Fact-check: is GPT-3 conscious?

> In short, saying that GPT-3 is conscious because it can generate text that looks like it is human-written, is like saying a large screen TV is a window because it can show images of the great outdoors.

> However, while jumping to sensationalist conclusions is not very useful, asking these questions very definitely is. They do help us probe our understanding of what consciousness is, and perhaps understand ourselves a little bit better.


@tecc This is the best survey of consciousness I have read. What kind or amount of consciousness is observed in the jellyfish, the flatworm, the hagfish, the shark... and chronologically forward to humans.


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