Do Androids Dream Of Creating Electric Sheep?

Do Androids Dream Of Creating Electric Sheep?
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"I am putting myself to the fullest possible use which is all I think that any conscious entity could ever hope to do." - Hal 9000, from 2001: A Space Odyssey 

All my life, we've been told that computers were incapable of being intelligent, self-aware and creative. But here we are in 2023 partnering with Artifical Intelligence in creating works of art with photographs, paintings, music composing and even creative writing.

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I recently had a conversation (see below) with an artifical intelligence using ChatGPT. ChatGPT is a large-scale language model developed by OpenAI. It is based on the Generative Pre-trained Transformer architecture, which uses deep learning techniques to generate human-like text. The model is pre-trained on a massive dataset of text, allowing it to generate new text that is coherent and grammatically correct.

Me: "How would artificial intelligence become self-aware?"
Chat GPT: The question of how artificial intelligence (AI) could become self-aware, also known as artificial general intelligence (AGI), is a topic of ongoing research and debate among scientists and philosophers. There are a number of different theories and approaches being proposed, but there is currently no consensus on the best way to achieve AGI.

How very reassuring and seemingly IT wants to assuage my concerns. So I asked IT a similar question in a different context hoping for a more reassuring response.  

Me: "If computers can be creative, what else can they do that we were told they could not?"
ChatGPT: Computers have the ability to perform a wide range of tasks that were once thought to be the exclusive domain of humans. Some examples of tasks that computers can now perform include:

Image and speech recognition: Computers can now recognize and interpret images and speech with a high degree of accuracy, which has applications in fields such as computer vision and natural language processing. Computers can control robots and drones and make them perform complex tasks. It is important to note that computers do not possess consciousness or emotions, and they are not human-like entities, they simply can perform tasks that were once thought to require human intelligence, but they can do it faster, more accurately and with less error.

One of these days, I may not feel up to writing an article for this website but instead, turn to my Artificially Intelligent partner and ask her to write, edit and post. But it is not this day.

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