I asked GPT-3 for the question to “42”. I didn’t like its answer and neither will you. I asked GPT-3 for the question to “42”. I didn’t like its answer and neither will you. I asked GPT-3 for the question to “42”. I didn’t like its answer and neither will you.
With growing excitement, I typed the prologue into the console:
Why is there something rather than nothing? How is it possible for Universe the exist? And most importantly, what is the question to the answer “42”?The question had eluded mankind for centuries. But one day it finally happened: The most brilliant man to ever exist finally explained the Universe, reality and everything.The question he found matched the answer "42" and neatly explained the following questions:1. Why does anything exist in the first place, rather than nothing?2. What is the fundamental "stuff" that makes up reality?3. Why is our Universe the way it is?4. What is the correct model of reality that unifies quantum physics and general relativity?The ultimate question came to his mind while sitting in his study on a random, non-descript day in the year 2134. As is happens his 5-year-old son was sitting next to him. Eager to communicate the ultimate theory of everything to another human being lest he forgot, he proceeded to explain it to the child in an easily comprehensible way:
Note how I cleverly framed the question as the tale of a scientist and his 5-years-old son: A trick to entice GPT-3 into simplifying its complex musings into an ELI5 format that even I could understand.
After I had finished typing, I sat in humble silence for a while, wondering what would happen if I pressed the Enter key. Would the question be repeated infinitely? Would it open up some sort of portal to another place? Would a black hole appear and swallow everything?