GPT-3: Intelligent A.I. or Vacant Programming?

Are you scared yet, human?

Intelligence, Narrow AI and General AI

In order to have a meaningful and nuanced discussion over this topic, we first need to define intelligence.

intelligence is the ability to accomplish complex goals.

Artificial intelligence can be defined as a broad area of computer science that makes machines seem as though they have human intelligence.

What Kind of AI is GPT-3?

GPT-3, like all other AI that we are surrounded by today, falls within the realm of Narrow AI.

The Turing Test vs Winograd Schema Challenge

The Turing Test is a preliminary method of inquiry in AI for determining whether or not a computer is capable of thinking like a human being. A machine is said to have passed the Turing Test if it can successfully deceive a covert human inquirer into believing that it, too, is human.

Intelligence vs Consciousness

Instead of asking whether or not GPT-3 is intelligent in the way that humans are, we should ask the following two questions:

  1. Is GPT-3 conscious and self-aware? No.

The “Holy Shit” Moment

Despite the above, we must be wary to dismiss the remarkable feat that GPT-3 has accomplished. GPT-3 is an extremely powerful prediction tool and what it has accomplished in the realm of Narrow AI is absolutely astonishing.

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