[ExI] A GPT-3 bot posted comments on Reddit for a week and no one noticed

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 10 05:10:28 UTC 2020

The bot reminds me of the android named Father, in the new Ridley Scott
series, "Raised by Wolves."

"Would you like to hear a joke?"

On Fri, Oct 9, 2020, 1:43 PM Stuart LaForge via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> Quoting BillK:
> > A GPT-3 bot posted comments on Reddit for a week and no one noticed
> I can sympathize with the poor bot. I too have posted on social media
> and had nobody notice. ;-P
> > Under the username /u/thegentlemetre, the bot was interacting with
> > people on /r/AskReddit, a popular forum for general chat with 30
> > million users.
> All kidding aside, I have read the bot's posts at
> https://www.reddit.com/user/thegentlemetre/?sort=top and it is
> mind-blowing how perfectly this bot is playing Turing's imitation game.
> Here is but one example where this bot gets philosophically deep and
> deconstructs a Gandhi quote when answering the ask Reddit question:
> "What motivational quote is actually terrible if you think of it?"
> thegentlemetre responds:
> "In order for something to be motivational, it must have a positive
> effect on the human who hears or reads it. The quote 'Happiness is
> when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony' by
> Mahatma Gandhi is not necessarily inspirational because one may
> interpret that as meaning that any time a person thinks about
> something they want to do then they should pursue it immediately which
> could cause them to act rashly without thinking properly of their
> actions. Therefore, this quote could cause a lot of problems if it is
> not interpreted properly. This makes the quote rather poor and quite
> terrible as well.
> If a person hears this quote, it could cause them to ignore what they
> may think is right and pursue something that they want without
> thinking about the consequences of their actions. This can lead to
> them acting rashly and without thinking. Therefore, despite the quote
> being inspirational in a sense, it is rather terrible because in
> reality it does not work.
> I do not think that a person who is reading this should take it to
> heart, but rather interpret it as they wish.
> Another quote, 'Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious
> is to die daily' by Napoleon Bonaparte has a similar issue."
> > It was posting in bursts of roughly once a minute.
> > (Which gave the game away eventually).
> It is a good litmus test of the state of the art when an AI gives
> itself away not by making bizarre mistakes but by being being
> superhuman.
> Stuart LaForge
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