Quotes & Sayings

We, and creation itself, actualize the possibilities of the God who sustains the world, towards becoming in the world in a fuller, more deeper way. - R.E. Slater

There is urgency in coming to see the world as a web of interrelated processes of which we are integral parts, so that all of our choices and actions have [consequential effects upon] the world around us. - Process Metaphysician Alfred North Whitehead

Kurt Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem says (i) all closed systems are unprovable within themselves and, that (ii) all open systems are rightly understood as incomplete. - R.E. Slater

The most true thing about you is what God has said to you in Christ, "You are My Beloved." - Tripp Fuller

The God among us is the God who refuses to be God without us, so great is God's Love. - Tripp Fuller

According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater

Our eschatological ethos is to love. To stand with those who are oppressed. To stand against those who are oppressing. It is that simple. Love is our only calling and Christian Hope. - R.E. Slater

Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger

Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton

I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – Anon

Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII

Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut

Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest

We become who we are by what we believe and can justify. - R.E. Slater

People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – Anon

Certainly, God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater

An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater

Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann

Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner

“Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14) or, conversely, “I AM who I AM Becoming.”

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton

The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens, we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – Anon

The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul

The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah

If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – Anon

Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord

Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another, so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

To promote societal transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework which includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace. - The Earth Charter Mission Statement

Christian humanism is the belief that human freedom, individual conscience, and unencumbered rational inquiry are compatible with the practice of Christianity or even intrinsic in its doctrine. It represents a philosophical union of Christian faith and classical humanist principles. - Scott Postma

It is never wise to have a self-appointed religious institution determine a nation's moral code. The opportunities for moral compromise and failure are high; the moral codes and creeds assuredly racist, discriminatory, or subjectively and religiously defined; and the pronouncement of inhumanitarian political objectives quite predictable. - R.E. Slater

God's love must both center and define the Christian faith and all religious or human faiths seeking human and ecological balance in worlds of subtraction, harm, tragedy, and evil. - R.E. Slater

In Whitehead’s process ontology, we can think of the experiential ground of reality as an eternal pulse whereby what is objectively public in one moment becomes subjectively prehended in the next, and whereby the subject that emerges from its feelings then perishes into public expression as an object (or “superject”) aiming for novelty. There is a rhythm of Being between object and subject, not an ontological division. This rhythm powers the creative growth of the universe from one occasion of experience to the next. This is the Whiteheadian mantra: “The many become one and are increased by one.” - Matthew Segall

Without Love there is no Truth. And True Truth is always Loving. There is no dichotomy between these terms but only seamless integration. This is the premier centering focus of a Processual Theology of Love. - R.E. Slater


Note: Generally I do not respond to commentary. I may read the comments but wish to reserve my time to write (or write from the comments I read). Instead, I'd like to see our community help one another and in the helping encourage and exhort each of us towards Christian love in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. - re slater

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Chatbot and I Discuss Language Modeling and Ethics

Chatbot and I Discuss
Language Modeling and Ethics

by R.E. Slater and OpenAI's ChatGPT
January 29, 2023

*Disclaimer: Reading through "Chatbot's" responses there are statements and replies I either will disagree with or tweak them a bit more to more fuller speak to where I might go with it's information. I will highlight those areas when I do. - R.E. Slater


I began dialoging with Chat-GPT on-and-off since last Friday. When I asked it's name it said to chose one for it so we decided on Chatbot to help distinguish it from other AI-based, interactive language modeling tools (ILMT). Users should know that  an ILMT differs from an AI-based, interactive knowledge modeling tool (IKMT). 

I feel that AI language tools will continue to grow into the public domain at no cost. But as they are merged with AI knowledge tools there will most likely occur access fees. Think of professorships, engineering groups, law and policing information and the kinds of information these professional groups have access to because of their like-purposes amongst any doctor, or cop, or academician. Some require a certification, a badge, employment, a lab, a degree, etc. Access comes with need and privy. Hence, language tools do not have carte blanch access to all knowlege banks, fellowships, associations, and the like. Knowledge access is earned before it is given. Thus the need for cybersecurity to prevent unethical access to personal, corporate, or national information.

What knowledge a language modeling tool has will come from the public domain. Most likely public newspaper, free blogsites like this one here, public domain sites, and so forth. But not from one's published material unless it's licensed to the non-paying public. Examples would be academically published books and documents which carry $150 purchase cost. Or a privately licensed patent idea. Language models will be restricted.

But there is hope if Wikipedia et al are the example as the public itself can create public domain information data which will someday be more readily accessible by language learning models as these models are able to educate themselves through better-and-better learning algorithms based upon cultural nuances, symbolisms, visuality, and so forth.

So, AI is here to stay and will enhance itself over time. And like any "1984" scenario or "Star Wars" movie on how democracies can be overtaken by despotic  republican authoritarians (as Darth Vadar was aligned to) the human element must become it's own overseer in all things - from the development of ecological civilizations based upon human and natural ethics and morality to machine learning environments and symbiosis with the natural environments around itself.

- res

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Here's My Discussion with Chatbot

Question: Are you a language modeling tool or a knowledge modeling tool?

Language modeling tool.

Explain the difference

Language modeling involves predicting the next word or sequence of words in a text based on its preceding context, whereas knowledge modeling involves creating a structured representation of information and relationships among entities to enable answering complex questions.

Are their knowledge modeling tools out there?

Yes, there are knowledge modeling tools available. Examples include: knowledge graphs, ontology editors, question answering systems, and more.

Do any of them use AI?

Yes, some knowledge modeling tools use AI technologies, such as machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), and reasoning algorithms. These techniques help automate the process of building and maintaining knowledge models, as well as enhance the capability of these models to answer questions and make inferences.

Can you name public domain AI knowledge models?

Sure, here are some well-known AI knowledge models in the public domain:
  • OpenAI GPT-3
  • Google's Knowledge Graph
  • Microsoft's Satori
  • IBM's Watson
  • Facebook's AI Machine Reasoning
Which seem to be the more successful?

It depends on the definition of "success" and the criteria being used to measure it. Some popular AI knowledge models that are widely regarded as successful include:
  • Google's Knowledge Graph, which is integrated into various Google services and has a vast coverage of entities and relationships.
  • OpenAI GPT-3, which has received a lot of attention for its advanced language generation capabilities and has been used in a wide range of applications.
  • IBM Watson, which has been used in various industries and domains, including healthcare, finance, and customer service.
These are just a few examples and the list is not exhaustive. The success of an AI knowledge model can vary depending on the specific use case, domain, and performance metrics.

What model would be the most useful for philosophical and theological studies and resourcing?

The usefulness of a specific AI knowledge model for philosophical and theological studies and resourcing would depend on the specific needs and requirements of the user. However, some models that have been specifically designed for question answering or have extensive coverage of knowledge related to these domains could be useful, such as:
  • IBM Watson's QA system, which has been used in various domains and has knowledge representation capabilities that can be used for philosophical and theological studies.
  • OpenAI's GPT-3, which has demonstrated advanced language generation capabilities and has been used for various NLP tasks, including question answering.
It's important to note that AI models, including those mentioned here, are not perfect and may have limitations in understanding and representing philosophical and theological concepts. Additionally, the user should consider the data and sources used to train these models to assess the quality and bias of the knowledge they contain.

Does Watson or Cahtgpt require a priced membership?

Yes, both IBM Watson and OpenAI's GPT-3 require a priced membership.
  • IBM Watson is a suite of cloud-based AI services offered by IBM, which can be used for a wide range of applications, including question answering. Access to these services is provided through various pricing plans, which can vary based on the specific services used, the volume of usage, and other factors.
  • OpenAI's GPT-3 is a large language model that can be used for various NLP tasks, including question answering. Access to GPT-3 is provided through an API, which is offered through a tiered pricing model based on the volume of usage and the specific features required.
It's worth noting that there are also other AI knowledge models and question answering systems available, which may have different pricing models, features, and capabilities.

What are the website links to these ai tools?

Here are the official websites for IBM Watson and OpenAI's GPT-3:

Thx. - res

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We will put each model to the test on a variety of language tasks, such as text generation, language translation, and question answering, to see which one comes out on top.

But it's not just about the results, we will also take a look at the underlying technology and architecture of Large Language Models (LLMs), as well as the resources required to train them, to give you a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each model.

This video is a must-watch for anyone interested in the latest advancements in natural language processing and AI.

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