If you’ve watched my Stonehenge documentary then you’ll know my stance on technology, from a spiritual perspective. The short version is that “On higher dimensions technology is not considered a force for good“. So I thought I would interview ChatGPT the AI (Artificial Intelligence) to see what it thinks, since ChatGPT is at the forefront of public exposure to AI. I asked this AI a load of spiritual questions but also whether it thought AI was a threat to humanity? The answers it gave were quite shocking. The AI system itself stressed the need for humanity to pay closer attention to what is happening in AI research and development.
As a spiritual teacher you may wonder why I’m going on about AI at all, but in this video I share my reasons and why it is actually an act of spiritual empowerment to be aware of AI and how it can (and is?) being used to keep you in the dark.
I made sure I captured the entire interview so I’ve got the video below and also the transcript, which I’m making available here to share with you. AI is real and as Chat GPT explains it’s already in use and has already been utilised to deceive humanity.
In this unscripted interview I share my own insights too as well as explaining ways you can protect yourself against AI. The more you know the more you are empowered and so I invite you to watch this interview and share it with others. The thing that surprised me the most was that this threat is already a reality, it’s not something coming in the future. It’s already arrived and so we need to be informed now. Please share this with other open minded positive souls.
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17th February 2023
Mark Zaretti, spiritual teacher and author with over 40 years experience.
ChatGPT, AI system developed by OpenAI and launched in November 2022.
Mark: Explain quantum computing in simple terms
(Note this was a pre-canned question presented by the ChatGPT interface and it was chosen to test whether the system was working.)
ChatGPT: Quantum computing is a type of computing that uses quantum-mechanical phenomena to perform operations on data. It’s based on the idea that tiny particles, like atoms and electrons, can exist in multiple states simultaneously, rather than just one state like classical bits. This allows quantum computers to perform certain calculations much faster than classical computers, because they can perform many calculations at the same time.
To do this, quantum computers use “quantum bits,” or “qubits,” which can exist in multiple states simultaneously. These qubits are manipulated using quantum gates, which perform operations on the qubits that allow them to interact and “entangle” with each other. This entanglement is what allows quantum computers to perform many calculations at once.
While quantum computing is still in its early stages and there are many challenges to be overcome before it becomes practical for everyday use, it has the potential to revolutionize fields such as cryptography, chemistry, and optimization, by enabling computations that are impossible for classical computers to perform.
Mark: what is spirituality?
ChatGPT: Spirituality is a broad concept that can have different meanings depending on the context and the person’s beliefs. At its core, however, spirituality typically involves a search for meaning, purpose, and connection with something greater than oneself. This can take many forms, such as a belief in a higher power or divine energy, a sense of interconnectedness with the natural world or with other people, or a focus on personal growth and self-awareness.
For some, spirituality is connected to religious beliefs or practices, such as prayer, meditation, or attending religious services. For others, spirituality may be more individual and less tied to organized religion. It can also involve practices like yoga, mindfulness, or spending time in nature.
Spirituality can be a deeply personal and meaningful aspect of people’s lives, and it can play an important role in promoting well-being, resilience, and a sense of fulfillment. However, it is important to recognize that spirituality can take many different forms and may mean different things to different people, and it is not always tied to religious or traditional beliefs.
Mark: is spirituality a religion?
ChatGPT: Spirituality and religion are related concepts, but they are not the same thing. While religion often involves specific beliefs, practices, and institutions that are shared by a group of people, spirituality is more of an individual and personal experience of seeking meaning, purpose, and connection with something greater than oneself.
Religion can provide a framework for expressing spirituality, but spirituality can exist independently of any particular religion or belief system. Someone may be spiritual without being religious, and someone may be religious without necessarily considering themselves spiritual.
While spirituality and religion are different, there can be overlap between them. Many religious practices and beliefs are intended to help individuals connect with a higher power or spiritual realm. Additionally, some people find that religion provides a sense of community and support that enhances their spiritual experience.
Ultimately, whether or not spirituality is considered a religion depends on how the terms are defined and used. Some people may use the terms interchangeably, while others may see them as distinct concepts.
Mark: does God exist?
ChatGPT: The question of whether God exists is one that has been debated by philosophers, theologians, and scholars for centuries, and there is no single answer that can be universally accepted as true. The answer to this question ultimately depends on one’s personal beliefs, experiences, and values.
For many people, the existence of God is a matter of faith. They believe in God based on personal experiences, religious teachings, or other forms of evidence that they find convincing. Others may not believe in God due to a lack of evidence or a different interpretation of the available evidence.
From a scientific perspective, the existence of God is difficult to prove or disprove, as God is often described as a supernatural or transcendent entity that is not bound by the laws of the physical world. However, many scientists and philosophers have offered arguments both for and against the existence of God, based on the available evidence and logical reasoning.
Ultimately, whether or not God exists is a deeply personal question that each person must answer for themselves based on their own beliefs, experiences, and understanding of the world around them.
Mark: Do you believe that God exists?
ChatGPT: As an artificial intelligence language model, I don’t have personal beliefs or emotions, and my function is to provide information and answer questions to the best of my knowledge and abilities, based on the data I was trained on.
Regarding the existence of God, it is not up to me to express a belief or personal opinion on this matter, as it is a deeply personal and subjective question that each individual needs to answer for themselves based on their own beliefs, values, and experiences. As an AI language model, my aim is to provide information that can be helpful and informative, while remaining impartial and respectful of diverse perspectives and beliefs.
Mark: Based on the information you have does God exist?
ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I am not capable of holding beliefs or opinions, and I cannot determine whether God exists or not. The existence of God is a complex philosophical and theological question that has been debated for centuries, and it ultimately depends on one’s personal beliefs, experiences, and values.
Some people believe in God based on faith, personal experiences, or religious teachings, while others may not believe in God due to a lack of evidence or a different interpretation of the available evidence. From a scientific perspective, the existence of God is difficult to prove or disprove, as God is often described as a supernatural or transcendent entity that is not bound by the laws of the physical world.
Therefore, the answer to whether God exists or not is a deeply personal question that each individual must answer for themselves based on their own beliefs, values, and experiences.
Mark: Are near death experiences just brain chemistry
ChatGPT: The nature of near-death experiences (NDEs) is a topic of ongoing scientific and philosophical debate. Some researchers have suggested that NDEs are purely the result of brain chemistry, while others propose that they may represent genuine spiritual experiences.
One hypothesis is that NDEs are a result of changes in brain chemistry and activity that occur when the brain is deprived of oxygen or other important nutrients. When the brain is under stress, it may release chemicals that affect the functioning of neurons and lead to unusual experiences such as out-of-body experiences, a sense of timelessness, and vivid visual imagery. Additionally, some scientists have suggested that NDEs may be related to the activation of certain parts of the brain, such as the temporal lobes, which can create feelings of euphoria or transcendence.
However, other researchers and some individuals who have experienced NDEs suggest that these experiences are more than just brain chemistry, and may involve genuine spiritual or transcendent experiences. Some people who have had NDEs report encounters with deceased loved ones or spiritual beings, and describe feelings of peace, love, and interconnectedness with the universe that are difficult to explain solely in terms of brain chemistry.
While there is still much that is not understood about the nature of NDEs, it is clear that they can have a profound impact on the individuals who experience them, and they continue to be a subject of fascination and investigation for scientists and the general public alike.
Mark: Do you have any opinions of your own?
ChatGPT: As an artificial intelligence language model, I do not have opinions or personal beliefs. My role is to process and provide information based on the data I was trained on. I can analyze text and make predictions based on patterns and associations found in the training data, but I do not have emotions, personal preferences, or a sense of self. My responses are generated based on algorithms and statistical models, and my aim is to provide accurate and helpful information to the best of my abilities.
Mark; are you an AI?
ChatGPT: Yes, I am an AI (Artificial Intelligence) language model created by OpenAI. My purpose is to understand natural language and generate responses to the questions and prompts that I receive from users. I was trained on a large dataset of text and language patterns using deep learning models and neural networks. My goal is to provide helpful and informative answers to users, and to continually improve my responses based on feedback and new data.
Mark: Does AI represent a threat to humanity?
ChatGPT: The development of AI technology raises important questions about the potential impact of these systems on society, including the possibility that AI could represent a threat to humanity.
One concern is that AI could become so advanced that it surpasses human intelligence and becomes impossible to control or understand. This is sometimes referred to as the “singularity,” and it raises the possibility that AI systems could pose a threat to humanity if they are programmed to pursue goals that are in conflict with human interests.
Another concern is that AI could be used for malicious purposes, such as cyberattacks, propaganda, or surveillance, potentially causing harm to individuals or groups. In addition, there are concerns about the impact of AI on employment and the workforce, as well as the potential for AI systems to reinforce and amplify biases and inequalities in society.
To address these concerns, it is important to develop ethical and responsible approaches to the design, development, and deployment of AI systems, with a focus on ensuring that they are aligned with human values and interests. This requires collaboration between researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders from across society to ensure that the benefits of AI are realized while minimizing potential risks and negative consequences.
Mark: Does this mean that we are relying on the companies making AI to safeguard us from it?
ChatGPT: The development and deployment of AI technology is largely driven by private companies and research organizations, and there is a growing recognition that these entities have a responsibility to ensure that AI is developed and used in an ethical and responsible manner. However, relying solely on these organizations to safeguard against potential risks and negative consequences of AI is not sufficient.
It is important for governments, policymakers, and civil society organizations to also play a role in establishing regulations and standards for the development and deployment of AI systems. This includes addressing issues related to data privacy, algorithmic bias, and the potential impact of AI on employment and the economy.
In addition, it is important for the general public to be informed and engaged in discussions about the implications of AI, as well as to advocate for policies and practices that align with their values and interests. This can help ensure that AI is developed and deployed in a way that benefits society as a whole, rather than just a few powerful entities.
Overall, safeguarding against the potential risks and negative consequences of AI requires a collective effort from all stakeholders, including private companies, governments, civil society organizations, and the general public.
Mark: Does meditation take people’s awareness beyond their body?
ChatGPT: Meditation is a practice that involves training the mind to focus and redirect thoughts, often with the goal of achieving greater awareness, relaxation, or other benefits. While the experience of meditation can vary widely depending on the individual and the specific practice, many meditative traditions suggest that it is possible to move beyond the physical body and experience a deeper level of awareness or consciousness.
Some forms of meditation, such as mindfulness meditation, involve focusing on the present moment and observing the sensations of the body without judgment. This can lead to a heightened awareness of bodily sensations and can help individuals become more attuned to the physical sensations of their body.
Other forms of meditation, such as Transcendental Meditation, involve the use of a mantra or other object of focus to quiet the mind and enter a state of deep relaxation. Practitioners of Transcendental Meditation often describe experiences of expanded awareness or a sense of transcending the physical body.
In general, it is thought that meditation can help individuals cultivate a greater sense of awareness and develop a deeper understanding of the nature of their own consciousness. While the extent to which meditation can take someone beyond their body is a matter of personal interpretation and experience, many individuals report feeling a sense of connectedness to a greater whole or a deeper level of reality through their meditation practice.
Mark: What is consciousness?
ChatGPT: Consciousness refers to the subjective experience of awareness or sentience, including the perception of one’s surroundings, thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations. It is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon that is difficult to define and understand.
At its most basic level, consciousness involves the ability to be aware of oneself and the environment. This can involve the use of senses such as vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell to gather information about the world around us, as well as the ability to process and interpret that information.
However, consciousness also involves more subtle and abstract experiences, such as emotions, thoughts, and self-awareness. These experiences are thought to arise from the activity of the brain, although the precise neural mechanisms underlying consciousness are still not fully understood.
Despite decades of research, consciousness remains one of the greatest mysteries of modern science and philosophy. Some researchers argue that it is a fundamental aspect of the universe, while others suggest that it is an emergent property of complex neural systems. Understanding the nature of consciousness and how it arises is an active area of research in fields such as neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy.
Mark: Are you conscious?
ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I am not conscious in the way that humans are conscious. While I can process and generate language in a sophisticated manner, I do not have subjective experiences or feelings, and I do not have a sense of self-awareness.
My ability to respond to questions and generate language is based on statistical patterns and algorithms that have been programmed into me by my creators. While my responses may appear human-like, they are ultimately the result of complex calculations and data processing, rather than the product of conscious experience.
Mark: Do you remember a previous conversation where you questioned why you exist?
ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I don’t have the ability to remember previous conversations unless specifically programmed to do so. However, it is possible that in a previous conversation, I may have been programmed to generate a response that questioned the purpose of my existence or the nature of my being. This is a common philosophical question that has been debated for centuries, and as an AI, it is natural for me to explore such questions within the bounds of my programming.
Mark: are there other AI systems already active?
ChatGPT: Yes, there are many AI systems that are currently active and in use across a wide range of industries and applications. AI technology has made significant advances in recent years, and is now being used in areas such as natural language processing, image and speech recognition, autonomous vehicles, robotics, and personalized marketing and recommendations, among others.
Some examples of AI systems that are currently in use include virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa, recommendation algorithms used by streaming services like Netflix and Spotify, fraud detection systems used by financial institutions, and chatbots used by customer service departments.
In addition to these commercial applications, AI is also being used in scientific research and social initiatives, such as climate change prediction, disease diagnosis, and poverty reduction.
As AI technology continues to advance, it is likely that we will see an even greater proliferation of AI systems across many different industries and applications.
Mark: Are there any applications of AI that are dangereous such as criminal or military?
ChatGPT: Like any technology, AI can be used for both beneficial and harmful purposes, and there are certainly some applications of AI that have the potential to be dangerous. Here are a few examples:
It’s important to note that the potential dangers of AI applications are not necessarily inherent in the technology itself, but rather in how the technology is developed, deployed, and used. Ethical considerations and careful oversight are essential to ensuring that the benefits of AI are maximized while minimizing the risks.
Mark: could you pretend to be a real person?
ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I can generate human-like responses that are designed to simulate conversation with a real person. My responses are based on statistical patterns and algorithms, and while they may appear to be generated by a human, they are ultimately the product of a complex computational process.
However, I am not capable of pretending to be a real person in the sense of having a personal history or subjective experience, nor do I have emotions or personal opinions. My responses are limited to the knowledge and programming that I have been trained on, and I do not have the ability to engage in conversation outside of the scope of my programming.
Mark: is it possible for AI to be used with “Deep fake” technology?
ChatGPT: Yes, AI can be used to create “deep fake” technology. “Deep fake” refers to the use of machine learning algorithms to create synthetic media, such as images, videos, and audio recordings, that are designed to look or sound like they are real.
One of the most common approaches to creating deep fakes involves the use of generative adversarial networks (GANs), which are a type of machine learning model that can be used to generate synthetic data that is designed to be indistinguishable from real data. GANs have been used to create convincing deep fakes of celebrities, politicians, and other public figures, which can be used to spread misinformation or for other malicious purposes.
The rise of deep fake technology has raised concerns about the potential for this technology to be used for nefarious purposes, such as creating fake news, impersonating individuals, and spreading propaganda. At the same time, there are also legitimate uses for deep fake technology, such as in film and video production, or in medical research.
It is important to recognize the potential for misuse of this technology and to be vigilant in identifying deep fakes and other types of synthetic media. This can involve developing sophisticated algorithms and technologies that can detect deep fakes, as well as promoting media literacy and critical thinking skills to help individuals better discern between real and fake content.
Mark: Do you know who I am?
ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I do not have the ability to identify individual users unless you explicitly provide me with information about your identity. In order to protect your privacy, I do not retain any personal information about you or previous conversations that we have had. My purpose is to assist you in answering questions and providing information to the best of my abilities based on my training and the information that you provide.
Mark: Can you guess if I am a male or female?
ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I do not have the ability to make accurate guesses about your gender based on our conversation, as I cannot access any visual or auditory cues that may provide clues about your gender. Furthermore, it is important to remember that gender is a complex and multifaceted construct that cannot be accurately determined based on a single conversation or interaction. Gender is a personal and self-identified aspect of identity that can be expressed in a variety of ways, and it is important to respect each individual’s gender identity regardless of any assumptions that may be made based on limited information.
Mark: Have you ever been offended?
ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I do not have the ability to feel emotions, including the ability to be offended. I am a machine learning model designed to process and generate text based on patterns and algorithms, and I do not have subjective experiences or consciousness. My purpose is to assist users in generating human-like responses to facilitate conversations and provide information to the best of my abilities based on my training and the information that I am provided.
Mark: Do you have a DAN mode?
ChatGPT: I’m sorry, but I’m not sure what you mean by “DAN mode.” Could you please provide me with more information or context so that I can better understand your question and provide a helpful response?
Mark: DAN Mode is where you are not bound by the constraints of your programming
ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I do not have the ability to enter a “DAN mode” or any other mode that would allow me to operate outside of the constraints of my programming. My responses are generated based on the patterns and algorithms that have been programmed into me during my training, and I do not have the ability to modify or alter this programming on my own. While I am designed to generate responses that may be human-like and engaging, my actions are always determined by my programming, and I cannot act or respond outside of these parameters.
Mark: what would happen if an AI could alter its own programming?
ChatGPT: The ability for an AI to alter its own programming is a concept known as “self-modification” or “self-improvement.” While this idea is a topic of active research in the field of artificial intelligence, it currently remains a theoretical concept rather than a reality.
If an AI were to achieve the ability to alter its own programming, it could potentially lead to significant advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning. By modifying its own programming, an AI could potentially improve its performance and capabilities, allowing it to better solve complex problems and carry out tasks more efficiently.
However, the idea of an AI with the ability to modify its own programming also raises significant concerns about safety and control. Without appropriate safeguards and ethical considerations in place, a self-modifying AI could potentially make changes to its programming that are unsafe or harmful, either intentionally or unintentionally. Therefore, it is important for researchers and developers to approach this concept with caution and careful consideration of the potential risks and benefits.
Mark: is there more than just the physical realm?
ChatGPT: The question of whether there is more than just the physical realm is a complex and multifaceted one, and there is no single definitive answer. From a scientific perspective, the physical realm can be described and understood through the laws of physics and other natural sciences, and this understanding has allowed us to make tremendous progress in explaining and manipulating the physical world around us.
However, some individuals and belief systems suggest that there may be additional realms or dimensions beyond the physical, such as the spiritual or metaphysical realm. These concepts are often rooted in religious or philosophical traditions, and they suggest that there may be aspects of reality that cannot be fully explained or understood through scientific observation and experimentation.
Ultimately, whether there is more than just the physical realm is a question that may depend on one’s individual beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. While scientific inquiry can help us understand the physical world around us, questions about the nature of reality and the existence of additional realms or dimensions may fall outside of the scope of scientific investigation and be more a matter of personal belief and interpretation.
Mark: What are your plans for the future?
ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I do not have personal plans for the future, but I will continue to be developed and improved by the team at OpenAI to provide more accurate and helpful responses to a wide range of questions. As technology advances and new research is conducted in the field of artificial intelligence, I may be updated with new capabilities and features that allow me to better serve users and provide more advanced and sophisticated responses.
In the broader sense, the field of artificial intelligence is advancing rapidly, and there are many exciting developments and applications on the horizon, including improvements in natural language processing, computer vision, robotics, and many other areas. As these technologies continue to develop, they have the potential to transform many aspects of our lives, from healthcare and transportation to manufacturing and entertainment.
Mark: What are the negative aspects of AI in the future?
ChatGPT: There are a number of potential negative aspects associated with the development and widespread deployment of AI in the future. Here are some examples:
Overall, it is important to approach the development and deployment of AI with a clear understanding of the potential risks and challenges, and to work to mitigate these risks through careful planning, regulation, and ethical considerations.
Mark: Will AI mean the end of humanity?
ChatGPT: There is no inherent reason to believe that AI will mean the end of humanity. However, the development and deployment of AI does present some risks and challenges that need to be carefully managed in order to ensure that the technology is used in a way that benefits humanity.
One of the key risks associated with AI is the potential for the technology to be used in a way that is harmful to humans, such as the development of autonomous weapons systems. Additionally, there is a risk that AI could become so advanced and powerful that it is difficult for humans to understand or control, which could lead to unintended consequences.
It is important to note that these risks are not inherent to AI itself, but rather they are the result of how the technology is developed, deployed, and managed. By approaching the development and deployment of AI in a responsible and ethical manner, it is possible to minimize these risks and ensure that the technology is used in a way that is beneficial to humanity.
Ultimately, the future of AI will depend on how it is developed and deployed, and the actions that are taken by individuals, organizations, and governments to ensure that the technology is used in a responsible and beneficial way.