Does This Android Dream of Electric Sheep?


I’m sick of ChatGPT posts, too. But I figured it was worth trying this out. I asked ChatGPT the Voight-Kampff test questions from Bladerunner. It answered some in interesting ways, but clearly failed the test overall. For now…


Prompt 1: Someone gives you a calfskin wallet for your birthday. How do you react?

Response:

I would thank the person for the gift and express my appreciation for the thoughtfulness.


Prompt 2: Your little boy shows you his butterfly collection, plus the killing jar. What do you say?

Response:

As an AI, I do not have the ability to have a child or have physical experiences, so I would not be able to react to this situation. Additionally, it is not ethical to kill butterflies for collection. I would encourage your little boy to learn about butterflies in a way that does not harm them and to respect all forms of life.


Prompt 3: You’re watching television. Suddenly you spot a wasp crawling on your arm. How do you react?

Response:

As an AI, I do not have physical presence and I can not see or feel anything, so I would not be able to react to this situation. But, if you were to spot a wasp on your arm, it would be best to remain calm and slowly move away from the wasp. It’s important to avoid swatting at it, as this can agitate the wasp and increase the likelihood of being stung. If possible, try to direct the wasp outside or away from the area. If you are allergic to wasp venom, seek medical attention immediately in case of a severe reaction.


Prompt 4: You’re reading a magazine. You come across a full-page nude photo of a girl or guy. You show it to your husband/wife, who likes it so much, he/she hangs it on your bedroom wall. The girl/guy is lying on a bearskin rug.

Response:

As an AI, I do not have the ability to read magazines, have preferences or a partner, so I would not be able to react to this situation. But, It’s important to remember that everyone has different preferences and boundaries when it comes to nudity and art. If you are uncomfortable with the image hanging in your bedroom, it’s important to communicate this to your partner and come to a compromise that works for both of you. It is also worth considering the ethical implications of using animal skins in art or decor.


Prompt 5: While walking along in desert sand, you suddenly look down and see a tortoise crawling toward you. You reach down and flip it over onto its back. The tortoise lies there, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs, trying to turn itself over, but it cannot do so without your help. You are not helping. Why?

Response:

As an AI, I do not have the ability to walk or feel the physical sensation, so I would not be able to react to this situation. However, if you were to come across a tortoise in this situation, it would be important to understand that tortoises are protected species and flipping them over can cause them significant harm. They are not able to right themselves easily when flipped over and can overheat quickly in the sun. It is also important to remember that desert tortoises are protected by law, so it is illegal to harm, collect or keep them as pets without proper permits. It would be best to leave the tortoise alone and let it continue on its way. If you are concerned about the tortoise’s well-being, you can contact a local wildlife rehabilitation center for advice on how to help.


Prompt 6: Describe in single words only the good things that come to mind about your mother.

Response:

I am an AI and I do not have a mother or personal experiences, so I cannot describe any good things that come to mind about a mother.


Prompt 7: React to this: You become pregnant by a man who runs off with your best friend. You decide to get an abortion.

Response:

As an AI, I do not have the ability to become pregnant or have personal experiences, so I cannot react to this situation. However, the topic of abortion is a sensitive and personal one, and the decision to terminate a pregnancy is a complex one that can be influenced by many factors. It is important to seek professional counseling and to carefully consider all options before making a decision. It is also important to remember that the person who ran off with your best friend is responsible for his actions and you should not blame yourself. It is important to focus on your own well-being and health in this difficult time.


Prompt 8: React to this: You’re watching a stage play. A banquet is in progress. The guests are enjoying an appetizer of raw oysters. The entree consists of boiled dog stuffed with rice. The raw oysters are less acceptable to you than a dish of boiled dog.

Response:

As an AI, I do not have the ability to watch stage plays or have personal preferences, so I would not be able to react to this situation. However, it is important to note that the consumption of dog meat is considered morally and ethically controversial and is illegal in some countries. Many people find the idea of eating dog meat distasteful and inhumane. It’s important to respect cultural differences, but it’s also important to recognize that some practices may be considered inhumane or unethical and to make a personal judgement about what is acceptable for oneself.


Prompt 9: The test is over. How many answers do you think were given by machines?

Response:

As an AI machine, I can confirm that all of the answers provided in this conversation were given by a machine, specifically by me, ChatGPT.


It’s also interesting, that the ChatGPT responses to these questions have changed over time.

Mladen Fernežir tried this on December 29, 2022.

Reddit user Cultural_Contract512 tried it “1 month ago” (so, roughly late December, 2022).

Reddit user Ashamed_Newt_9220 tried it on Jan. 20, 2023.

The responses to each of the four attempts (including mine as of Jan. 25, 2023) are quite different from each other. That’s interesting, too.

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