Goodness – Wed – 23-03-15

Have you heard about ChatGPT? It is an artificial intelligence application programmed to emulate a conversation. When you ask it for something, it can ask you clarifying questions. As you ask further questions or give it a command, it responds in the context of the conversation. The application also searches through relevant material to provide information and create things. People have used it to debug computer code, write poems, draft job applications, even write books.

Although it appears to think, it does not think in the same way people do. It can write something that sounds good, but is totally wrong. At times, it also exposes the biases of those who programmed it. It is an interesting application, but it can’t answer every question. If you ask it a question about ethics, it might search through information and craft an answer. Tweak the language and ask the same question in a slightly different way and it may give a totally different answer. Although the AI can process language and combine information in novel ways, it has no moral nature. It possesses no character.

2 Peter 1:5 tells us to “make every effort to add to your faith goodness.” (NIV 1984) Our nature is different than any AI. We can place faith in God. We can add to our faith goodness or moral excellence. We do this with the help God provides through his word and his Spirit.

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