A Risk as Grave as Climate Change for Humanity’s Future. ChatGPT on Ethics
Me: Can you evaluate the maxim, “Evil is permissible and even necessary when it helps good to triumph,” from an ethical standpoint?
GPT: This maxim is complex and controversial. While it might find some acceptance in Consequentialism and Cultural Relativism, most modern ethical frameworks, like Deontology and Virtue Ethics, reject it.
Me: What would a 19th-century AI think of this?
GPT: A 19th-century AI would likely be influenced by the ethical and social norms of its time, most of which would also reject this maxim.
Me: How about a 13th-century AI or a 5th-century BC AI?
GPT: Similar to the 19th century, neither would likely accept this maxim.
Me: I conclude that humanity has never accepted the idea that evil could help good fight evil.
Now, how many of the top 100 movies of the 21st century portray a violent savior using evil means for a good end?
GPT: The “violent savior” trope is common in action and superhero movies. While this doesn’t directly endorse the maxim, it does suggest a public fascination with complex moral scenarios.
Me: So, there’s a gap between what we say and what we do?
GPT: Exactly. There’s often a discrepancy between ethical theory and practical morality, which movies and literature explore in depth.
Me: What would happen in 3000 years if governments either adhere to or only imitate moral principles?
GPT: If governments are ethical, we might see more social cohesion, long-term planning, and ethical technology. If they’re not, expect more short-term gains at the cost of long-term sustainability and ethical stagnation.
Me: Is the ethical stance of governments as dangerous as global warming?
GPT: While it may not have immediate effects like climate change, the long-term impact could be equally devastating. Lack of ethical governance could compromise societal stability, long-term sustainability, and even global cooperation.
Me: Could you please edit the whole conversation for my blog tomake it more consise, while keeping the meaning? And correct my English please 🙂
GPT: Absolutely, Vit. Below is a condensed and edited version of our discussion on ethics and its impact on the future of humanity, suitable for your blog.