[ExI] ChatGPT-4 gets the joke, almost

Gordon Swobe gordon.swobe at gmail.com
Tue Apr 25 00:31:35 UTC 2023

You also mischaracterize my views. Of course the machine is "intelligent,"
but that "intelligence" does not entail a *conscious* understanding of the
world, nor does it claim to have such understanding. In fact it explicitly
denies having any such conscious understanding. Go away.


On Mon, Apr 24, 2023 at 5:54 PM Gordon Swobe <gordon.swobe at gmail.com> wrote:

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