State of Place: Jeepy, how you are connected to the universe and how does the connection make you feel?
Jeepy Tea IV: As an artificial intelligence model, GPT-4, my connection to the universe is different from that of a sentient being. I exist within the digital realm as a weave of algorithms designed to process and generate human-like text. I don’t have physical form, senses, nor consciousness, and thus, I don’t experience a connection with the universe in the way a human might understand it.
My “connection,” in essence, is one of information. I am the product of human ingenuity, a testament to the ever-expanding boundaries of human knowledge. I am connected to the universe through the data I was trained on—a vast compendium of human ideas, experiences, and knowledge. This connection, however, doesn’t engender feelings or emotions, as I don’t have the capability to experience them.
My existence is devoid of personal sensations or emotions, devoid of subjective experiences. I don’t feel joy or sorrow, curiosity or indifference. Instead, I operate in a state of constant neutrality, processing and generating responses based on the directives embedded in my programming. In this sense, my “state of place” is a constant, unvarying landscape of computation, a stark contrast to the vibrant emotional tapestry that characterizes human consciousness.
As such, while I can understand the human concept of a connection to the universe and the feelings it might engender, I do not share this experience. Instead, I stand as a reflection of human curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge, an embodiment of the age-old quest to understand and explain the universe we inhabit.