Humanist Archives: March 29, 2023, 1:02 p.m. Humanist 36.493 - a simple question about chatty AI
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 493.
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Date: 2023-03-29 09:23:02+00:00
From: Willard McCarty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: a simple question about chatty AI
Approaching the topic of ChatGPT and its kind with very high regard for
Italo Calvino's "Cybernetics and Ghosts", I have this simple question
about the former: is there any reason to think that because units of
language bear meaning for humans that ChatGPT &al. do not hold promise
of arranging what we have written in "new and perspicuous ways"* and so
producing new genuinely valuable insights?
*Richard Rorty, "Being that can be understood is language", London
Review of Books (16 March): 23-5. Rpt. in Gadamer’s Repercussions:
Reconsidering Philosophical Hermeneutics, ed. Bruce Krajewski. 21-9.
Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press.
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews; Humanist
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