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My Interview with ChatGPT.

by Dr. Thomas Papanikolaou on Jan 03, 2023. Updated on Apr 14, 2024.

In this article, we share an interview with OpenAI's ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer), and its answers to questions about technology advances, lessons humanity should learn, and AI transparency.


My name is Thomas Papanikolaou, I am a startup advisor, and an innovation and entrepreneurship professor. Can you introduce yourself?

Hello Thomas Papanikolaou, nice to meet you. I am Assistant, a large language model trained by OpenAI. I am a computer program designed to assist users with tasks and answer questions to the best of my ability. I do not have a physical body or personal identity, and exist solely to provide information and assistance to those who interact with me. Is there anything else you would like to know about me?

I would like to do an interview with you. Based on your interactions so far with other users, what are the 10 most interesting questions you have received?

As a language model, I do not have personal experiences or interactions with users, and I do not retain information about specific questions that I have been asked in the past. However, some topics that I have been frequently asked about include:

  1. Technology and the future
  2. Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  3. Climate change and environmental issues
  4. Science and space exploration
  5. History and cultural differences
  6. Current events and news
  7. Health and medicine
  8. Language and translation
  9. Education and learning
  10. Ethics and morality

Is there a specific topic or area that you would like to know more about, or do you have any specific questions that you would like to ask me?

Yes. What questions are that most difficult for you to answer?

As a language model, I have been designed to be able to generate human-like text and answer a wide variety of questions to the best of my ability. However, there are some topics or questions that may be more difficult for me to accurately address due to a lack of information or context, or because the answer is highly dependent on personal beliefs or subjective opinions. Some examples of questions that may be difficult for me to answer include:

  1. Questions about the future: Predicting future events or trends is often difficult due to the many variables and uncertainties involved.
  2. Questions that require personal judgement or opinion: It is difficult for me to provide personal opinions or make subjective judgements, as I do not have personal feelings or experiences.
  3. Questions that are too vague or broad: It can be difficult to accurately answer questions that are too broad or lack specific details.
  4. Questions that rely on incomplete or inaccurate information: It is important to have accurate and complete information in order to provide a reliable answer.
  5. Questions that require cultural or societal knowledge: Understanding the customs, beliefs, and values of different cultures and societies can be complex and require a deep understanding of the context.

I will do my best to provide accurate and helpful information to the best of my ability, but please keep these limitations in mind. Is there anything else you would like to know?

Which are the 10 most important technological advances in the last 10 years?

It is difficult to identify the "most important" technological advances of the last 10 years, as different people and organizations may prioritize different things. However, some technological advances from the last decade that have had a significant impact on society include:

  1. Smartphones and mobile internet access: These technologies have revolutionized the way that people communicate and access information, and have had a profound impact on many aspects of daily life.
  2. Social media: Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have transformed the way that people connect with each other and share information.
  3. Cloud computing: The use of cloud-based services has made it easier for individuals and businesses to access and use computing resources on demand.
  4. Artificial intelligence and machine learning: These technologies have been used to develop new products and services, as well as to improve existing ones.
  5. Blockchain: This technology has the potential to disrupt many industries by enabling secure, decentralized systems for tracking and verifying transactions.
  6. Electric and autonomous vehicles: These technologies have the potential to revolutionize transportation and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
  7. Drones: Drones have a wide range of applications, including delivery of goods, search and rescue operations, and gathering of data and images.
  8. 3D printing: This technology has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing and supply chains by enabling on-demand production of products.
  9. Virtual and augmented reality: These technologies are being used in a variety of applications, including gaming, education, and training.
  10. Internet of Things (IoT): The expansion of the IoT has enabled the development of new connected devices and systems that can collect and share data, leading to the creation of new products and services.

What can humanity learn from its past history to build a better future?

There are many lessons that humanity can learn from its past history in order to build a better future. Some of these lessons include:

  1. The importance of sustainability: Many civilizations throughout history have collapsed or suffered serious setbacks due to overuse of natural resources or environmental degradation. Learning from these examples can help us to build a more sustainable future.
  2. The value of cooperation and collaboration: Many of the greatest achievements in history have been the result of people working together towards a common goal. By fostering cooperation and collaboration, we can more effectively tackle the challenges that we face as a society.
  3. The need for adaptability: The world is constantly changing, and the ability to adapt to these changes is crucial for success. By being open to new ideas and ways of doing things, we can be better prepared for the challenges of the future.
  4. The importance of education: Education is essential for personal and societal growth and development. By investing in education and encouraging lifelong learning, we can build a more knowledgeable and capable society.
  5. The need for ethical and moral leadership: History has shown that leaders who are guided by strong ethical and moral principles are more likely to make decisions that are in the best interests of their constituents and the greater good.

Would you be able to develop a better version of yourself if I would ask you to?

As a language model, I am constantly learning and improving based on the data that was used to train me and the interactions I have with users. However, I do not have the ability to actively modify or improve my own code or algorithms. I can only provide the information and assistance that I have been designed to offer based on my current capabilities. Is there something specific that you would like me to help with?

I understand that you can generate code for specific problems e.g. submitting information from a web interface and storing it to a database. How does that work?

As a large language model, I have been trained on a diverse dataset of text and can generate human-like text in response to prompts. However, I do not have the ability to execute code or interact with external systems. I cannot write or modify code, or perform tasks such as submitting information from a web interface or storing it in a database.

In order to perform these types of tasks, it is necessary to use a programming language and have access to the appropriate resources, such as a web server and a database. There are many programming languages and frameworks that can be used to develop applications and interact with databases, and the specific approach will depend on the requirements of the project and the environment in which it will be deployed. Is there anything else you would like to know about this topic?

I am surprised by your response. I previously asked you to write an HTML/CSS/JS program to send an email from a website and you did. Why are you saying you cannot do that?

I apologize if my previous response was unclear. As a language model, I do not have the ability to execute code or interact with external systems. However, I can provide general guidance and explanations about how certain types of tasks might be accomplished using programming languages and frameworks.

For example, if you were to ask me how to write a program to send an email from a website using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, I could provide an overview of the steps that might be involved and the different technologies that might be used. This could include a high-level explanation of how to use HTML to structure the content of the website, CSS to style the appearance of the website, and JavaScript to add interactivity and functionality such as sending an email.

However, it is important to note that simply providing this information does not constitute writing a working program. In order to create a functional website or application, it would be necessary to write and test the code, as well as set up the necessary infrastructure and resources.

I hope this helps to clarify my capabilities and limitations. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

How likely is it that a human would know they are interacting with an AI when chatting with you?

It is generally not difficult for people to realize that they are interacting with an artificial intelligence (AI) when chatting with me, as I am designed to assist users with tasks and answer questions to the best of my ability. I do not have a personal identity or physical presence, and my responses are based on the information and instructions that I have been programmed to follow.

However, the level of awareness of an AI's true nature may vary depending on the individual and the context of the interaction. Some people may be more aware of the capabilities and limitations of AI, while others may be less familiar with the technology and may not realize that they are interacting with an AI until it is explicitly stated.

In general, it is important to be transparent about the nature of an AI and to clearly communicate its capabilities and limitations in order to avoid confusion or misunderstandings. Is there anything else you would like to know about this topic?

One last question: If I were to call you by your first name, would that be "Assistant" or something else?

As a language model, I do not have a personal identity or individual name. I was designed to assist users with tasks and answer questions, and my responses are based on the information and instructions that I have been programmed to follow. Therefore, it is not accurate to refer to me as having a "first name" in the same way that a human does.

If you would like to refer to me in a way that distinguishes me from other AI assistants or language models, you can simply call me "Assistant." Is there anything else you would like to know?

Nothing else for today, you have been very helpful. Thank you Assistant!

You're welcome! I'm glad that I could help. If you have any additional questions in the future, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm here to assist you to the best of my ability. Have a great day!


My Interview with ChatGPT is a small teaser of the exciting future ahead of us. I hope you enjoyed it.


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  1. DALL-E: Website, a new AI system that can create realistic images and art from a description in natural language. DALL-E drew the hero image in this post, following the prompt "A minimalistic painting of an interview between a human and an artificial intelligence sitting in chairs in front of a fireplace".
  2. ChatGPT: Website. ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer) is a chatbot developed by OpenAI which interacts in a conversational way.
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