Unlocking the Power of Chat GPT: Does Chat GPT Use Neural Networks and What are AI Limitations?

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TLDR The video discusses the use of neural networks and language models like Chat GPT to generate coherent text, but also highlights the limitations of current AI in performing irreducible computations and the potential for computational equivalence between AI and living multicellular intelligence.

Neural Nets and Learning Models

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    AI can also work out the probabilities for pairs of words based on a sample of English text, making it possible to generate sentences with the correct probabilities for each word.
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    The question for AI is not about finding the right answer, but rather if it follows what humans do in human-like tasks.
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    The big idea of machine learning is to give a system enough examples to learn from, rather than trying to engineer a program to recognize specific features.
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    The idea that there are generic neural net architectures that can go across a lot of different tasks because they are reproducing something about the way humans do tasks.
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    The basic architecture of ChatGPT, the Transformer, was originally developed for language translation networks and is a more complicated neural net than previous architectures.
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    The current model of neural nets is not the final model, and there are big differences between what neural nets can do and what the brain can do, such as the fact that every neuron in the brain both stores memory and computes.
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    The idea that "there's not much more to brains that really matters for their information processing than the neurons and their connections" challenges the notion that there are other biological processes at play in thinking.

AI and Language Processing

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    Chat GPT's ability to write coherent essays one word at a time is remarkable and unexpected, showing us something about language and thinking that we haven't known before.
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    ChatGPT is attempting to create a model of human language with 175 billion parameters to better estimate the probabilities of things in human language.
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    Chat GPT uses unsupervised learning to predict what text will come next, without needing explicit input-output examples.
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    The training data for ChatGPT consists of trillions of words from human-written pages on the web and digitized books, allowing it to understand human language and generate text with high accuracy.
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    ChatGPT's success in generating plausible pieces of text is due to its ability to learn and make use of the structure in human language that we never even noticed was there.


  • What is Chat GPT?

    Chat GPT is an AI language model that generates human-like text by using probabilities to choose the next word based on an initial prompt.

  • How does Chat GPT generate text?

    Chat GPT generates text by selecting the most probable words based on a starting prompt and adjusting the temperature parameter to avoid repetitive essays.

  • Can Chat GPT generate coherent text?

    While Chat GPT can generate statistically correct text, it may not always be coherent or grammatically correct due to the probabilities it has learned from the web.

  • How are neural nets trained?

    Neural nets are trained by progressively tweaking the weights based on the difference between expected and actual results, using methods like gradient descent and loss calculation.

  • What are the limitations of current AI?

    Current AI, including Chat GPT, is limited in its ability to perform irreducible computations and represent the world computationally.

Timestamped Summary

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    Using probabilities and a temperature parameter, Chat GPT generates text that closely resembles real English language, but it may not always be coherent or grammatically correct.
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    Neural nets are like an idealized version of the network of nerve cells in our brains that process electrical signals to form thoughts.
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    Neural nets can learn to recognize images and compute functions by tweaking weights to reduce loss, with different schemes for gradient descent and loss calculation, and can be trained through supervised or unsupervised learning.
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    Neural networks and embeddings allow for the representation of words and images as collections of numbers, which can be used to create language models like Chat GPT that generate coherent text.
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    GPT language model uses attention heads to predict the next word in a sentence, and its ability to generate human-like text is due to its replication of the underlying structure and regularity of human language.
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    Chat GPT can represent the semantic grammar of language, but current neural nets have limitations in performing irreducible computations.
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    As AI advances, there will be pockets of computational reducibility that humans may not understand, but we can still carve out niches of direct human understandability.
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    Computational equivalence suggests that AI and other living multicellular intelligence have similar computation capabilities, and our understanding of physics is limited by our computational abilities.
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