[ExI] ChatGPT-4 gets the joke, almost

Gordon Swobe gordon.swobe at gmail.com
Mon Apr 24 23:54:47 UTC 2023

Yes the engineers at OpenAI deserve praise, Gio. I write software myself,
by the way, though I am recently retired. I am envious that I am not a
young developer at OpenAI or Google working on these projects.

I see nothing “superstitious” about my position. On the contrary, it is you
who believes there is a ghost in the machine. You should start a religion.


On Mon, Apr 24, 2023 at 5:46 PM Giovanni Santostasi <gsantostasi at gmail.com>

> And still, Gordon claims GPT-4 doesn't understand. So ridiculous. And
> notice he praises the engineers because in his superstitious belief, it is
> not the machine that is intelligent, it is the engineers that program it,
> they have the merit to create something that "mimics" understanding. That
> maybe be true but it is completely beyond the point, but any excuse is good
> when dealing with cognitive dissonance.
> Giovanni
> On Mon, Apr 24, 2023 at 4:09 PM Gordon Swobe via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> On Mon, Apr 24, 2023 at 4:46 PM Jason Resch via extropy-chat <
>> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>>> This is the first instance I'm aware of seeing AI show a sense of humor
>>> by getting a joke. Thank you for sharing it!
>> Sure thing. The developers at OpenAI seem to have made progress on this
>> front in version 4.
>> Here is a joke of mine that it did not get, but was able to get after I
>> informed it that it was a joke:
>> Me:  A friend of mine was telling me all about how his girlfriend thought
>> she was pregnant. Period. End of story.
>> GPT-4: It sounds like your friend and his girlfriend experienced a
>> pregnancy scare. These situations can be quite stressful for couples, as
>> they often involve uncertainty and important life decisions. It's crucial
>> for your friend and his girlfriend to communicate openly about their
>> feelings and concerns in order to navigate this situation effectively. They
>> might also want to consider discussing their plans for the future, such as
>> whether they want to have children, and what steps they could take to
>> prevent unintended pregnancies (e.g., using contraception consistently and
>> correctly).
>> Me: I was telling you a joke and you didn't get it
>> .
>> GPT-4: Apologies for misunderstanding the context of your statement. As
>> an AI language model, I sometimes struggle to recognize sarcasm or humor
>> without clear indications. If you have any other questions or topics you'd
>> like to discuss, feel free to ask, and I'll do my best to provide a helpful
>> response.
>> Me: Do you understand why it was funny?
>> GPT-4: Upon re-reading your original message, I understand that you were
>> attempting to create a humorous situation by using a play on words with
>> "period" and "end of story." In this context, "period" can be interpreted
>> as both the end of a sentence and a woman's menstrual cycle. By saying
>> "period" followed by "end of story," you were implying that the
>> girlfriend's period arrived, indicating that she was not pregnant, and that
>> this resolved the situation.
>> My earlier response did not recognize the humor in your statement, but I
>> hope this explanation demonstrates my understanding of the intended joke.
>> ---
>> GPT-4 is quite ready to be the life of the party, but they are working on
>> it. :)
>> -gts
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