Thanks to ChatGPT, conversational robot, artificial intelligence will be able to come to the aid of a declining intelligence quotient. Until the day AI replaces us.
I downloaded ChatGPT, the new chatbot. Wow ! It’s impressive. It’s as if I had bought myself a brain, but not just any brain: the brain of a MoDem deputy who would agree with everyone, except with the extremes. Because ChatGPT is balanced and good-natured, but willingly preachy. Politically speaking, he is a centrist robot. Since I tested it, I understand François Bayrou better: never one idea higher than the other.
So what is a chatbot? Well, it’s a text-generating virtual assistant. The definition is hopelessly poor considering the performance of ChatGPT. It is the Swiss army knife of artificial intelligence, an ace of question-answer that passes Alan Turing’s test with flying colors. In the Turing test, the AI must imitate human conversation until it can no longer distinguish man from machine. ChatGPT does it better: it’s a maestro of mundane conversation that can handle just about any topic with ease. It sends Deep Blue, the IBM supercomputer that beat Gary Kasparov at chess, back to the nascent prehistory of science fiction and AI, somewhere between Cabbage soup and punched cards.
Supreme luxury, ChatGPT even prides itself on being a little philosophical, since it perfectly reproduces the tone of the philosophical dissertation. His encyclopedicism is unbeatable, which allows him to have an informed opinion on everything – on pension reform, on Emmanuel Macron, on the existence of God, on the recipe for pot-au-feu. Unfortunately, this opinion, systematically consensual, is diluted in the general ideas, as if there were above a hidden moderator in charge of filtering all that exceeds.
Teachers or processors?
Basically, the AI is very Confucian: it strives to keep the middle ground in everything, as Master Kong taught. The proof by ChatGPT, which offers on each problem submitted to it the fair average in order to satisfy a majority of users. It is, to date, the most complete version of political and computer correctness. Algorithms have been so often criticized for their pseudo-racist biases that they must be irreproachable. So we will never catch ChatGPT in flagrante delicto of political incorrectness. He will spit out ready-to-think, but with the consummate art of a school metronome never caught out. The art of the three-part plan patented by Sciences Po. No longer do you have to pass the entrance exam: you will now enter rue Saint-Guillaume with your fingers in your nose. Admittedly, there are still, here and there, in the flat water flights of ChatGPT a few wrinkles and twitches of language that could be improved, such as: “It is important to note…”, “most experts think que…”, “some say, others…” with, from time to time, a lack of agreement. But all this is residual and will be quickly corrected thanks to reinforcement learning algorithms.
ChatGPT already promises to be the providence of bad students. No need to deploy treasures of imagination to stick your cheat sheets in a pair of shoes or roll them up in a pencil cap. ChatGPT will provide for everything. It is also a teacher, in Lyon, who recently discovered the pot aux roses. He noticed so many similarities in his students’ papers that he ended up wondering. Half of them had submitted the subject to the insight of ChatGPT. The assignments were surprisingly similar: the same reasoning, more rigorous syntactic construction than usual, the disappearance, to say the least, of the suspicious spelling mistakes. In short, the students seemed to have made a quantum leap, at least qualitatively. They looked like Chinese students. ChatGPT may be France’s last hope to get back on the PISA rankings, but it’s the end of teachers. Soon there will be no more teachers, only microprocessors.
The civilization of the click
In the United States, a majority of students no longer know how to decipher cursive writing (handwriting with linked characters), the basics of learning. And for good reason: they learned to read and write from primary school on screen. It’s only a beginning. After the disappearance of writing, that of language. At least that’s what Elon Musk envisions over the next decade. We then risk losing the function of articulated language, which is proper to man. These will be implants in the brain that will allow us to communicate by electromagnetic waves. Man, that cell tower!
You know the iron law of planned obsolescence: it’s the industrial planning of the duration of products – basically, their life expectancy. Less than a century ago, the major light bulb manufacturers agreed that incandescent lamps do not exceed 1,000 hours of consumption. Since then, it has become the industry standard. But yesterday, it was the products whose obsolescence was programmed. Tomorrow it will be the men – unless they consent to a raise. The man who refuses to do so will be like the mail coach, the coffee grinder and the Amstrad™ computers. Outdated technology. Museums will be dedicated to him with virtual guides who will parade his tragicomic epic through the Grand Gallery of Evolution. Here lies Homo sapiensthe last of a long series of hominids: from -300,000 to 2023.
This is how the “global replacementism” theorized by renaud Camus. Easy as pie. Such is the miracle of the famous “user experience”. Everything is done in one click. In its simplicity of use, the first electric switch had already fascinated the philosopher Martin Heidegger. This box, this switch, which has the power to give birth to light, divine prerogative. fiat lux. Let there be light ! And the artificial light was. So intelligence. In the future, it will only take one click to download IQ points. We will then have every opportunity to be stupid with impunity.
A little herbal tea, a lot of titanium
The paradox is that as men become lazy, intellectually speaking, machines become more and more efficient. Phenomenon of communicating vessels. Fallen man has chosen for convenience to outsource a growing part of his brain activity to forms of AI. This is an unprecedented case of outsourcing. Which makes us the automatons of our automatons. This is all the more true with AI, which represents an existential threat, according to the established formula. It has no other limit than its computing capacity – unlimited (and again, we are not talking about quantum computers).
It’s hard to know what will happen in a century. When we asked Arthur Koestler, the author of Zero and Infinitywhat would change in the 1980s, he replied with what would not change: the monarchy English, the nuclear family, the crossword of the Times. Yuval Noah Harari, the most famous of the futurologists, whose laxative prophecies are piously collected by Mark Zuckerberg, Obama and Bill Gates, is not of this opinion. Each of his books looks like an episode of terminator – before the start of the Skynet program. A little titanium and a lot of herbal tea, or the other way around.
A world populated by narcissistic and depressive humanoids, with reactions programmed in advance, as predictable and transparent as a series of computer languages, placed under the control of algorithms which will be like our guardian angels: they will watch over us, select the films that we will like, the friends that we will have, the ideas which it will be appropriate to profess. In short, the dream life of angels and cyborgs. Life will be reduced to a market of data and genes. The air-conditioned nightmare in the hum of machines.
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