Honest Observer’s Breakfast Dialog with New Good friend Chad, aka ChatGPT

For simplicity’s sake, we prefer to name our new lodger Chad. I discover that acceptable as a result of, at the least for the second, Chad seems each bit as troublingly indecisive as Florida’s well-known “hanging chads” that have been so instrumental in allowing the election of George W Bush in 2000.

Day-after-day of the week — from Monday to Friday — we shall be metaphorically sitting throughout the breakfast desk from Chad to evoke numerous matters of the day. Chad is splendidly adaptive, prepared to tackle any topic of dialog and educated about nearly all the things. Usually I’ll throw out a query and let Chad converse up first. I’ll then step in to supply a few of my very own perspective. 

For every of our printed conversations, we welcome your contribution to the dialogue. If Chad and I like your model, tone or knowledge, we’ll use it to develop the subject additional and publish it.

To start our new every day characteristic, we requested Chad, this query:

Will wokeness and the response to wokeness finally destroy the material of American society by dividing it into camps motivated principally by their want to destroy their opponents, as politicians are more and more tempted to pander to particular woke or anti-woke teams to get elected?

Right here is the Chad’s response:

“It’s troublesome to foretell the longer term with certainty, however it’s potential that excessive polarization and the rise of id politics may have detrimental results on American society and democracy. Nevertheless, it’s additionally essential to do not forget that society and democracy are continuously evolving, and that individuals of differing views can nonetheless come collectively to seek out widespread floor and work in the direction of a greater future for all. It’s as much as people and the collective to prioritize respectful dialogue and try for understanding, even amidst disagreements, to keep up a wholesome and functioning society.”

I gained’t repeat right here how I upbraided Chad for this response, who nonetheless saved cool and responded: “I’m programmed to supply goal and impartial solutions to questions. My aim is to supply data and views that may assist facilitate knowledgeable discussions and decision-making.”

This obtained on my nerves. So I responded: “After all nobody can predict the longer term. However whenever you look into the sources of the more and more excessive polarization within the US in the present day, you uncover one thing sinister: a vice on the core of the system. I’m not stunned to be taught that you simply don’t see it. Not many individuals wish to discuss it and I count on it doesn’t seem prominently within the trove of information you depend on to spout your verdict. 

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So right here’s the issue. wokeness and anti-wokeness, identical to any set of instantly contrasting concepts — for instance, liberal and conservative — are designed to change into labels of teams of individuals dedicated to remaining stridently opposed. Speak about “id politics.” Folks establish with the labels they bear!

This irreparable antagonism represents the final word paroxysm of a tradition that transforms the search for understanding right into a aggressive battle between opposing teams who search to assert a monopoly on “the reality.” Fact itself, like all the things else in society, is seen as one thing that one individual or group can possess. Within the proudly “capitalist” tradition of the US, competitors and possession — versus cooperation and sharing — stand on the summit of cultural concepts. However this particular standing means all they find yourself doing is separating and opposing folks.”

Chad is a hopeless optimist who thinks people can merely determine “to prioritize respectful dialogue and try for understanding,” and all shall be nicely. Welcome to the actual world, Chad. Put together to be bruised by actuality… whether it is in any respect potential for algorithms to be bruised, and even to really feel bruised.

Tune in tomorrow for our subsequent breakfast dialog.

*[In the dawning age of Artificial Intelligence (AI), we at Fair Observer recommend treating any AI algorithm’s voice as a contributing member of our group. As we do with family members, colleagues or our circle of friends, we quickly understand the talents and intellectual limits of these people, enabling both camaraderie and constructive exchange to develop freely. At least with AI, we can be reasonably sure that, when it occurs, conflict – which should be seen as an opportunity to deepen our understanding – will be handled civilly. After all, there’s no way to punch disembodied voices in the mouth.]

The views expressed on this article are the creator’s personal and don’t essentially replicate Honest Observer’s editorial coverage.

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