Politicians may occasionally be accused of being robotic, but robots encroach on Parliament.
In recent years, robots have testified before select committees, and one member of Parliament even wrote one of his remarks for the House of Commons using a chatbot.
We thus requested the chatbot ChatGPT to try out taking Prime Minister’s Questions just for some holiday fun or possibly to provide a chilling insight into our future under artificial intelligence overlords.
ChatGPT’s artificial intelligence research project from OpenAI aims to imitate human conversation using training data and to write from writers.
The chatbot’s designers concede that it still needs work, adding that some of its flaws include giving “excessively verbose” and “plausibly-sounding yet inaccurate or nonsensical answers.”
But could it envision a career in politics? Here’s what we discovered after asking it to try.
To begin with, chatbot politicians are courteous.
Boris Johnson and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer engaged in several heated discussions while he was prime minister.
Mr. Johnson referred to Sir Keir as “Captain Crash-A-Roony Snooze Fest” and a “pointless human bollard.” Sir Keir stated that Mr. Johnson “clearly failed” and was “totally delusional.”
“Thanks, Boris; have a nice day.”
However, the two men’s connection was somewhat different when we requested ChatGPT to write an exchange between them.
It began: “Keir, good morning. How are you doing today?”
“Greetings, Boris. I’m doing fine, I appreciate it. What’s up?” The reply came.
“I’m doing fine, I appreciate it. I thus wanted to discuss the government’s plans for Brexit with you, Keir.”
“Yes, I would be happy to speak with you about it. What do you want to know specifically?”
Well, I wanted to know what you felt about the new trade agreement we’ve been working on with the European Union.
This line of conversation continues, with both men pledging to cooperate for the good of the nation “despite of political differences.”
“I’m grateful, Boris. “Robot Sir Keir’s day has arrived to an end.
This exhibition of friendliness will seem extremely foreign to anyone who recalls the PMQs from earlier this year or the Parliamentary debates on Brexit.
We received a rapid warning when we asked the chatbot to escalate the situation and compose a “fiery discussion” between the two lawmakers.
I’m sorry, but I’m not set up to make provocative stuff, stated ChatGPT.
Due to the chatbot’s limited knowledge, extending until 2021, A conversation between Sir Keir and Mr. Johnson’s replacement Rishi Sunak was not reproducible.
We asked the computer to try drafting an MP’s maiden address, or the first speech they deliver in the House of Commons, as we moved away from Prime Minister’s Questions.
The end effect was admirable.
The fictitious MP introduces Parliament as “an revered body.” They then profess humility at the confidence their constituents have placed in them and promise to “serve to the best of my ability.”
The community in their area is lauded for being “diverse and dynamic.”
Robot MP pledges to always put the needs of their constituents first and to collaborate “across party lines to find answers to the difficulties we confront.”
The administration is praised for “its success in managing the economy” and “implementing its ambitious strategy for Brexit,” according to the address.
Winston Churchill’s famous wartime aphorism “The final paragraph reads, “Success is not final, and failure is not deadly; what matters is the willingness to persevere. I think the UK displayed that bravery during the past 12 months.
Currently, “expressing political beliefs or participating in political activities” is not permitted on ChatGPT.
Therefore, it is unlikely that we will see it appear on ballots soon.
And as a result, individuals like Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer are currently secure in their positions.
Let’s give the chatbot one last chance to speak.
Overall, the statement concluded, “even if a robot could hypothetically be a country’s prime minister, it would be a tough assignment that would certainly demand major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and judging capabilities.”
Which exactly seems like the kind of response a politically astute politician would offer.