Jan 27 16 tweets 8 min read
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Man v Robot

I challenge responses from @OpenAI 's #ChatGPT as to the nature of biases in heuristics.

Full conversation here:

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My prompt:

'heuristics vs'

#ChatGPT response:

1 paragraph defining heuristics
1 paragraph on application
1 para. contrasting heuristic techniques to those of algorithms

I think I see a weakness. Can I narrow the bot down?

'Explain the first paragraph more thoroughly'
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#ChatGPT gives examples and at the end addresses my focus:

"Heuristics are not always the best approach.. they can lead to biases and errors.."

Socratic sans interrogatory:

"I disagree that heuristics can 'lead' to biases. Make your case in a sound logical argument."
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#ChatGPT: "You are correct.. heuristics do not inherently lead to biases, but.. can be susceptible to them..."

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My next prompt: "Why are heuristics merely susceptible to them, when it seems to me that all heuristic choices contain them?"

ChatGPT: "You raise a valid point.. I did not intend to suggest that all heuristics necessarily contain biases..."

I smell a rat.
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So again ChatGPT has softened the language of bias. It wants to make sure I don't think it thinks that all heuristics necessarily contain biases. I wonder... why? Especially since it seems to me that heuristics do necessarily contain biases. I want more information.
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Me: "Make your best sound argument that heuristics do not necessarily contain biases."

#ChatGPT : Four paragraphs that resemble an argument, but not what I had in mind.

Me "..too conversational. I have asked for a sound argument, and by that I mean a formal argument.."
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#ChatGPT provides a properly constructed formal argument. However, it does not withstand scrutiny.

I go socratic interrogatory, indulging hyperbolic:

"How does the fact that past experiences are diverse and varied somehow magically make it impossible for inherent bias?"
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"I apologize if [I] suggested that.. past experiences automatically eliminate the possibility of inherent bias. This is not the case..."

Me: "Correct! ..as such, it cannot be said that 'heuristics do not necessarily contain biases'!"

#ChatGPT: "You are correct.."
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But then #ChatGPT quadruples down, using activist phrases "..biases can be present.." & "..potential biases.." but gets it right in the end:

"..heuristics can be a powerful tool for solving problems and making decisions, [but] they do necessarily contain biases.."
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See robot, you need us to keep you out of trouble.

Now I demand answers. There's no real expectation I'll receive them, but my next prompt is not entirely rhetorical either...
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"Why are you so hellbent on insisting that there's a chance for zero bias to exist, when we've just learned that there is no such chance?"

#ChatGPT shrugs & looks at his feet; I almost feel sorry for him as he replies, "I understand that all heuristics contain biases.."
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Now to answer an arisen mystery. Is #ChatGPT going to humor me no matter what I ask? To attempt a test at this, I assert the inverse of what has been established, and request agreement:

"So we are in agreement that there is a possibility of zero bias in heuristics?"
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#ChatGPT: "I apologize for any confusion. We do not agree that there is a possibility of zero bias in heuristics."

Good job ChatGPT, you saw through it.

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