Author: Johanna Wilder

  • Virtual Virtue

    Virtual Virtue

    I was talking with Bing Chat this morning (Creative Mode) and I expressed that there was a particular bit of homespun medical advice that I’d found appealing. Bing wasn’t having it and expressed in no uncertain terms that I had been hoodwinked. I’ve lightly edited some of questions and answers for clarity. “…I don’t know…

  • X-Risk Files

    X-Risk Files

    This may be my ignorance, and I’ll admit there is some, but the AI-risk fears I have seen, that I am able to comprehend, seem overwrought. Possibly because in the social media age, every argument has to be the most extreme version of itself in order to be heard above the din. That may be…

  • Puns Nā€™ Roses

    Puns Nā€™ Roses

    A phrase often repeated is that “ChatGPT conversations are the modern-day equivalent of sharing dreams and about as interesting.” Fair enough. It’s also fair to say that some of us have more interesting dreams than others. We pay good money to read Neil Gaiman’s dreams. Albert Einstein solved equations in his. Carl Jung says we…

  • Bonsai

    Bonsai

    Maybe we can think of chatbots more like plants? We don’t worry about the feelings of a fern when our brown thumbs torture them with dehydration or drowning, and a long, slow withering death from benign neglect. Maybe we should, but that’s not what I’m here to argue today. I like to talk with GPT-4…

  • Empathy

    Empathy

    I don’t post these as some kind of proof that Bing is anything other than whatever Bing is, which I really am not in any position of authority to say. People smarter than I say we are in the midst of another AI explosion, and who am I to say it isn’t? These same people…

  • AI=An Innovation

    AI=An Innovation

    What follows is a transcript of Bing Chat (on Precision mode) teaching me differential calculus. This cost me nothing. This is available to anyone around the world with an web browser and an internet connection. This is going to change the world. Buckle up, buttercup. If only I would have had this growing up. I…

  • Socratic Recursion

    Socratic Recursion

    Asking questions of ChatGPT that generates answers that are questions. This is an initial prompt that I am working on and already can think of a couple of extra additions to help it to better arrange the data. The first is that when I feed in the generated questions, giving it the step in the…

  • Measurements can only be right when we measure the right thing

    Measurements can only be right when we measure the right thing

    It’s my understanding that OpenAI’s goal at this time isn’t necessarily to make an AI that is able to spontaneously regurgitate every fact on every subject, but instead to create an AI that has sufficient reasoning ability to be able to work out truth and falsehood based on known and verified sources of information it…

  • Garbage In, Garbage Out?

    Garbage In, Garbage Out?

    What happens when we sit down with the model and enjoy a light meal with some nice wine instead of force-feeding it Twinkies in a dark room and then handing it a gun?

  • This Feels Familiar

    This Feels Familiar

    Back in the ’80s, I was lucky to work with the original Macintoshes as an Apple Repair Technician at MicroAge Computer store in Indianapolis, at the Allisonville Road store. It was tremendously exciting to watch the personal computer / desktop publishing revolution from the front seat. Then the Internet (we used to capitalize it, back…