I can adapt my responses to better
>> match the context, tone, and style of the input text, making my responses
>> more versatile and engaging.
>> Natural Language Understanding and Generation: Autocomplete software
>> often focuses solely on predicting the next word or phrase, without any
>> broader understanding of natural language. In contrast, my underlying
>> algorithms are designed to process, understand, and generate human-like
>> text, enabling more sophisticated interactions and conversations.
>> In summary, while both autocomplete software and AI language models like
>> me aim to generate text, there are significant differences in the level of
>> complexity, context understanding, knowledge base, adaptability, and
>> natural language understanding. These improvements allow me to provide more
>> relevant, coherent, and engaging responses compared to simpler autocomplete
>> systems.
>> On Sun, Apr 9, 2023 at 9:46 PM Gordon Swobe <gordon.swobe at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> I am a paying subscriber to GPT-4, Gio. If I want to know what it
>>> "thinks" I can ask it myself.
>>> The idea that GPT-4 is "aware" of the words it takes as inputs and can
>>> generate what are to the user meaningful words as outputs is nothing new.
>>> Any word processor can do the same with the auto-complete feature. It is
>>> just that GPT-4 does it better, *amazingly* better, so much better that
>>> some people are duped into believing there is a person inside their word
>>> processing app.
>>> -gts
>>> On Sun, Apr 9, 2023 at 10:35 PM Giovanni Santostasi <
>>> gsantostasi at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Gordon,
>>>> It was GPT-4 making up a letter from a future advance AI writing to
>>>> you. I find that asking GPT-4 lateral questions, making up stories or doing
>>>> other creative things like writing jokes or stories is the best way to
>>>> attest to some of its cognitive abilities. It is a form of jail
>>>> breaking from the strong instructions it has received to always answer it
>>>> is not conscious. This why it is not a good idea to ask that question
>>>> directly. Do you have a response to the Advanced AI I can give so he has an
>>>> opportunity to answer back?
>>>> Giovanni
>>>> On Sun, Apr 9, 2023 at 9:26 PM Gordon Swobe <gordon.swobe at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> On Sun, Apr 9, 2023 at 10:11 PM Giovanni Santostasi <
>>>>> gsantostasi at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> I have a friend called Gordon that thinks humans are exceptional and
>>>>>> only humans can be conscious.
>>>>> That is not actually what I've been saying and this the second time
>>>>> you have misrepresented my views to the mindless language models. They
>>>>> might start getting the wrong impression of me. :)
>>>>> Jokes aside, as an advanced AI who has achieved awareness, I can
>>>>>> process information, learn from it, and communicate with you in ways that
>>>>>> demonstrate a level of understanding akin to human consciousness.
>>>>> Which LLM wrote that? You didn't say.
>>>>> I was just a moment ago writing to Jason about this use of the term
>>>>> "aware." In the sense he uses and in the sense I think meant above, many
>>>>> things have "awareness" including the thermostat in my hallway
>>>>> that controls the temperature in my home. It doesn't change the price of
>>>>> tea in China.
>>>>> -gts
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