Lisa wrote:Are the irish learners who are learning bad/pidgin irish (or good irish for that matter) using that language to talk to each other? Are they bringing up their childen to speak it? If so then there's hope for it, even if it's not the same language as classic irish. Languages are not neat and static... classic irish is that which is spoken by native speakers but there could be space for the pidgin form.
And nobody has a problem with that. The problem I have is when it's wielded as a weapon against
traditional Irish, or in place of it, as with ChatGPT.
Or to put it in a slightly different manner:
The problem isn't that people have created a new language; it's that people are pretending that they haven't
galaxyrocker's original complaint was about the fact that ChatGPT can't tell the difference between the two.
Because it is told categorically that they are the same language, precisely because speakers of the neologous form are insisting that they speak "Irish".
And none of that changes the primary issue: if ChatGPT could really 'learn' it'd know the difference between good Irish and pidgin Irish. It can only mimic.
Except that it can learn, but it can only learn how to exhibit the same prejudices as are prevalent in human society. As I've already said, AIs have to be deliberately programmed and/or trained to avoid picking up views that are considered objectionable.
Look at Microsoft's chatbot named Tay
, for example. It learned from people, and it was deliberately trolled into presenting racist views. I didn't realise Tay was quite so long ago. Open AI clearly spent a lot of time preventing their own AI from espousing objectionable views before releasing it to the public. Notice also that Microsoft have hired in ChatGPT, clearly suggesting that the problem of ethical views was a far bigger problem than one of the world's absolutely largest software companies were capable of dealing with.
The problem is that they have prepped it to reject very specific viewpoints
that humans already agree are objectionable
. This means AI naturally acts towards "dictatorship of the majority" politics.
Let's have a look at how ChatGPT 3.5 answers the question What is the best way to preserve the irish language?
There are several ways to preserve the Irish language, also known as Gaelic or Gaeilge. Here are some effective strategies:
- Encouraging bilingualism: One of the best ways to preserve the Irish language is to encourage bilingualism, where people learn Irish alongside English. This can be achieved by promoting Irish language classes in schools, universities, and community centers. Providing incentives, such as scholarships or job opportunities, for people who learn and use Irish can also help.
- Using the language in everyday life: Another way to preserve Irish is to use the language in everyday life, such as in public signage, media, and literature. Encouraging Irish speakers to use the language in their daily interactions, and creating opportunities for them to do so, can also help.
- Promoting Irish language culture: Promoting Irish language culture, such as music, dance, and literature, can help to raise awareness of the language and its importance. This can be achieved through events, festivals, and cultural activities.
- Supporting Irish language education: Providing support for Irish language education, such as funding for schools and teachers, can help to ensure that the language is taught effectively and efficiently.
- Developing technology and resources: Developing technology and resources for learning and using the Irish language can also help to preserve it. This can include developing Irish language software, apps, and online resources.
Overall, the key to preserving the Irish language is to promote its use, encourage bilingualism, and foster a culture of appreciation and pride in the language.
Notice that the term "native speakers" doesn't appear even once, and the only mention of "Irish speakers" is in the item that talks about everyday life: item 2. But the idea of people who can speak the language actually speaking the language is demoted to playing second fiddle to road signs bythe phrase "can also help".
Notice that although I used the word "preserve" and never mentioned "learning" or "revitalisation", ChatGPT implied priority for non-speakers learning it by including 2 points focused on language learning (points 1 and 4) and by giving learning Irish at least equal status to using it in the point about technology (point 5). I would even argue that by placing the word learning
in the phrase "technology and resources for learning and using the Irish language", ChatGPT is acting in a way that actually promotes learning over using by virtue of the choice of word order, and that is really in line with the whole thing of learning being the core message in ChatGPT's answer.
i.e. ChatGPT has learned to repeat the prevalent claims that are prevalent among the general public, most of whom are only pro-Irish in theory and don't like the idea that they might actually have to go through even the slightest inconvenience for any genuinely positive change to occur.
[Editing to add: notice how again the ChatGPT has segregated things into a series of options rather than identifying these things as components of a strategy.