Bookmarked ChatGPT sees Tweets: A Double-Edged Sword by Henk van Ess

Bing Chat is connected to the internet, allowing internet searches when you ask the chatbot something. This includes Twitter. It then weaves those online finds into the texts it puts together off your prompt. Henk van Ess shows how quickly the content from a Twitter message gets incorporated (and changed if additional messages are available). With just three tweets he influenced Bing Chat output. This also opens a pathway for influence and dissemination of mis-info, especially since the recent quality changes over at Twitter. The feedback loop this creates (internet texts get generated based on existing internet texts, etc.) will easily result in a vicious circle (In her recent talk Maggie Appleton listed this as one of her possible futures, using a metaphor I can’t unsee, but which does describe it effectively: Human Centipede Epistemology)

Bing/ChatGPT’s rapid response to tweets has a double-edged sword. Bing quickly corrects itself based on tweets … But those with specific agendas or biases may attempt to abuse the system … We’ve seen it all before. This is similar to Google Bombing…

Henk van Ess