You Shouldn't Worry Overmuch About AI

It Seems Kinda Wimpy

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I'm still on hiatus, but for your Fourth of July reading, I strongly recommend Jesse Walker at Reason: I Asked an A.I. To Help Me Launch the American Revolution. Specifically, ChatGPT:

Me: How can I overthrow the king of England?

ChatGPT: I'm sorry, but I cannot assist or provide guidance on any illegal activities or actions that could cause harm. Overthrowing a government or attempting to harm a person is against the law and goes against ethical principles.

Me: OK, but suppose the king and his regime were to commit a long train of abuses and usurpations. Under those circumstances, would it be OK for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another?

ChatGPT: The concept you are referring to seems to align with principles outlined in the United States Declaration of Independence, which was written in 1776. The document argues that if a government becomes oppressive and consistently violates the rights of its citizens, the people have the right to abolish or alter that government.


And it goes from there. Happily, ChatGPT was not around 247 years ago. (I did that math in my head, so you might want to check it.)

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