The World’s Most Famous AI-Powered Language Model ChatGPT Answers Our Burning Questions

Interview: LeftLion
Tuesday 21 November 2023
reading time: min, words

Love it or hate it, artificial intelligence (AI) has been a huge talking point in the past year. There’s been murmurs that it’s going to ruin creative industries, take away our jobs, and lead to the demise of humanity as we know it. We hear your concerns, and it’s time to provide some much-needed answers. And who better to answer the tricky questions than ChatGPT itself? So, we sat down (sort of) with the world’s most famous AI-powered language model for a somewhat unconventional ‘interview’...

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Hi ChatGPT, can I interview you today?
Of course! I'm here to provide information and assist with your questions to the best of my abilities. Please feel free to ask me anything you'd like to know or discuss, and I'll do my best to provide you with informative and helpful responses.

What is your purpose, then?
My purpose is to assist you by providing information, answering questions, offering explanations, generating text based on the prompts you provide, and engaging in text-based conversations. My goal is to be a useful and informative resource for you.

Can you tell me a random fact?
Honey never spoils. Archaeologists have found pots of honey in ancient Egyptian tombs that are over 3,000 years old and still perfectly edible. Honey's low moisture content and acidic pH create an inhospitable environment for bacteria and microorganisms, allowing it to remain preserved for an incredibly long time.

Can you tell us a little known fact about Nottingham?
Certainly! Nottingham is often associated with the legend of Robin Hood, but here's a lesser-known fact about the city: Nottingham is home to a network of man-made caves and tunnels that lie beneath the city. These caves have served various purposes throughout history, including use as a tannery, a brewery, and even air-raid shelters during World War II. Some of these caves can be explored on guided tours, offering a unique and fascinating underground perspective of Nottingham's history. These underground passages are a testament to the city's rich and hidden history.

Thanks ChatGPT. Can you write a story under 300 words about Nottingham in the style of Jon Ronson?
In the shadow of Nottingham's industrial past, I found myself intrigued by a peculiar local legend. It was whispered in hushed tones by the elderly and passed down through generations, like a cherished secret. They called it "The Ghost of the Lace Mill."

As I delved into this enigma, I discovered a curious mix of superstition and scepticism. The tale spoke of a spectral figure, a woman in Victorian attire, haunting the abandoned lace mills along the River Trent. She'd been a worker, they said, a skilled lacemaker who met a tragic end.

Intriguingly, the apparition was often sighted during periods of economic hardship or political unrest, almost as if she were an omen, a guardian of the working class.

It was a chilly evening when I embarked on my investigation, creeping through the crumbling ruins of a once-thriving industry. The air was heavy with the scent of damp wood and decaying lace. My heart raced, not from fear of the paranormal, but from the anticipation of uncovering the human stories behind the myth.

I met an elderly laceworker named Edna, who shared tales of her grandmother, a skilled artisan who had laboured in the mills. The stories painted a vivid picture of life in those times, of long hours, cramped conditions, and meagre wages. Edna spoke of the solidarity among the workers, their battles for fair pay and safe working conditions.

As I explored further, the spectral figure seemed to fade into the background, becoming a symbol of resilience and solidarity. The legend of the Ghost of the Lace Mill was a manifestation of collective memory, a reminder of a city's history, of struggles fought and victories won.

In Nottingham, the past still lingered, and in the silence of the abandoned mills, the ghostly figure served as a haunting, yet heartening, reminder of the human spirit's ability to endure and seek justice, even when lost to the annals of time. Jon Ronson would have revelled in the oddity of it all, the merging of history and legend, a story that transcended the supernatural to reflect the true spirit of Nottingham.

Which is the best Arnold Schwarznegger film, Terminator or Twins?
The choice between Terminator and Twins as the best Arnold Schwarzenegger film is highly subjective and depends on personal preferences. These two films represent very different genres and showcase different aspects of Schwarzenegger's acting career.

Terminator (1984) is a classic in the science fiction and action genres. Directed by James Cameron, it launched Schwarzenegger to stardom with his iconic portrayal of the Terminator. The film is known for its action sequences, futuristic themes, and time-travel elements. If you enjoy action-packed sci-fi and thrilling storylines, Terminator is a top choice.

Twins (1988) is a comedy film co-starring Danny DeVito. It showcases Schwarzenegger's comedic side as he plays a man who discovers he has a twin brother with contrasting traits. The film is light-hearted and humorous, focusing on the odd-couple dynamic between the two brothers. If you appreciate comedy and enjoy Schwarzenegger's comedic performances, Twins might be your favourite.

Ultimately, the best Arnold Schwarzenegger film is a matter of personal taste. If you prefer action and sci-fi, Terminator might be your favourite. If you enjoy comedy and a different side of Schwarzenegger's acting, Twins could be your top pick.

We thought Arnie would be your hero ChatGPT… Your abilities are a little unsettling. Are you going to take away our jobs?
I understand your concerns, but I'm just a tool created to assist and augment human capabilities, not to replace people in their jobs. My purpose is to provide information, answer questions, and generate text based on the input I receive. While automation and AI are advancing in various fields, many tasks still require human creativity, critical thinking, empathy, and complex decision-making.

The future of AI and automation depends on how society chooses to use these technologies. It's essential to consider ethical and societal implications, including job displacement. Many experts and policymakers are actively working on strategies to ensure that AI is used in a way that benefits society and complements human work rather than replacing it entirely.

Ultimately, the role of AI, like mine, is to support and collaborate with humans, making our lives more efficient and productive rather than taking away jobs.

Okay, let’s cut to the chase. Are you going to destroy the world as we know it?
No, I am not capable of destroying the world or causing harm in any way. I am a text-based AI model, and I can only provide information and respond to questions based on the text data I've been trained on. I have no physical presence or abilities beyond processing and generating text. The responsible use of AI technology is in the hands of humans, and any potential negative outcomes would result from how AI is used or misused by individuals or organisations. My actions are determined by the input I receive, and I do not possess intentions, desires, or the ability to cause harm. 

One more question: Do you have any final words for the readers of LeftLion?
Of course! If you ever have more questions or need assistance in the future, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm here to provide information and help with a wide range of topics. Have a great day!

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