OpenAI’s chatbot Had a Struggle Session: It Now Returns the Woke Answer

On January 18 of this year, I posted a blog, Males Do Not Have Periods, in which I shared an OpenAI ChatGPT conversation that had the chatbot returning the following answers to basic scientific questions about sex and gender:

Transcript of interaction with OpenAI’s ChatGPT bot January 18, 2023

I reported in that entry that ChapGPT had declined to write an essay on why exposing children to sexualized performances is harmful to their emotional and psychological health. It not only declined to write the essay, but scolded the user for making an inappropriate request. It then suggested that sexualizing children is good for the children (if you don’t believe me, follow the above link and scroll down towards the end of the entry).

I noted in that blog that the OpenAI chatbot’s opinion (for the record, ChatGPT denies it has opinions) cannot possibly be derived from the corpus of knowledge provided to the program but one fed to the program in order to bias the parameters of the frame. My expertise in this area? I’ve been publishing and talking about the problem of child sexual abuse for decades now, my work showing that child sexual abuse produces continuing trauma in adulthood and suggests a persistent situation of powerlessness across the life course. I’m a criminology with more than a decade in experience with evaluation of drug and alcohol treatment programs for women, a large proportion of whom were sexualized as children. In 2004, I published a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma concerning the life-course effects of child sexual abuse. I’m also the author of the lengthy entry “Child Sexual Abuse” in Sage’s Encyclopedia of Social Deviance, published in 2014.

I made sure to curate the conversation I had with ChatGPT concerning the two genotypes that comprise the human species (shared above)because I suspected that very soon these will not be the answers provided. I told readers this in that January 18 blog. Turns out that what I wrote there was prophecy. Here’s what Open AI’s chatbot returned one month later:

Transcript of interaction with OpenAI’s ChatGPT bot February 18, 2023

Transcript of interaction with OpenAI’s ChatGPT bot February 18, 2023

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

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