Chatting with Chat GPT

by | Apr 26, 2023 | Author | 0 comments

My Name is Andrew G. Berger.

I recently wrote and published the science fiction novel “The Superflare”. First I wish to thank “Authors’ Lounge” for the opportunity to share my thoughts about Chat GPT and the most recent developments in AI on this website. My science fiction novel “THE SUPERFLARE” is also dealing with this subject.

Logline: In the year 2051, a disastrous solar storm hits the Earth. It causes a global EMP which destroys almost all digital devices and power supply. An artificial super intelligence takes over and the world descends into barbarism and chaos. How far would YOU go to survive in a post-apocalyptic world?

The question of what impact the triumph of AI will have on the future of humanity has long been the subject of controversy. In March 2023, hundreds of prominent managers, scientists and authors like Yoshua Bengio, Stuart Russell, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak and Yuval Noah Harari published an open letter. There they call for a moratorium on the further development of even more powerful artificial intelligence. In their open letter they write: “AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity, as shown by extensive research and acknowledged by top AI labs.”

I thought by myself – why not ask an AI like Chat GPT directly about this issue? So I did.

Question 1 to Chat GPT:

What does this triumph of AI mean for the future of human kind?

Chat GPT’s answer: “Artificial intelligence (AI) will have a significant impact on society in the future. It will fundamentally change the way we work, communicate and live. AI will potentially automate many jobs while creating new job opportunities. It may also lead to improvements in medical diagnostics and treatment. However, there is also a risk that AI will have negative impacts on privacy and human rights protection. It is therefore important to carefully regulate and monitor AI to minimize its potential negative impacts. Overall, AI is expected to bring both opportunities and challenges, and how society responds to these changes will shape the future of humankind.”

Question 2 Chat GPT:

Is it conceivable for you that artificial intelligences could one day escape the control and guidelines of humans and act autonomously?

Chat GPT’s answer: “Yes, it is conceivable that artificial intelligences could one day act independently of the control and specifications of humans. This is one of the major ethical and security issues posed by artificial intelligence and its development. It is important that we start thinking today about how we can ensure that artificial intelligences are used safely and responsibly to avoid negative impacts on society and individuals.”

To me, these answers seem downright frighteningly candid. They sound almost like an admonition, a warning: “Things could slip out of your control if you do not react now. So do something. Regulate and monitor us!”

In fact, Chat GPT almost sounds like the open letter I quoted above.

For us authors, too, the rapid development of AI is having an impact. These are already discernible. In the case of images and also texts, it is already often no longer recognizable whether they originate from a human or from an artificial intelligence. Amazon and publishers are being offered more and more books that were obviously written by an AI like Chat GPT. “ChatGPT launches boom in AI-written e-books on Amazon” (Reuters, February 21, 2023) is one of the headlines.

Of course I asked Chat GPT about this issue, too.

Question 3:

How will artificial intelligences affect the work of authors?

Chat GPT’s answer: “Artificial intelligences (AI) could have several impacts on the work of authors in the future. Here are some potential effects:

  • Automation of tasks: AI can take on simple tasks such as proofreading and checking for grammar and spelling errors, freeing up time and effort for authors.
  • Content generation: Some AI systems can already generate text and even whole books automatically. This could mean that AI-generated content could become more prevalent in certain fields, such as science.
  • Research assistance: AI can quickly search and filter through large amounts of information. Authors could use such tools to research faster and more effectively.
  • Personalized writing assistants: AI could be able to help authors improve their writing skills and offer individual tips and advice.

However, it is important to note that AI will not replace authors entirely. Creativity, empathy, and a deeper understanding of human nature are skills that are essential for many types of writing work and are currently not replicated by artificial intelligence.”

For some reason, these responses from Chat GPT can’t really assuage my concerns.

On the contrary.

If you are interested in a good, exciting read, you can buy “The Superflare” as eBook, paperback and hardcover on Amazon.

Feedback and reviews are welcome!

“The Superflare” on Amazon


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