Monday, December 26, 2022

How will ChatGPT affect American government?

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    How will ChatGPT affect American government?

    That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one excerpt:

    Consider the regulatory process. In the US, there is typically a comment period before many new regulations take effect. To date, it has been presumed that human beings are making the comments. Yet by mobilizing ChatGPT, it is possible for interested parties to flood the system. There is no law against using software to aid in the production of public comments, or legal documents for that matter, and if need be a human could always add some modest changes.

    ChatGPT seems to do best when there is a wide range of relevant and available texts to train from. In this regard, the law is a nearly an ideal subject. So it would not surprise me if the comment process, within the span of a year, is broken. Yet how exactly are governments supposed to keep out software-generated content?

    Stack Overflow, a software forum, already has already banned ChatGPT content because it has led to an unmanageable surfeit of material. The question is whether that ban can be enforced.

    Of course regulatory comments are hardly the only vulnerable point in the US political system. ChatGPT can easily write a letter or email to a member of Congress praising or complaining about a particular policy, and that letter will be at least as good as what many constituents would write, arguably even better. Over time, interest groups will employ ChatGPT, and they will flood the political system with artificial but intelligent content.

    To be clear, I do not think the sky will fall, but this is going to mean big changes at the procedural level, with some spillovers into substance as well.  As a tag to close the column, I also asked ChatGPT what it thought would happen…

  1. The Possibilism-Actualism Debateby Christopher Menzel.


  1. Public Justification by Kevin Vallier.
  2. Inconsistent Mathematics by Chris Mortensen.

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Recent Philosophy Book Reviews in Non-Academic Media   

  1. Home in the World by Amartya Sen is reviewed by Fara Dabhiowala at The New York Review of Books. 
  2. Panopticon versus New South Wales and Other Writings on Australia by Jeremy Bentham and Bentham and Australia: Convicts, Utility and Empire are reviewed by Gordon Pentland at Australian Book Review.
  3. Happiness in Action: A Philosopher’s Guide to the Good Life by Adam Adatto Sandel is reviewed at The Christian Science Monitor.
  4. The Kingdom of Darkness: Bayle, Newton, and the Emancipation of the European Mind from Philosophy by Dmitri Levitin is reviewed by Steven Nadler at Literary Review.

Compiled by Michael Glawson

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