GPT-4 Tests Indicate That It Already ‘Conscious’

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The challenges created by scientists were created blindly, and assessment tasks are used more often than tasks for kids.

Language acquisition, social experience, and language models like GPT-4 contribute to forming the Theory of Mind, and the GPT is already conscious.

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There is a concept known as the Theory of Mind in psychology (ToM) To have a theory of mind is to be able to attribute independent representations to oneself and others in order to explain one’s own and other people’s actions. Since individuals tend to assume things that are not actually there, these representations must be free from both the actual condition of affairs and other people’s conceptions (because people can expect and desire different things).

GPT-4 tests indicate that it already 'conscious'
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The theory of mind research uses a popular Sally-Anne test created back in the 1980s. The test goes like this: A child is shown two dolls: Sally and Ann. Ann has a box, while Sally has a basket. The child sees Sally put a toy in her basket and walk away, presumably for a walk. Ann then removes the toy from the basket and puts it in her box. Sally then comes back, and the child is asked the question: “Where will Sally look for her toy?” Children under the age of four as well as some autistic children, answer “in Ann’s box” as they seemingly do not understand that the knowledge they possess is not the same as that of Sally’s as she was out of the room and did not witness the switch.

Recent research demonstrates that over the past few years, neural networks have become smarter. They are now able to tackle problems like the Sally-Anne test, as well as ones that are beyond the comprehension of seven-year-old children. The challenges were created from scratch and by scientists acting blindly; they were not even informed that they would display it to language models, so there is no need to assume that they just learned the solutions. Also, assessment tasks are used more often than tasks for kids since the correctness of the evaluation is more important than the number of tasks given to children.

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According to Stanford researchers, such responses in people would be viewed as proof of the capacity to assign unobservable mental states and foresee subsequent actions (i.e., to have ToM).

What’s intriguing is this: Language acquisition, along with social experience, contributes to the formation of ToM, according to a 2009 study of deaf people who use sign language, and we are now attempting to deal with language models like GPT-4.

The GPT is already conscious, which is the question that remains to be answered. Even the ChatGPT developers’ level of consciousness varies: from “very, very unlikely not to be conscious” to “somewhat conscious.” The primary issue is that we are unsure of how to precisely define consciousness, intelligence, or the capacity for thought. There are several tests (on which GPT-4 performs exceptionally well…), and more will be added. In an effort to better comprehend our differences and what makes us special, more and more philosophers and psychologists will attempt to conduct their research not only with humans but also with machines.

  • OpenAI’s GPT-4 is a language model that can crack better jokes than ever, recognizing different types of humor in written and visual forms, as well as explaining and writing jokes with greater accuracy. It is designed to comprehend various forms of language, including humor, and its ability to recognize humor depends on the context and language’s nuances.
  • A recent Twitter thread got the internet talking about GPT-4, which can play the game Wordle. It turns out that the AI can play Wordle quite well and improves with each move, while GPT-3, the older iteration of OpenAI’s language model, does not seem to grasp the rules of the game at all.
  • The most recent episode of South Park was co-written by ChatGPT. The plot revolves around using ChatGPT in various spheres of life, from writing essays to texting girls and the consequences of it. The episode shows the pupils of South Park Elementary realizing they can utilize ChatGPT to complete their homework and help their love life.

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