Blade Runner - according the AI
By Bruce Barbour and ChatGPT (and a myriad of other unacknowledged people that ChatGPT "borrowed" information and style from) - February 2023
This is a second article about ChatGPT. Read the earlier article on Climate Change here.
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We have all heard about artificial intelligence (AI) and in particular one of its pre-incarnations - ChatGPT. I thought I would give it a try to see what it "thought" about the movie "Blade Runner", one of my favourite movies. That "conversation" is below.
My impressions. Pretty impressive. At the same time a bit scary.
If I didn't know it was written by a piece of software I would have thought it was written by a human. It has a naturalistic conversational style. But at the same time very cool, lacking emotion.
It was scary as you can see the potential to take over some jobs. Copy writers for example. It appears that it would be able to write a background piece on a person or company. It would be able to write say an obituary of a well known person. I can see it being able to write whole online news sites by simply taking the work of a number of other news sites on a topic and writing its own version - not copying and pasting but rewriting. Does the human based rule "take the work of one person and its plagiarism, take the work of multiple people and its good research" apply to software systems? It mustn't. This could be devastating to online journalism. As big as the impact of the birth of the internet was on the business model of newspapers. The problem is that the system is not doing any original research. It is not getting any scoops. Asking the hard questions. And if online news sites - with journalists - loose readers to the auto generated site who is going to pay for the original research. Politicians need to get on top of this. Once it is commercialised - I understand that it is going to be incorporated into the Bing seach engine - blocking software needs to be developed and funding models worked out to pay the authors for their original research and writing. And if for example it is using Wikipedia as an information payments should be made to that organisation to support its operations.
If it does become part of the Bing search engine it should be required to provide a list of its sources for the information it provides - to enable the user to check and also to do more research as well.
Another issue that I can see is that if it in part or wholly replaces traditional search engines it would cut out a lot of information sources and a lot of diversity of views. A search engine typically provides lists of thousands of hits. While the further you get down the list the less likely the hit will provide the information sought it is not uncommon to find the information on say the third page of the search results. Would that be able to be found via a ChatGPT interrogation? So while I see ChatGPT as being a tool it should not replace the traditional search - not at least until the technology is even further advanced.
I can see why educators are concerned. They have to rethink how they teach and assess students' education. Using the tool a student wouldn't have to have read the book - just ask ChatGPT for a book review. Of course if the whole class did that you think it would be readily apparent to the teacher. But it could also be a good tool for education. But it might replace some teachers!
So many issues to be resolved. Anyway:
18 February 2023.
Bruce: What is your favorite science fiction movie?
Here is a rough outline of the story:
Overall, "Blade Runner" is a visually stunning and
thought-provoking film that explores themes of identity,
mortality, and the nature of humanity.
Ultimately, the reasons behind Batty's decision to save Deckard
are left open to interpretation, and the scene is one of the most
memorable and poignant moments in the film.
The beauty of "Blade Runner" lies in its open-endedness and the many ways it can be understood and appreciated. The film's ambiguous and thought-provoking ending invites viewers to draw their own conclusions and contemplate the implications of its themes, such as the nature of humanity, the treatment of sentient beings, and the ethics of technology.
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