[ExI] text singularity

spike at rainier66.com spike at rainier66.com
Thu Jan 12 18:01:14 UTC 2023



From: extropy-chat <extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org> On Behalf Of Dave S via extropy-chat
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Subject: Re: [ExI] text singularity


On Wednesday, January 11th, 2023 at 6:46 PM, spike jones via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org <mailto:extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> > wrote:

Reason has an interesting take on Vinge’s singularity, by focusing on a particular aspect.  We think of a general AI singularity, but this writer Michael Munger looks at only how ChatGPT and its cousins will impact writing.  He makes some really good points here:


The Future of GPT4 Chatbot Text Production (reason.com) <https://reason.com/2023/01/10/the-text-singularity/?utm_medium=email> 


>…Which points do you think are really good? I wasn't that impressed with the article. -Dave

Dave the article got me to thinking the capital S Singularity model is wrong.  This is an extrapolation beyond the intent of the article of course.  

We have been shown repeatedly that most of what humans do does not require intelligence.  We were most surprised when we found out good chess doesn’t require intelligence, followed by our current demonstration that intelligence is insufficient for the top levels in that once exclusively human activity.

We found out that it doesn’t take intelligence to write a good essay.  It still does require intelligence to write an excellent essay, but plenty of biological intelligence is incapable of a good essay.  ChatGPT can generate good essays on any topic we choose.  Do try it.

We have seen that software can create abstract art better than some of the highest value modern painters.  That isn’t AI.

We are being shown that the future doesn’t need us.  Even if the capital S Singularity never happens, human intelligence may be largely replaced anyway, using non-AI software.  ChatGPT was a really big small s singularity in education.  We are being shown that intelligence is no longer necessary to be a good teacher.  It may be necessary to be an excellent teacher, but plenty of teachers are not able to match the level worthy of the rating of good teacher.

Cool.  Now we have arbitrarily many free good teachers.





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