Discussion in 'Computer Science & Culture' started by Seattle, Feb 24, 2023.

  1. Seattle Valued Senior Member

    Chatgpt is interesting but often wrong.

    If you ask it to list all the countries in the world that start with the letter "V" it will say there are no countries. If you say, what about Vanuatu it will apologize and say you're correct. Unless you save your file, the next time you ask, it will still say there are none.

    So I decided to ask it to list all the countries in the world (there are 196) and it offered to list them all alphabetically but it stopped at 150. I then asked it how many countries started with "V" and it said none.

    I asked it why it stopped after country 150 and it said sorry, I misread your question and then it listed them again but this time it stopped after 141? That was odd so I asked it why did you do that? It apologized and then said that it was character limited as to how long its response could be but offered to list them all. This time it listed all 196 and then I asked it to list all countries that start with "V" it listed 4 (the appropriate number).

    So I guess this means that even when I didn't ask it to print them all out, it was doing that in the background to come to my answer and even then it was character limited?

    It's interesting to try to figure out its "logic". Even when you get a wrong answer you can usually re-ask the question in a more specific way and you will then get a correct answer.

    Of course, if you didn't already know much about the subject matter you wouldn't know what to ask.

    I asked it to list the planets that started with "V" and it said there were none and then listed the planets, including Venus. I think a more accurate approach for Chatgpt seems to be to ask it to list all the members of the set and then to ask it to list the subset (everything starting with V) and then it would usually get that correct.
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  3. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

    I like how it apologizes when wrong. It could teach humanity a thing or two about humility.

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  5. C C Consular Corps - "the backbone of diplomacy" Valued Senior Member

    ChatGPT has been programmed to avoid giving accurate information if it may cause offense

    IOW, we'll never have uncompromised AI, due to a universal ethics standard of "avoiding physical and psychological cruelty in various forms and degrees" that is perpetually refined down to ever more delicate sensitivities.

    That extremely broad standard falls out via it being the survivor of the moral relativism that collectivism-oriented philosophy ultimately "evolves" to, since it must stitch together the conflicting values of different cultures in its monomaniacal pursuit of social justice utopia or orchestrating us toward a perfect humankind.

    It incrementally gets "refined down" to ever more ludicrous considerations because that portion of the intellectual class that deems itself the enlightened shepherd of us all unsurprisingly needs to maintain its empowerment or guiding influence (it's as much a job and career securing industry as some parallel altruistic movements of Christianity). On occasions when a social problem actually does get mitigated (for whatever real reasons), the resulting loss for the propaganda machine spurs it to conceptually and perceptually discriminate new sources or fine-tunings of personal harms and oppression.
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  8. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    Me: "Write me a poem about a possum and some car keys."


    A possum was looking for a place to sleep
    He found a car that was parked on the street
    He crawled inside and felt so cozy
    He didn't notice the shiny car keys

    He snuggled up on the driver's seat
    And dreamed of berries and nuts to eat
    But in the morning he heard a beep
    The owner had come to claim his jeep

    The possum woke up with a fright
    He grabbed the keys and held them tight
    He thought they were his lucky charm
    He didn't mean to cause any harm

    But the owner was angry and scared
    He yelled at the possum and glared
    He tried to snatch the keys away
    But the possum refused to obey

    They had a tug-of-war for a while
    The possum showed his teeth and smiled
    He thought it was a fun game to play
    But the owner didn't see it that way

    Finally, the owner gave up and sighed
    He decided to let the possum decide
    He said "You can keep the keys if you want"
    And left the car with a grunt

    The possum was happy and proud
    He felt like he had won a crowd
    He hung the keys around his neck
    And drove away in his new wreck.
  9. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    Me: Can you re-write the poem about the possum using iambic pentameter?


    A possum sought a place to rest his head
    He found a car that on the street was parked
    He climbed inside and felt a warmth so sweet
    He did not see the keys that brightly sparked

    He curled up on the seat where drivers sit
    And dreamed of tasty berries and of nuts
    But in the morn he heard a sound so loud
    The owner had arrived to claim his truck

    The possum woke and felt a sudden fear
    He clutched the keys and thought they brought him luck
    He did not know they were not his to keep
    He did not mean to make the owner stuck

    But angry was the owner and afraid
    He shouted at the possum and he frowned
    He tried to take the keys back from his grasp
    But stubborn was the possum and he growled

    They pulled and tugged for quite a longish time
    The possum showed his teeth and gave a grin
    He thought it was a game that they could play
    But not amused was owner by this sin

    At last, the owner gave up and he sighed
    He let the possum have his way at last
    He said "You can keep those keys if you desire"
    And left behind his car without contrast

    The possum felt so happy and so proud
    He thought that he had won a prize so grand
    He wore the keys around his furry neck
    And drove away in his new contraband.
  10. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    Me: Can you summarise that poem as a limerick?


    There once was a possum so sly
    Who found a car keys and thought "Oh my!"
    He took them as his own
    And left the owner alone
    And drove away in his new ride.
  11. Write4U Valued Senior Member

    Try this on for size
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