Chat-GPT as a bullshit engine

This is a brilliant podcast with Dan McQuillan whose book I’m reviewing for LSE Review of Books in the near future. I was particularly taken with this line:

It’s literally making stuff up and it has no idea what it’s making up, therefore it’s a bullshit engine. It’s a bullshit engine in that it makes stuff up which has no semantic content, grounding or causality in it. And it’s bullshit because its only goal is to be plausible.

This is the second time recently I’ve seen ‘bullshit’ used as a serious frame for this. I must go back and read Frankfurt’s On Bullshit with this in mind. I’ve not read it yet but this post on Dan’s blog looks useful:

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