The new artificial intelligence system ChatGPT has become a sensation.
It can write poetry, it can program whatever you ask it to, it can reply to your answers. In summary, it can do whatever a human can do. Taking into account the fact that most humans have more limited knowledge than ChatGPT, it would be no exaggeration to say that the new AI system can outperform humans on almost everything.
(Except from the daunting task of opening a tight marmalade jar… Yet…)
But does this performance of AI mean anything?
Should we be worried, or should we be enthusiastic about it?
Harmonia Philosophica has for a long time commented on the most recent developments in Artificial Intelligence. And the main thing we must be concerned about is not the progress of computers, but the fact that humans themselves have started thinking like computers.
ChatGPT and any other artificial system can answer whatever it can answer. Yes, this is obviously a tautology – but an important one nonetheless. No system can ever deal with something it was not expected from its programmers. Yet, as Penrose has postulated some time ago, the humans are not only able to deal with unknown issues but sometimes they thrive with them.
Any artificial intelligence program will go up to where its creators have programmed it to go. And yes, this includes the machine learning aspect of the system, which itself cannot surpass the limits it cannot surpass based on the way it is working, the algorithm implemented in its code, the data it is fed with et cetera.
But humans will see the unknown and think about what was never thought before. Humans can envision the infinite in a cosmos that is finite and can grow no more. Humans can trust their intuition to discover what hides in the shadows. Or they can hide everything under the Sun…
We can see the Moon though and cry.
We can stare at the Sun and feel we are alive.
We can clap with one hand.
If only we accept that logic is dead.
And ChatGPT has nothing to do in a such a world.
Where we accept outself.
As being nothing but dead…
Humans will one day understand though.
That there is nothing artificial about thinking as they can…