ChatGPT and an authority

In Western Europe (and beyond), for centuries, at least from the Middle Ages until about 1940, there was one authority for people to believe: The catholic church.

When a peasant was in doubt, they would ask a priest and have a definitive answer. Doubt was gone. The end.


Somewhere in the beginning of the 20th century the power of the church started to diminish and many new 'authorities' like science or labour unions or money started taking over.

Today there is no single authority, there is no single instance anywhere that people believe. There is mainly distrust in anything that claims to be an authority. In other words, most questions remain unanswered. Today, the peasant has no priest to take away his doubt.

Enter AI. Millions of people are talking to ChatGPT and are using it to answer questions. And I wonder: What if people start believing the AI? What if this becomes the new authority?

If you think this is far fetched, then you have not played enough with ChatGPT. Then you have not tweaked your questions. It knows a whole lot of things, it's a far better writer than me, it's a better programmer, it's a better problem solver and it can learn a hundred million times faster than me.

The motto in the next couple of years will be "When in doubt, ask the AI!".

(This post is written by me by the way, not by ChatGPT.)

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