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  • Writer's pictureMonica Kay Royal

Learn about ChatGPT from Nerds at ComicCon

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

In a special episode of the Data Podcast for Nerds!, hosts Monica and Tristan attended a session at the Phoenix Comic-Con (Phoenix Fan Fusion) focused on AI. The panel aimed to explore the question of whether AI could run a panel better than a human. While technical difficulties prevented the use of ChatGPT, a language model, the session still provided valuable insights into AI, including the Turing test, the trolley problem, and the capabilities of AI in simulating emotions. Check out these nourished nuggets! 🍗🍗

The Turing Test and AI's Ability to Mimic Human Behavior:

The panel started by discussing the Turing test, a test developed by Alan Turing in 1950 to evaluate a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior indistinguishable from that of a human. While the panel couldn't demonstrate ChatGPT's interaction due to technical issues, it was highlighted that ChatGPT had passed the Turing test previously. However, it's important to note that AI models like ChatGPT are not genuinely thinking or creating but rather synthesizing existing information.

The Trolley Problem and Ethical Dilemmas:

The session delved into the trolley problem, a moral dilemma that poses a hypothetical situation where a person must choose between two potentially harmful outcomes. The panel discussed the relevance of the trolley problem in the context of smart cars and AI. The implications of AI controlling vehicles and making life-or-death decisions raise important ethical questions. While smart cars exist, truly automated transportation systems require extensive infrastructure and considerations for human behavior.

AI's Role in Creative Fields:

Monica and Tristan explored AI's involvement in creative endeavors, such as art and storytelling. ChatGPT's ability to generate text and simulate emotions was also highlighted. However, it is important to recognize that AI's output is based on patterns and data it has learned from rather than genuine creativity. Artists have expressed concerns about AI encroaching on their profession, but it was noted that AI can assist creatives by offering new tools and possibilities.

AI's Limitations and the Need for Human Intervention:

Despite the advancements in AI, human involvement is still crucial. AI requires human programmers and ongoing maintenance. Monica and Tristan emphasized that AI won't take jobs but will change them. AI integration across various industries can enhance productivity and offer new opportunities for professionals, but it cannot fully replace human ingenuity and decision-making.

Simulating Emotions and Consent:

Monica and Tristan discussed AI's ability to simulate emotions and the concept of consent in AI interactions. They turned to ChatGPT and asked a question, which proved AI can imitate emotions based on learned patterns. Although, true understanding and subjective experiences of emotions remain exclusive to humans. Monica and Tristan emphasized that AI's simulated emotions are only based on pre-existing data and not genuine sentiment.


The Comic-Con panel provided an engaging exploration of AI's capabilities and limitations. It emphasized that AI, like ChatGPT, is an impressive tool that can assist professionals across various fields but cannot replicate genuine human creativity or consciousness. It showcased the importance of human involvement in programming, maintaining, and leveraging AI to augment existing human capabilities. As AI continues to evolve, it is crucial to recognize its potential while acknowledging the unique contributions humans bring to the table.

Do you believe AI has the potential to fully replace human creativity in fields such as art, writing, and storytelling?
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