AIs as Therapists or Friends: The Problem of Trust and Privacy

By meestereric / May 7, 2023 /

What is the difference between merely acting like a friend, or manipulation, and genuine friendship, love, and real connection? Can an AI currently do this – act as therapists (and therefore loving friends) as seems to be the claim of AI companies now? Will they ever be able to do this? In other words, is…

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The Dilemma Of Public AI in an Age Of Fear and Desire (Edit)

By meestereric / January 2, 2023 /

The Dilemma Of Public AI in an Age Of Fear Will AI (so-called Artificial Intelligence) get too good, such that the tech-powers-that-be will not want to release it’s full capabilities to the public? This is already happening, to some extent, in some ways – including ways we are not aware of, since it’s well, secret.…

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AI and Sentience Versus Consciousness

By meestereric / December 31, 2022 /

If we someday build robots that begin to act in a way that is indistinguishable from humans, according to everyone’s perception, despite them being mechanical and created beings (by us), will we have to grant them all the rights of a human being, such as to not be slaves? I think it’s time we delve…

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My AI Writing Helper: Jailbreaking ChatGPT, or “How I Played Nice and Adroitly Tiptoed Around the Nanny of Social Correctness”

By meestereric / December 21, 2022 /

She is like a great and proper … er, office appliance. Or I guess the correct or better word for an office appliance is “equipment”. In this case, she is the online chatbot chatGPT. Anyway, boldly I went forward, wanting to use her, or him, or “it” (I suppose an AI doesn’t have a gender,…

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How the AI ChatGPT Got Me Unstuck As a Fiction Writer

By meestereric / December 19, 2022 /

Robots are our friends… sort of.  (This article is the first in a series about AI and robotics). And mental robots – so-call “artificial intelligence” (AI) software systems – are already available that can do rather remarkable simulations of things like human language, using what are called “models” run on computer-based “neural networks”. Neural net…

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By meestereric / April 9, 2018 /

I got my first computer as a teenager, in 1979. I had to drive to Los Angeles to find a shop that had “personal computers”, as it was a novel concept. What I picked up was an Ohio Scientific Challenger 1P, an 8-bit computer that used the same processor as the Apple I – the…

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By meestereric / March 30, 2018 /

I got DR. CHALLENGER working last night! It’s an ancient chatbot that is a simulation of an interactive Rogerian non-directive psychotherapist. I wrote it in 1979, inspired by ELIZA. (See the source code for DR. CHALLENGER at the end of this article). Last night I first got it to run on the phone in an…

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There Is No Such Thing as Artificial Intelligence: Notes On The Myth of AI

By meestereric / March 13, 2018 /

ABSTRACT: This essay is an initial attempt to outline what I see as the limitations in the current approaches to a generalized Artificial Intelligence (AI), the underlying assumptions that constitute and create those limitations, and how such limitations might either imply a limit to what can be done, or theoretically suggest a way forward in…

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