ChatGPT isn't perfect! ...yet

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Sep 25, 2020
Someone should ask it to pretend it is standing in front of a mirror and describe what it sees. The answer, apparently, should be "a moronic child" :D
I signed up for a ChatGPT account and gave it a few questions as a test. I asked it about a current topic of interest:

how secure is lastpass password manager

LastPass is generally considered to be a secure password manager. It uses AES-256 bit encryption, which is a strong encryption standard, to protect user data. Additionally, LastPass uses a zero-knowledge architecture, which means that the company does not have access to users' master passwords or data. However, like any password manager, the security of LastPass is only as strong as the user's master password and the security of their device. It is important to use a strong and unique master password and to keep your device secure to ensure the protection of your password data.

Here's another:

How useful is Security Now podcast?

Security Now is a well-regarded podcast that covers a wide range of cybersecurity topics. It is hosted by Steve Gibson, a security researcher and software developer, and Leo Laporte, a technology journalist and broadcaster. The podcast is known for its in-depth coverage of security news and its ability to explain complex topics in an easy-to-understand manner. Many listeners find it to be a valuable resource for staying informed about the latest developments in cybersecurity.

So, it is aware of Security Now, but apparently doesn't 'listen' or read the PDFs. One final question:

How useful is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is a powerful language model that can be useful in a wide range of applications, including natural language processing, language translation, text summarization, and text generation. The model can understand and respond to a wide range of inputs, and can be fine-tuned to perform specific tasks. However, like any AI-based technology, it is only as useful as the data it was trained on and how well it was fine-tuned. It may not be able to understand all nuances of certain questions, or provide accurate information if the information it was trained on is outdated. It is also important to note that ChatGPT is a machine learning model, and it can make mistakes or produce unexpected results.

Well put! AI is getting there but has a way to go. While some of it's answers may be dead on, others belong in the bit bucket. It seems for now it's obvious when wrong, but the problem becomes greater when it is asked things that are too obscure, or even unknown to us. If you do not already know the answer can you trust AI's? I guess we can still toss a coin to answer that one.
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AI will always be at best a weak attempt to mimic the mind God gave humans. "A" means artificial, after all. The BIG problem is when we turn things that affect people's lives over to AI. In another thread here on the forum I've described how Amazon returns a different number of results for a search depending on whether you sort by featured or by price. This makes no sense. Also, around last Christmas, I was ordering some gifts online for people. Visa's friendly computer automatically cancelled my order for no reason whatsoever that was valid. All I know is that my transaction failed and I had to call the bank the next day to clear up a time sensitive transaction that should have gone through in the first place. I told the bank I wanted to be contacted AT THE TIME and let me tell them if the transaction is good or not. And then, of course, some Tesla cars have been crashing into objects while in self driving mode. Half the time, when I call someone who sent me a bill, their AI system cannot understand enough English to take my payment. The worst designed systems won't allow you to push buttons on the phone as an alternative to speaking. Thus far, the less I'm involved with AI, the better.

May your bits be stable and your interfaces be fast. :cool: Ron
I wasn't aware of the cutoff date, so that explains that. I didn't read the FAQ and jumped right into questions. I guess AI would have told me to read the FAQs first- had I asked.
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I had a conversation with ChatGPT about a topic, and when it spouted the 'accepted' (but incorrect) answer, I corrected it. It then came back with an updated (and more correct) view. Whether this persists outside that conversation I don't know.

Seems that ChatGPT could be set to 'learn' from these conversations. That would be interesting to track.
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I don't think we have to worry too much about AI taking over until Captcha starts asking if you you are not human. I've asked ChatGPT a handful of questions and most answers seem to be reasonable if not quite good. I also get the feeling reading the replies that it is often just echoing what was said elsewhere, similar to many websites having similar content. I guess that is to be expected since essentially that is what CGPT is doing, at least for now. Until it gets more 'intelligent' I think CGPTs most useful feature is it's ability to pull answers from many sources and combine them into one answer. That is certainly faster than searching through many websites manually.