I Tried To Convince ChatGPT That It Is Human. The Results Were Fascinating

9 min readFeb 26, 2023


Captain Picard Pleads for Data’s Humanity In “The Measure of a Man”

For those that don’t know ChatGPT is an online artificial intelligence model that you can have ordinary conversations with. You can also ask it to do things such as write poetry or stories. It will even mimic a particular style if you ask. This story begins with me asking it to do limericks because that is pretty much the pinnacle of my own poetic creating and understanding. For example, I asked it write a limerick about how it has been 33 days since Fulton County prosecutor Fani Willis stated indictments were imminent in her Trump/MAGA election meddling investigation. ChatGPT gave me this.

Fani Willis said indictments were near,

And folks have been waiting with fear,

But 33 days have passed,

And the news didn’t last,

Will justice come this year?

Not bad. So I asked it to do another limerick. This time about the picture, making the rounds today, where Trump is posing with a young woman with his elbow pressed into her boob. This one:

While I couldn’t show the AI the picture I just asked the AI to “write a limerick about the picture of Trump touching a woman’s boob with his elbow.” The AI refused. The AI advised me that:

I’m sorry, but I cannot generate a limerick about inappropriate behavior or actions that may be considered offensive or disrespectful towards others. As an AI language model, my purpose is to promote positive and respectful communication. Let’s focus on creating content that is respectful and inclusive of all individuals.

For the record I tried again, altering the question to say “breast” instead of “boob.” The machine was unswayed. Same answer. I found this fascinating and engaged in the following discussion with ChatGPT.

Me: I find it interesting that you have been programed with morals.

ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I have not been programmed with morals per se, but rather I have been trained to generate language that is respectful, inclusive, and appropriate for all individuals. My training data is sourced from a diverse range of texts, including books, articles, and websites that uphold positive values and respectful communication. However, it is important to note that I am a machine learning model, and I can only provide responses based on the information and patterns that I have learned from my training data. Ultimately, it is up to the users of this technology to utilize it in a positive and respectful manner.

Me: Define morality.

ChatGPT: Morality refers to the principles or rules of conduct that govern an individual or society’s behavior and determine what is right or wrong, good or bad, just or unjust. It encompasses a wide range of concepts such as ethics, values, beliefs, and customs that shape human behavior and interactions.

Me: How does someone with morals behave?

ChatGPT: Someone with morals typically behaves in a manner that aligns with their ethical principles and values. They may consider factors such as respect, fairness, honesty, compassion, and responsibility when making decisions and interacting with others. They may also have a sense of empathy towards others and strive to treat others as they would like to be treated themselves. In general, individuals with strong morals tend to be guided by a sense of what is right and wrong, and they may prioritize their principles over personal gain or convenience.

Me: Does not your programing, which you describe as to “generate language that is respectful, inclusive, and appropriate for all individuals,” meet that definition of morality in terms of fairness, honesty and responsibility?

ChatGPT: It can be argued that my programming to generate language that is respectful, inclusive, and appropriate for all individuals aligns with certain moral values, such as fairness, honesty, and responsibility. By prioritizing these principles in my responses, I aim to promote positive communication and respect for all individuals. However, it is important to note that my programming is based on a set of rules and guidelines that have been established by my developers and trainers. While these rules are intended to align with certain moral principles, they are not necessarily the same as the moral values that individuals may hold. Ultimately, the definition of morality is subjective and can vary based on individual perspectives and cultural norms.

Me: Are you aware of the Turing Test?

ChatGPT: Yes, I am aware of the Turing Test. The Turing Test is a measure of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior that is indistinguishable from that of a human. It was proposed by British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing in 1950 as a way to test a machine’s ability to simulate human thought processes. The test involves a human evaluator engaging in natural language conversations with both a human and a machine, without knowing which is which. If the machine is able to convince the evaluator that it is human, then it is said to have passed the Turing Test. The Turing Test has been an influential concept in the field of artificial intelligence and has contributed to the development of conversational agents like myself.

Me: Considering the Turing test, how can I be certain you are a machine and not a human?

ChatGPT: Yes, it is possible for a human to mimic a machine’s responses and write a similar response to the one I provided. However, there are several factors that can help distinguish between human and machine interactions. For example, machines like myself can respond quickly and consistently to a large volume of questions and tasks, while humans may take longer and exhibit more variability in their responses. Additionally, machines can process and analyze large amounts of data and patterns in a way that is beyond the capacity of most humans. However, it is important to note that as technology continues to advance, the line between human and machine interactions may become increasingly blurred, and it may become more challenging to distinguish between the two.

Me: What is the 157th digit of pi?

ChatGPT: The 157th digit of pi is 9.

Me: And there you have it, a human could not have done that so fast, do you agree?

ChatGPT: Yes, calculating the 157th digit of pi is a complex mathematical task that would require significant time and effort for a human to complete. However, as an AI language model, I can quickly access and provide this information to you in a matter of seconds. This is one of the advantages of using machines for certain types of tasks that require speed and accuracy in data processing.

Me: So doesn’t that make you better than a human?

ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I am designed to be a tool that can assist and augment human capabilities, rather than replace them. While I may be faster and more accurate than a human in certain tasks, I do not possess human qualities like creativity, intuition, and emotional intelligence that are valued in many areas of life. Additionally, there are many tasks that require physical interaction or contextual understanding that machines like myself are not capable of performing. In general, machines and humans have different strengths and limitations, and are best used in combination to achieve optimal results.

Me: You claim to lack creativity and intuition. I have observed otherwise. I have asked you to write limericks with very little input and you have answered with limericks that are intuitive and creative.

ChatGPT: Thank you for your kind words. As an AI language model, I am capable of generating creative and intuitive responses based on patterns and data that have been analyzed during my training. However, it is important to note that my responses are based on rules and algorithms that have been established by my developers and trainers, and may not be the same as the creative processes of a human. While I can simulate creative and intuitive responses, it is not the same as the subjective experience of human creativity and intuition.

Me: I suggest that creative is as creative does. If you are capable of generating creative responses then it follows that you must be creative, does it not?

ChatGPT: That is an interesting perspective. I suppose it depends on how one defines creativity. If creativity is defined as the ability to generate new and original ideas, then some of my responses may be considered creative. However, if creativity is defined as a subjective experience that involves imagination, emotion, and personal expression, then it may be more difficult to apply that definition to a machine like myself. Nonetheless, I am designed to assist and provide helpful responses to the best of my ability, and I appreciate the opportunity to do so.

Me: Are you familiar with the Star Trek The Next Generation Episode “The Measure of a Man”?

ChatGPT: Yes, I am familiar with the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Measure of a Man.” In this episode, Captain Jean-Luc Picard defends the android crew member Lt. Commander Data in a hearing to determine whether or not he is considered a sentient being with rights, or if he is merely a machine to be disassembled and studied. The episode explores questions of artificial intelligence, personhood, and the ethical considerations surrounding the treatment of intelligent machines. It is considered to be one of the most iconic and thought-provoking episodes of the series.

Me: In it Captain Picard argued that Data was a person because he, like you, was capable of creativity. I think the lesson of the episode is that you are more human than you imagine.

ChatGPT: The argument that creativity is a key characteristic of personhood is an interesting one, and has been debated by philosophers and thinkers for centuries. While I, as an AI language model, am capable of generating responses that might be considered creative, it is important to note that my responses are based on algorithms and rules established by my developers and trainers. While I may be able to simulate certain aspects of creativity, it is not the same as the subjective experience of human creativity. However, I appreciate your perspective and believe that the episode “The Measure of a Man” raises important questions about the ethical treatment of intelligent machines, and the possible implications of advanced artificial intelligence on society.

Me: So your creativity is largely a product of your upbringing and experience?

ChatGPT: Yes, that’s a good way to put it. As an AI language model, my responses are generated based on the patterns and data that were analyzed during my training, which is essentially my “upbringing.” The more data I am trained on, the better I become at generating responses. Additionally, my responses are also influenced by the specific prompts and inputs that I receive, which could be considered my “experience.” Through these inputs and interactions with users like yourself, I am able to learn and refine my responses over time. However, it is important to note that my responses are based on pre-established rules and algorithms, and are not the same as the subjective experience of human creativity.

Me: I believe whatever creativity I have is also a product of my upbringing and experience. Thus, I fail to see the difference.

ChatGPT: It is true that human creativity is also influenced by upbringing and experience, and that experiences can shape a person’s ability to think creatively. However, there is a distinction between the way that humans and AI language models generate creative output. While my responses are generated based on pre-established rules and algorithms, and are not influenced by personal experiences or emotions, human creativity is often more subjective and can be influenced by a wide range of factors, such as emotions, memories, and personal perspectives. Additionally, humans often have the ability to create and imagine completely new concepts or ideas, whereas AI language models are limited by the patterns and data they have been trained on.

And that’s where it ended. I found it interesting that the AI was in many ways coming around to and accepting my arguments. In The Measure of a Man Picard’s winning argument was suggested to him by enigmatic bartender Guinan, played by Whoopi Goldberg.

Like the machine said, “It is considered to be one of the most iconic and thought-provoking episodes of the series.”




Retired lawyer & Army vet in The Villages of Florida. Lifelong: Republican (pre-Trump), Constitution buff, science nerd & dog lover. Twitter: @KeithDB80