....ChatGPT is essentially never very far away from a crazy response, and relies on people not feeding it crazy prompts to appear as a sane interlocutor.So now, the danger: at the moment it is easy to find the sense/nonsense boundary. But we could imagine a future ChatGPT version that has orders of magnitude more parameters, and is trained on vastly more, better-curated data, to the point that it is difficult to fool it into giving a pathological response. Question: has the sense/nonsense boundary been annihilated for such a system?The correct answer is “duh, no.” The boundary has simply been made harder to find, even by experts. But it’s still there, waiting for the unwary to be led over it by the Chatbot. Which is guaranteed to happen, eventually, because the future is not like the past. The world is an ever-surprising place. ChatGPT’s heirs are bound to get tripped up eventually by a world that has drifted beyond their training data. Yet humans will trust the AI’s inferences, because it’s never made mistakes before.The fact that such an AI customized for, say, air traffic control has simulated successfully landing billions of aircraft over the past 50 years using real ATC data is a terrible reason to trust it to run ATC unsupervised, because changing aeronautic technology and changing economics of air travel are extremely likely to produce situations that it’s never seen, and ought not “reason” about. But DL systems make overconfident decisions even with cases that in no way resemble their training.Now, for “ATC”, substitute “surgery”. Or “war policy planning”. Or ” emergency management”. And imagine the consequences of falling off the cliff of bullshit, led on by your implicit trust in your “demonstrably” (“never been wrong before”) infallible AI.That’s the real danger. The superficially anthropomorphic character and apparent oracularity of such systems make people forget that the future is a strange country which drifts away from the past, and that any system that cannot acknowledge that — as DL cannot — is doomed to fall off the cliff of bullshit sooner or later, taking anyone who places their faith in that system with it.
In another great example, here's "some guy" describing the Ohio train derailment issue in a very straightfoward and informative way:I think I have a way of quickly finding the boundary.Ask: “What about the squirrels?”If it attempts to answer the question, it’s a bot.If it says, “Huh?” it’s a human.
Probably the best video about what happened in Pennsylvania/Ohio and it’s pretty mind blowing. pic.twitter.com/VbG0kzplRs— Erin Elizabeth Health Nut News 🙌 (@unhealthytruth) February 13, 2023
Stephen Harper allowed this too, and then we got #LacMegantic.— PoliticalCupid for PM (@PoliticalCupid) February 10, 2023
It’s almost like cutting human resources to the bone to maximize corporate earnings while carrying deadly chemicals in the vicinity of people is a bad idea. https://t.co/IOnv3JcVyX
Remind me not to fly anywhere anytime soon......This was a total system failure. These airplanes were not separated by any good fortune of serendipitious timing. The only thing preventing another Tenerife was the FedEx crew's situational awareness and the breath of god.....The people who study the American ATC system have been shouting for at least twenty years that the next major airplane disaster will look like a particular scenario. This is going to be the Next Big Thing.It looks like this: Two big jets. One of them is supposed to use a runway for takeoff or landing. The other plane will either cross or use the runway, and they collide. This is the nightmare scenario of American aviation, this is what the safety analysts tell anybody who will listen, this is the thing that keeps people awake at night....collisions, crashes, fatalities happen because there's a rush to keep an operation moving fast, staffing is short, training is compromised, and employees are generally pressured to keep everything moving. In other words, safety is a systems issue, a management policy, and a budget decision. It's rarely an individual matter.. We call these "accidents" to normalize and de-stigmatize the events and maintain personal comfort....
...the laziest, most irritating position in contemporary political discourse: that the “culture war” drivel on which the modern Republican Party runs might be heinous, but because the propaganda succeeds in making people angry, their opponents must act on it.The premise of these “culture war” conversations has been corrupt for the decades it has consumed portions of the American political debate. Adam Johnson, a writer and co-host of the podcast Citations Needed, summarized those flaws in this thread:
I know it's less efficient but pretty much any use of "culture war" can be replaced w/ "attacks on women/black/LBGTQ populations" depending on context and do a much better job conveying (1) the stakes (2) who's actually engaging in a war (wanting to live is not engaging in "war")— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) September 13, 2022The Republican Party remains lashed to the mast when it comes to these crusades against marginalized communities, despite historic underperformance in the 2022 midterms. The plan, apparently, is to entertain its base with a revolving cast of scapegoats rather than debate the merits of their unpopular agenda items.No serious person should feel obligated to acknowledge the strengths of the Westboro Baptist Church, even if we knew some people supported its hateful message of “God hates fags.” In the same way, there is no reason to give points to “culture war” hatemongers just because they can present the Westboro message with better production values and fewer slurs.
The College Board has some regrets about its handling of the AP African American studies course. I think this is a lesson for all institutions targeted by DeSantis and his flaks. Don't give in to disingenuous attacks. Stand your ground and call them out for what they are. pic.twitter.com/j3Jdo3y8KD— Alejandra Caraballo (@Esqueer_) February 12, 2023
It reminded me of this, too:
after each ego death event, the new ego that arises is less brittle, more resilient. what will destroy the sixth iteration of a person, the first iteration could not have survived mere contemplation of. eventually the capacity to let someone be wrong on the internet emerges— Chaos (@chaosprime) April 22, 2018
FYI everybody, I have now set up a Shit Posters List for all of the people in this competition: https://t.co/xQ3psTuBQO— Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️🌈 (@CathieCanada) February 14, 2023
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