Monday, April 24, 2023

ChatGPT Knows but Does Not Understand

Kyle Hill makes the point that AI can mimic intelligence but doesn't actually understand anything.

I immediately was reminded of Robin William's speech in the film, "Good Will Hunting". I then wondered if ChatGPT would think of the same movie, so I asked it...

Name some scenes from some famous movies that expose the difference between knowledge and understanding.

  1. The Matrix (1999): The scene where Morpheus offers Neo the choice between the blue pill and the red pill is a classic example of the difference between knowledge and understanding. Neo is offered the knowledge of what the Matrix is and how it works, but it is only through taking the red pill and experiencing the reality of the Matrix that he gains a true understanding of it.
  2. Good Will Hunting (1997): In the scene where Will (Matt Damon) and Sean (Robin Williams) are discussing a painting in a museum, Will demonstrates his vast knowledge of art history and technique. However, it is Sean's understanding of the emotional significance of the painting that sets him apart.
  3. Dead Poets Society (1989): In the scene where Mr. Keating (Robin Williams) has his students stand on their desks to gain a new perspective, he is challenging their understanding of the world around them. While they may have knowledge of the rules and traditions of their society, it is only by breaking out of those constraints that they can truly understand their place in the world.
  4. The Karate Kid (1984): In the scene where Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) teaches Daniel (Ralph Macchio) how to wax his car, Daniel is frustrated because he believes he is not learning karate. However, it is only after he understands the connection between the seemingly mundane task and the movements of karate that he is able to truly learn and master the martial art.
  5. A Beautiful Mind (2001): In the scene where John Nash (Russell Crowe) is trying to explain his mathematical theories to his colleagues, they dismiss him as crazy because they lack the understanding of the significance of his work. Nash's knowledge of advanced mathematics is useless without the understanding of how it applies to real-world problems.

Commendibly, ChatGPT places "Good Will Hunting" high on the list. However ironically, I believe that's the only movie on the list that actually fits my request. Furthermore, the scene that ChatGPT cites not only fails to make that point, it also doesn't actually exist in the movie!

Anyway, the scene ChatGPT was looking for is right here:

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