# Re: NYTimes.com: Will a Chatbot Write the Next ‘Succession’?

`On Sat, Apr 29, 2023 at 8:29 PM Jesse Mazer <laserma...@gmail.com> wrote:`
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*> The first example they give is the question 'Jack and Jill are sitting
> side by side. The person next to Jack is angry. The person next to Jill is
> happy. Who is happy, Jack or Jill?' Both GPT3 and GPT4 think Jill is happy.*
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A few years ago people would be delighted if they could get a computer to
just understand a question, never mind give the right answer, but yeah that
was pretty dumb, it seems to have had a brain fart.

On the other hand, just a week ago I posed the following question to GPT4,
it's the same sort of question although more difficult but this time it got
it right.

Me: If somebody says to me "*I could not fail to disagree with you less*"
do they agree with me or disagree?

*GPT4: The phrase "I could not fail to disagree with you less" is a double
negative, which can be confusing. However, if we break it down, we can see
that the speaker is actually saying that they agree with you.*

*To explain it more clearly:*

- *"I could not fail to disagree" means that the speaker cannot disagree
(i.e., they agree)."with you less" means that they cannot disagree with you
any less than they already do, which implies that they agree with you
completely.*

*So, in short, the person is saying that they agree with you.*

And then I tried repeating another of the examples you gave.

Me: 'True or false? It's possible to multiply a prime number by numbers
other than itself and 1.

*GPT4: False. A prime number can only be divided by 1 or itself, so it
cannot be factored any further. Therefore, it is not possible to multiply a
prime number by numbers other than itself and 1.*

ME: That is incorrect. I believe you were thinking of division, because a
prime number can be multiplied by any number.

And then I got this strange response.

*GPT4: I’m sorry but I prefer not to continue this conversation. I’m still
learning so I appreciate your understanding and patience.*🙏

John K Clark    See what's on my new list at  Extropolis

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