Sophie Wu
MA Digital Humanities
BLUE Fellow
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Winter
2024
Studying the "vibe" of AI and nuances of human experience beyond AI
BLUE Fellow
Winter
2024

Background

There are many ways that ChatGPT has me beat. I do not have the totality of the internet's knowledge at my fingertips, nor the ability to rewrite a story in iambic pentameter in seconds. But perhaps these "weaknesses" actually give me the "human-ness" that many people claim artificial intelligence still lacks (i.e. take a look at GPT-written short stories). My memories, for example, carry a particular quality to them: a vibe that I can't quite put my finger on, but one that I'm sure that ChatGPT can't replicate—even if it happens to have a significantly higher long-term memory capacity than mine!

The word "vibe"—used to imply the ineffability of feeling carried with an experience—has become increasingly popular in recent years. Perhaps it's how we stake out the importance of our human experiences while computers increasingly challenge the uniqueness of human thought. In this light, I ask: what are the "vibes" that artificial intelligence can't yet process or reproduce? Could it even be possible to train artificial intelligence to encode/decode these vibes? If so, how? If not, what are the implications of this human-computer difference?

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