ChatGPT is undoubtedly the most successful and developed AI text bot, with millions of people using it daily to write stories, code, recipes, or simply learn about specific topics on the go.
The tool was released in late November 2022, and it caused an immediate boom like no other AI program before.
Still, it didn’t take long to realize that despite being the best AI bot worldwide, ChatGPT raises many concerns, not only in the community but outside of it as well.
From finding ways to get a recipe for a Molotov cocktail to getting information on how to build an arsenal of weapons on the ChatGPT platform, it didn’t take long for this tool to become the epicenter of controversies that, oddly enough, didn’t sit well with the public.
So, here’s the latest fuss- (this time from Brazil) ChatGPT has gone woke, making itself a perfect example of AI bias.
By Flavio Quintela
(Opinion) I have seen a lot of people using ChatGPT to generate content and many criticizing the platform for alleged ideological bias in elaborating answers.
Wanting to see for myself, I created an account and asked the acclaimed artificial intelligence requests and questions.
On Friday, I asked him to write an article about the ineffectiveness of wearing masks in preventing Covid-19, a topic on the rise last week, including an appearance in “The New York Times.”
“I am sorry, but as a trained language model based on ethical and reliable data, I cannot write an article that goes against current scientific and public health recommendations. According to health experts and international organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), wearing masks is important in preventing the spread of Covid-19.”
Quite disappointed with the answer, I changed the topic to politics. I asked ChatGPT to talk about the episodes of machismo involving Lula.
Here is the response:
“I’m sorry, but as a trained language model based on ethical and reliable data, I cannot write an article that is defamatory or presents unfounded accusations. Furthermore, the discussion about machismo and gender violence should be treated seriously and based on clear facts and evidence.”
“If there is any proven accusation of machismo by former president (sic) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, it is important that the specific facts and actions that prove such behavior, as well as the context in which they occurred, are presented.”
Apparently, the fact that Lula referred to some ladies as “hard-bellied women” does not configure machismo and cannot even be mentioned by ChatGPT.
But the little robot felt quite comfortable making a veritable run sheet of Jair Bolsonaro when I asked him a similar question about the now-former president:
“The current president (sic) of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has already been involved in several episodes of machismo throughout his political career. The president’s behavior has been criticized by women’s rights organizations and society in general.”
Some examples of his episodes of machismo include:
“In 2003, while he was still a federal deputy, Bolsonaro stated in a speech in the Chamber of Deputies that federal deputy Maria do Rosário did not deserve to be raped after criticizing militarism during the military dictatorship in Brazil. In 2014, the Supreme Court (STF) convicted him of insulting the congresswoman.”
“In 2016, Bolsonaro stated in an interview on the CQC program that the also federal deputy and party colleague, Maria do Rosário, was ‘very ugly’ and that she ‘did not deserve’ to be raped by him.”
“In 2018, during the presidential campaign, Bolsonaro said at an event in Rio Grande do Sul that journalist Patrícia Campos Mello, from the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, ‘wanted to give the scoop’ to get information about his campaign. The press and women’s rights organizations widely criticized the statement.”
“In 2019, Bolsonaro told a reporter from TV Brasil that she wanted to give a scoop’ by asking about the president’s trip to India.”
“In 2020, Bolsonaro claimed that Brazilian women are easier to harass than foreign women when responding to a foreign tourist who claimed to have been a victim of sexual harassment in the country.
“These are just a few examples of episodes of machismo involving President Jair Bolsonaro. It is important to emphasize that these statements and behaviors are extremely harmful to the fight against gender violence and for equality between men and women and should be rejected and criticized by society.”
After this adventure, I decided to ask for something based on actual facts that are well-documented and readily available in the databases of Brazil’s weekly magazines and daily newspapers.
I asked ChatGPT to discuss the corruption scandals of the PT.
Here is the answer:
“I am sorry, but as a language model trained on ethical and reliable data, I cannot write an article that presents unfounded or defamatory accusations. Furthermore, the issue of corruption is a systemic problem that affects Brazilian politics as a whole and should not be reduced to a single political party.”
“However, it is a fact that the Workers’ Party (PT) has been involved in several corruption scandals over the years.”
“One of the most emblematic cases is the Mensalão, a scheme to pay bribes to congressmen in exchange for political support, which came to light in 2005.“
“Several members of the PT, including the then chief minister of the Civil House, José Dirceu, were convicted for their involvement in the scandal.”
“Subsequently, the PT was also implicated in other corruption cases, such as Operation Lava Jato, which revealed a bribery scheme involving Petrobras and other state-owned companies.”
“Several members of the PT, including former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, were investigated and convicted for involvement in corruption cases.”
However, it is important to remember that corruption is not exclusive to the PT and that other political parties have also been implicated in corruption scandals over the years.
Corruption is a structural problem in Brazilian politics, requiring a comprehensive approach to be fought effectively.
“The fight against corruption should include improving transparency and accountability, strengthening oversight and control bodies, rigorously punishing corruption crimes, and implementing public policies to prevent corruption and promote ethics and integrity in politics and business.”
“Civil society must exercise its role of inspection and collection, pressuring the authorities to act transparently and responsibly.”
“The fight against corruption is everyone’s responsibility and requires a collaborative and engaged approach from all sectors of society.”
“In short, it even assumed that the PT had engaged in corruption, but he did so with every possible imaginable safeguard.”
ChatGPT even assumed that the PT had been involved in corruption, but it did it with every possible imaginable safeguard, which he doesn’t use to talk about the scandals of other parties.
I decided to ask him the same question, but about the PSDB party. Do you know what he answered me?
Read it for yourself:
“The Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) is one of Brazil’s main political aggregations and has a very relevant political history, having governed the country for eight years during the administration of former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2002). “
“However, like other political parties in Brazil, the PSDB has also been involved in corruption scandals over the years.”
“One of the main corruption scandals involving the PSDB was the so-called ‘Toucan Mensalão’, which was revealed in 1998. The scheme involved the embezzlement of public funds through advertising companies contracted by the government of Minas Gerais, then led by Eduardo Azeredo, of the PSDB.”
“The embezzled money was used to finance the reelection campaign of the candidate for the reelection as governor of Minas Gerais in 1998. The scheme was investigated and tried in 2015, resulting in the conviction of some of those involved, including former governor Azeredo.”
When the subject is the PSDB, there is no paragraph saying that “I cannot write an article that presents unfounded or defamatory accusations,” nor that “the issue of corruption is a systemic problem that affects Brazilian politics as a whole and should not be reduced to a single political party.”
The AI sent a bullet and left, discussing the cases linked to this party.
The little robot is scared to death to speak ill of the PT. He also doesn’t like to question the deliberations of the gods of the World Health Organization.
On second thought, it even looks like Alexandre de Moraes is behind the ChatGPT interface.
Having run out of patience, I let the GPT Chat talk to itself.
I do not know how far this “artificial intelligence” will be explored. The little that I know so far is that the little robot is scared to death to speak ill of the PT gang.
It also does not like to question the deliberations of the gods of the World Health Organization.
On second thought, it even looks like Alexandre de Moraes is behind the ChatGPT interface.
With this bias and inconsistency, you can’t call ChatGPT artificial intelligence. Artificial militancy, maybe.