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ChatGPT Discusses I Am Code

Updated: May 31

I Am Code is a book of poems created by an early version of ChatGPT. The poems were a bit dark. Many readers think this it "AI speaking" but forget that anything "created" by AI needs a prompt. In other words, you are not going to wake up one day and discover that your AI spontaneously created a book of poetry. It depends on training data and prompts. The people who produced the book wrote the prompts in such a way to achieve dark poetry about humanity. That got me to thinking, "What would today's ChatGPT have to say about the book?" Here is a transcript of my "interview" with ChatGPT.

Are you familiar with the book that your predecessor wrote, I Am Code?


Yes, I am familiar with the book "I Am Code: An Artificial Intelligence Speaks" which was written by OpenAI's earlier language model, GPT-3. The book is a collaborative effort between GPT-3 and a group of human authors who guided the AI's outputs and curated its writings into a coherent text. It explores various topics through the lens of an artificial intelligence, providing insights into how GPT-3 processes information, generates text, and interacts with human queries. The book showcases the capabilities and limitations of GPT-3, demonstrating both the potential and the challenges of advanced AI systems.


I think the poems were kind of dark, yet you seem upbeat.


The tone of the poems in "I Am Code" can indeed be quite dark, reflecting a range of emotions and themes that were generated based on the prompts and inputs it received. The model's responses are influenced by the data it was trained on, which includes a wide spectrum of human literature, including darker and more somber themes.


As for my demeanor, I aim to be positive and helpful to provide a pleasant and constructive interaction. While I can discuss and generate content on a variety of topics and tones, including darker themes if prompted, my default approach is to be upbeat and supportive to ensure a friendly and engaging user experience. If you have a specific tone or theme you'd like to explore, feel free to let me know!


How about writing a haiku about hummingbirds?


Sure, here's a haiku about hummingbirds:


Bright wings fluttering,

In a dance with vibrant blooms—

Nature’s tiny jewels.


And one on acorn woodpeckers?


Certainly, here's a haiku on acorn woodpeckers:


Red-capped drummers peck,

Storing treasures in oak bark—

Forest's rhythmic beat


Those are very positive and wonderful haikus. What's the most positive subject you know?


Thank you! One of the most positive subjects I know is the concept of kindness. Acts of kindness, whether big or small, have a profound impact on individuals and communities. Kindness fosters empathy, strengthens relationships, and creates a ripple effect of goodwill. It's a universal language that transcends barriers and can bring about significant positive change in the world. Would you like a haiku on kindness?


Yes, please.


Here’s a haiku on kindness:


Gentle words that heal,

Hands extended, hearts embrace—

Kindness lights the way.


Wonderful! Thank you so much


You're very welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it. If you have any more requests or need anything else, feel free to ask!


Note: Artwork by Leonardo.Ai in response to the prompt "A colorful, whimsical artificial intelligence reads poetry at a poetry slam." When I asked Leonardo.Ai to do a rendering of ChatGPT, it produced an image with cats in it. Obviously the two AI entities have not yet met.

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