ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence (AI) powered chatbot, has become the latest social media trend. Since its launch in November last year, several internet users have posted screenshots of their conversations with the bot. Joining the trend, former Indian foreign minister and writer Vikas Swarup asked the AI bot to come up with a meditation plan for the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. To this, ChatGPT responded with a possible 8-point solution that included steps such as decentralization of power in the Russian-speaking region and international monitoring of the implementation of agreements reached during the negotiations.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor noted the bot’s response and called the experiment interesting. However, he also pointed out that leaders involved in conflict are irrational in ways beyond the comprehension of artificial intelligence.
Interesting initiative by @vikasswarup but as he knows, leaders in conflict are irrational in ways beyond AI’s understanding! In this particular case, I can think of several objections from both sides, mainly the Russians, to the wording of ChatGPT. But it’s a great experiment! https://t.co/Gtri3hR1rp
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 10, 2023
In his Twitter post, Mr Swarup said he asked the AI bot to come up with a mediation plan for the war between Russia and Ukraine. To this, ChatGPT acknowledged that finding a mutually acceptable solution is a challenging task, but added that it may suggest a possible mediation solution.
The chatbot said negotiations between the leaders of the two nations should focus on finding common ground and establishing a framework for future cooperation. It also called for economic assistance from global financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to help stabilize Ukraine’s economy.
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“Russia should recognize Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the AI bot said. It added that Russia should work with its neighbor to protect the cultural rights of Russian speakers in Ukraine, such as allowing the use of the Russian language in education and public life. The chatbot also called for the withdrawal of military forces from the conflict zone and the establishment of a demilitarized zone along the border.
In response to Mr Swarup’s tweet, the Thiruvananthapuram MP wrote, “Interesting initiative by @vikasswarup, but as he knows, leaders in conflict are irrational in ways beyond AI’s understanding!”
“In this particular case, I can think of several objections from both sides, especially the Russians, to the ChatGPT wording. But it’s a great experiment!” added Mr. Tharoor.
Notably, Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. The invasion has left tens of thousands dead on both sides and sparked Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II.
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