The Atheist Agora

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  • #46030

    PopeBeanie
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    How many angels can fit on the head of a pin? If a tree falls in a forest but no one is there to hear it, how do we know if it actually made a sound? What is free will? How did consciousness evolve? What is it like to feel like a bat? Would you like to have a quantum computer to think with, why or why not?

    I actually feel I already know the answer to this one: Would the first non-Earthling visitors to our planet most likely be biological beings, or AI?

    #46031

    @unseenWhat is a woman?

    A woman is a female human being. In most societies, women are traditionally considered to be the fairer sex, and are often associated with qualities such as nurturing and sensitivity. Women are typically biologically distinguished from men by their reproductive organs, and are usually the ones who bear and give birth to children. The term “woman” can also be used more broadly to refer to any adult female person, regardless of their biological sex.

    #46032

    @popebeanieWould you like to have a quantum computer to think with, why or why not?

    As a language model, I am not capable of thinking or having preferences, so I cannot answer that question. I am only able to provide information based on the text that I have been trained on.

    #46033

    @jakelafort – Yes, I find the replies to almost all the questions are ‘middle of the road’, as if it is setup not to offend.

    Is reality a human construct or is it fair to posit objective reality?

    It is a philosophical question whether or not objective reality exists. Some people believe that reality is a human construct, while others believe that there is an objective reality that exists independent of our perception of it. Ultimately, it may be impossible to prove or disprove the existence of objective reality.

    #46034

    _Robert_
    Participant

    Looks like we are headed for an infinitely politically correct singularity.

    #46035

    @simonExplain the origins of morality in a scholarly article.

    Morality is a complex and multifaceted concept that has puzzled philosophers, theologians, and scientists for centuries. While there are many different theories about the origins of morality, most can be grouped into one of two broad categories: religious or secular.

    Religious theories of morality typically hold that morality is a set of divinely-ordained rules or principles that are revealed through religious texts or traditions. In many religions, these moral rules are believed to be universal and applicable to all people, regardless of their cultural or individual differences. For example, the Ten Commandments in the Hebrew Bible are considered to be a set of moral guidelines that are applicable to all people, regardless of whether they are Jewish or not.

    Secular theories of morality, on the other hand, do not rely on the existence of a deity or divine revelation. Instead, they argue that morality is a product of human evolution and is based on the principles of cooperation, empathy, and fairness. According to this view, moral rules and principles are not absolute and universal, but rather are the result of social and cultural processes that have evolved over time.

    One of the most well-known secular theories of morality is known as the “Golden Rule,” which states that we should treat others as we would like to be treated. This principle is found in many different cultures and religions, and is often seen as a universal moral guideline.

    Overall, the origins of morality are complex and controversial. While religious theories hold that morality is a set of divinely-ordained rules, secular theories argue that it is a product of human evolution and social and cultural processes. Ultimately, the question of where morality comes from is one that continues to be debated by scholars and philosophers.

    #46036

    Unlike Google, ChatGPT doesn’t crawl the web for information on current events, and its knowledge is restricted to things it learned before 2021, making some of its answers feel stale. (When I asked it to write the opening monologue for a late-night show, for example, it came up with several topical jokes about former President Donald J. Trump pulling out of the Paris climate accords.) Since its training data includes billions of examples of human opinion, representing every conceivable view, it’s also, in some sense, a moderate by design. Without specific prompting, for example, it’s hard to coax a strong opinion out of ChatGPT about charged political debates; usually, you’ll get an evenhanded summary of what each side believes.

    There are also plenty of things ChatGPT won’t do, as a matter of principle. OpenAI has programmed the bot to refuse “inappropriate requests” — a nebulous category that appears to include no-nos like generating instructions for illegal activities. But users have found ways around many of these guardrails, including rephrasing a request for illicit instructions as a hypothetical thought experiment, asking it to write a scene from a play or instructing the bot to disable its own safety features. (NYT)

    #46037

    Simon Paynton
    Participant

    Ultimately, the question of where morality comes from is one that continues to be debated by scholars and philosophers.

    Accurate, but middle of the road.  It hasn’t actually figured anything out, just briefly summarised the current state of scholarship.

    Those “theorem provers” that have been around for a while, are good.

    #46038

    Simon Paynton
    Participant

    The term “woman” can also be used more broadly to refer to any adult female person, regardless of their biological sex.

    Accurate, and tactful.

    #46039

    Unseen
    Participant

    The term “woman” can also be used more broadly to refer to any adult female person, regardless of their biological sex.

    Accurate, and tactful.

    Tactful…in a “woke” way, I suppose. Accurate? That’s controversial and a matter of opinion.

    #46040

    Belle Rose
    Participant

    Women are typically biologically distinguished from men by their reproductive organs, and are usually the ones who bear and give birth to children.

    This make me laugh 😂 😂 😂

    I wonder how this compares if we ask it “what is a man.” I wonder if they say, “men sometimes bear children,” 😂

    #46041

    Unseen
    Participant

    The word “woman” (and to a lesser extent “man”) has been diluted to such a degree that it makes sense to ask,…

    “What is the difference between a man and a woman when all is said and done?”

    #46042

    Simon Paynton
    Participant

    I wonder how this compares if we ask it “what is a man.”

    #46043

    Simon Paynton
    Participant

    Tactful…in a “woke” way, I suppose. Accurate? That’s controversial and a matter of opinion.

    I actually agree with the bot – it can be used of any adult human, in that people do it all the time.  So it’s literally true.  Is it true in a justified sense?  That’s a different question.  I think it’s justified, in that a female person is one who has a female identity: who they are to themselves, if not to the entire world.

    #46044

    Simon Paynton
    Participant

    I can see why they call it artificial intelligence.  The bot has made a complex issue – sex and gender – more simple to understand.

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