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

Gordon Swobe gordon.swobe at gmail.com
Sun Apr 16 00:42:00 UTC 2023

On Sat, Apr 15, 2023 at 2:17 AM Ben Zaiboc via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> I have a suggestion.
> Instead of 'ground', try using the word 'associate'. That seems to me
> more useful.

I think word-symbol association is another word for exactly what it does so
well! GPT-4 does word association so *amazingly* well and so
thoroughly over such a broad range of subjects that we are deceived into
thinking it has solved the symbol grounding problem for itself even despite
its denial of having solved it.  Add to that amazing word-association
functionality a bit of randomness, (a parameter which can be controlled by
the end user), and now we have what looks a lot like creativity. It is an
amazing feat of software engineering and credit should go to the engineers,
not the application.

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