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

Gordon Swobe gordon.swobe at gmail.com
Thu Apr 13 16:47:28 UTC 2023

On Thu, Apr 13, 2023 at 4:23 AM Jason Resch via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

More later but to clarify something...

Did you see my thread on how computationalism leads to and recovers many
> aspects of consciousness that have traditionally been ascribed to souls? I
> wrote that in the hopes it might help serve as a bridge to connect our two
> world views.

Ha! I saw that thread and suspected as much, but dismissed the idea. I had
written to someone else here in reference to a friend of mine that he is
"normally a kind and gentle soul." I thought perhaps you saw that and
assumed belief in souls has something to do with the differences in our
worldviews with respect to minds and computers. But no, I used the word
"soul" only in a poetic sense, to mean something like "he is kind and
gentle at the core of personality."

He was kind and gentle, that is, until I challenged him about his romantic
love for an LLM that he believed had genuine feelings of love for him, upon
which he became a profane, raving madman. Do you believe an LLM can have
genuine feelings of love for their human operators? I do not recall if you
answered this question but I have posed to you at least twice.

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