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Humanist Archives: March 7, 2023, 6:55 a.m. Humanist 36.423 - Bateson on a chatty machine

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        Date: 2023-03-06 10:38:23+00:00
        From: David Zeitlyn <>
        Subject: Bateson and chatgpt

Dear all

just seen this and thought of the chatgpt correspondence:

There is a story which I have used before and shall use again: A
man wanted to know about mind, not in nature, but in his private large
computer. He asked it (no doubt in his best Fortran),"Do you compute
that you will ever think like a human being?" The machine then set to
work to analyze its own computational habits. Finally, the machine
printed its answer on a piece of paper, as such machines do. The man
ran to get the answer and found, neatly typed, the words:

Gregory Bateson - Mind and nature  1979 p13

best wishes


Professor David Zeitlyn  ORCID: 0000-0001-5853-7351
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA), University of Oxford, 51
Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PF, UK.

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