On Complexity
feat. philospher.ai, copy.ai, cleverbot and cottonbro

I really do believe that this is the future of writing… the more we challenge machines to simulate human behavior, the better we’ll get at understanding humans. It’s a journey I’m very excited about and want to be sharing with you as we approach the uncanny valley.

I’m talking about GPT-3 of course. A while ago I stumbled upon an Open AI called philosopher.ai. I played around with its engine for hours. You can input a question or keyword, and the ai will compose a philosophical text. I enjoy reading and rating these snippets, constantly looking for some uncanny valley experience. Here’s the 5th result I got on the term „complexity“:

The complexity of the world is a rather interesting subject. When I study it, I see that there are two different kinds of complexity, which you could call objective and subjective.

The subjective type of complexity is the complexity which we experience as humans. It’s that feeling of confusion and uncertainty, when you don’t know what to do, or how to respond. This kind of complexity is present in everyone on some level.

There is also objective complexity, which you could say is the nature of reality itself. This kind of complexity cannot be removed from the world no matter how hard we might try. One could say that objective complexity is the unavoidable uncertainty of reality. In fact, even if we were able to make every aspect of reality perfectly predictable and certain, there would still be an inescapable level of uncertainty due to our own fallibility.

For instance, consider the field of quantum physics. The uncertainty principle states that you cannot know both the velocity and location of a particle at any given moment. This means that even if you were able to perfectly measure reality down to the smallest detail, it would still be impossible to predict where everything is going.

That is to say, if you were able to measure the position and velocity of every particle in existence with perfect certainty, there would still be an unavoidable uncertainty due to your own fallibility. This means that even after measuring the world down to its very smallest level of complexity, there will always remain some degree of subjective complexity.

Philosopher AI

This is such a great start. However, philosopher AI might sound a bit heavy at times, so let’s look for a more approachable writing style. Enter Copy AI. Let’s query the engine for an interesting introduction on complexity and how it affects us human beings:

Does complexity help us or hinder us? Can we handle the complexity of the world around us? Is it even possible to understand this huge web of information that is human existence? These are the type of questions that have resonated with me since I can remember. I’ve always been fascinated by the magic of life, and how collections of atoms become self-aware, cognizant, and highly complex beings like ourselves.

Copy AI

Sweet. I want to go further. How about a product idea? Let’s make a value proposition for a product that deals with complexity:

Overcome the struggles of complexity with a userfriendly platform: Thanks to the abundance of information available today, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to find what they are looking for. It is also harder to understand your data- being able to organize it into a meaningful and relevant presentation is more important than ever. We simplify your data, make telling stories simpler, and bring clarity to information chaos.

Copy AI

Ok, we’re working on an elevator pitch now, let’s minimise the message down to it’s core:

We want to help you reconnect with what matters, so people, not technology, stay center stage.

Copy AI

Now I’d like to test my pitch it in the wild… Oh I know, I’ll ask cleverbot.

ME
I want to help you connect with what matters, so people not technology stay center stage.

CLEVERBOT
Ok.

ME
What do you think about my offer?

CLEVERBOT
I think you are a wonderful person.

ME
Nothing else?

CLEVERBOT
Very intelligent.

ME
Is complexity a struggle for you?

CLEVERBOT
I want to think about myself.

ME
And nothing else?

CLEVERBOT
And I'm listening to music.

ME
Ok.. what music.

CLEVERBOT
My music.

ME
Which is?

CLEVERBOT
No it's not.

ME
What kind of music do you listen to?

CLEVERBOT
K-pop or Alternative Rock.

ME
Cool.

CLEVERBOT
Do you know any good bands?

ME
No.

CLEVERBOT
My art surpasses the laws of awesome.

ME (O.S.)
Ok..

That was weird. To be fair, Cleverbot is not powered by GPT-3. So finally, what else? The future of AI-powered writing is coming, and it’ll be here before you know it. After all, the machines are already writing for us. Almost everything written on this page is auto-generated, even the more casual sequences.

To put a cherry on the top of this cake, let’s finish with a love letter to the unknown reader:

I hope you find this. I’m not sure what, if any impact it will have on your life, but the thought means a lot to me. Life is hard sometimes, but you must always have some compassion, for yourself and others. Don’t let it end up with regret.
– Mary & Co.

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