What Would Socrates Say About ChatGPT?

The Quantum Feedback Loop by James Myers

Episode notes
In a joint production with the Plato’s Pod podcast, we explore the relevance of ancient philosophy to modern technology with the question, “What Would Socrates Say About ChatGPT?” We take Socrates to the offices of OpenAI to meet the company’s CEO, Sam Altman, and imagine the questions that Socrates would have after the technology is explained to him. In the course of the imagined meeting, we address some crucial errors that ChatGPT makes in its outputs on Socrates, as an example of the technology’s potential to undermine language and introduce feedback loops that distort the meaning of words over time. What do you think - are there some timeless and fundamentally questions about our relationship with technology?