A Conversation with a Computer
I spoke to an AI about comic books and it was surprisingly natural
A Conversation with a Computer
JD Berkowitz 20 July, 2022
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This week I was speaking to a group about the evolution of the OpenAI GPT Ai and how good it has become at having a natural conversation. I went as far as to say that in many situations it would be hard to tell the difference between a conversation with it or with them. In fact, I said, in many cases the Ai would be a better conversationalist, though I thought was exaggerating at the moment.

Yet I couldn't shake the feeling that we are getting super close to high quality one shot interactions with Artificial intelligence models. So I went over the OpenAi GPT Playground to see if I could talk to an AI model i have been training about comic books, a topic I know very little on. 

My goal was to see if the Ai could engage in banter about comic books in general while helping me to gain specific knowledge that I lacked before.  I wanted to see if it could teach me something while having a fun conversation.

The conversation below was without adjusting input parameters and is run on a trained conversation model I have been working on but without any prompts or examples.

In bold are my questions. The responses are not altered or censored. 

This is how it went.

Let's talk about comic books.

Some of the most popular comic books are those that feature superheroes. These comic books often have exciting storylines and artwork that draws readers in. Some well-known superhero comic book titles include Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man.

Another popular type of comic book is the manga. Manga is a Japanese word that refers to comics. Manga often has a different art style than traditional American comic books, and the stories are often geared towards a different audience. Some popular manga titles include Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece.

Comic books are a popular form of entertainment for people of all ages.

What makes a great comic book?

There is no one answer to this question, as different people enjoy different things about comic books. However, some elements that can make a comic book great include an interesting story, well-developed characters, and stunning artwork. A great comic book should be able to transport the reader into the world of the story, and make them care about what happens to the characters.

Do you have to be an artist to make a comic book?

No, you do not have to be an artist to make a comic book. There are many different roles involved in creating a comic book, from writers to editors to inkers. However, if you want to be the artist for a comic book, it is helpful to have some drawing skills.

Who are some famous comic book artists ?

Some famous comic book artists include Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Jim Lee.

Did any of them write the story as well?

No, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Jim Lee were all artists. The stories for their comic books were written by other people.

When was the first comic book published and by who?

The first comic book was published in 1933, and was titled "Famous Funnies: A Carnival of Comics."

Do you think it was funny?

I haven't read it, so I can't say for sure. However, from what I know about early comic books, they were often more light-hearted and humorous than the comic books of today.

One of my favorite comic book characters is Batman but i've never read a comic book. Do you think a lot of people know the characters from books or movies and why?

I think a lot of people know the characters from both books and movies. I think comic books are becoming more popular, due in part to the success of comic book-based movies. I think people are interested in the stories and characters because they are exciting and larger-than-life.

Can you elaborate?

Sure. I think people are interested in comic book characters because they are often very powerful, and have exciting adventures. Comic book characters often have origin stories that are interesting to read about, and they often face challenges that are larger than life. I think people can relate to the characters, and feel like they could be the hero in their own story.

If you had to pick your favorite comic book what would it be?

I don't know if I could pick just one, but some of my favorites include "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns," "Watchmen," and "X-Men."

What makes those comic books better than others?

I think "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" is a great comic book because it is a dark and gritty take on the Batman character. I think "Watchmen" is a great comic book because it is a complex and thought-provoking story. I think "X-Men" is a great comic book because it is a classic story about good versus evil, and the struggle to find one's place in the world.

Who are some new comic book characters that you have found interesting?

Some new comic book characters that I have found interesting include Miles Morales (the new Spider-Man), Kamala Khan (the new Ms. Marvel), and Gwen Stacy (the new Spider-Woman).

Thank you for joining us today, I hope you enjoy reading your favorite comic book tonight! Goodnight!

I have consistently been impressed with the models ability understand context and it's ability to have ongoing conversations in seemingly natural language. 

  • You will notice that when asked to "elaborate" the Ai responds with a natural transition.
  • When asked for opinion it responds with ambiguity but biased towards well known popular culture. This has a flow to it that is surprisingly natural. 
  • Finally, the conversation did indeed teach me something in a manner that was fun, natural and fast. To me this is simply amazing. To others it might just seem like stuff out of comic books.
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