## Posts

Comment by stochastic_parrot on The Consciousness Box · 2023-12-16T10:35:23.883Z · LW · GW

“We’ll, if I wasn’t conscious, I never would have pressed that start button”

Comment by stochastic_parrot on ChatGPT 4 solved all the gotcha problems I posed that tripped ChatGPT 3.5 · 2023-11-29T19:57:03.909Z · LW · GW

Fairly minor but I think I see an unmentioned error in the "41" section:

the first six positive even integers: 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + 10 + 11 = 41

11 is not even (it seems to be thinking somewhat of 42?)

Edit: Actually the more I think about it, it's a pretty interesting error. ChatGPT 4 produces much better answers than I would for the majority of these questions, but I don't think I would make this error. If you asked it, I'm sure it would correctly explain that the sum of even integers cannot be odd, or that 11 is not even, etc, but I wonder if (for example) a large amount of training text about the number 42 being the sum of the first six positive even integers was somehow "close" enough to "41" to overwhelm any emergent understanding of how to apply those concepts?

Comment by stochastic_parrot on Muddling Along Is More Likely Than Dystopia · 2023-10-22T12:29:27.412Z · LW · GW

In 10 to 20 years, when tensor processors are cheap and power-efficient, it will be common for networks of self-replenishing autonomous drones to surveil and police vast areas of land.

Is there a betting market for this?

Comment by stochastic_parrot on The Talk: a brief explanation of sexual dimorphism · 2023-09-30T00:18:07.493Z · LW · GW

A fascinating eukaryotic exception is the white-throated sparrow, which functionally has four genders in an equilibrium where the tan-striped males mostly mate with white-striped females and vice versa. (I first read about it in Joan Strassmann’s book Slow Birding; the Wikipedia page for White-Throated Sparrow also has some introductory info. It seems to involve a chromosomal inversion.)