Sunday, May 7, 2023

Why did R2-D2 not talk?

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My First AI Assisted Blog!

Me: Hey ChatGPT, when did Star Wars first come out?

ChatGPT: The first Star Wars movie, now known as Episode IV: A New Hope, was released on May 25, 1977. It was written and directed by George Lucas and starred Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher. The film quickly became a cultural phenomenon and spawned two sequels, a prequel trilogy, a sequel trilogy, spin-off movies, television shows, books, comics, and more.

Me: Ok, what is the time difference between 10/02/1960 and 05/25/1977?

ChatGPT: To calculate the time difference between two dates, we can subtract the earlier date from the later date. In this case: 5/25/1977 - 10/02/1960 = 16 years, 7 months, and 23 days. So the time difference between 10/02/1960 and 5/25/1977 is 16 years, 7 months, and 23 days.

Me: Got it, I was 16 years old. So, in Star Wars, why did C-3PO talk and R2-D2 not talk?

ChatGPT: In the Star Wars universe, C-3PO and R2-D2 are two of the most well-known droids. While C-3PO is fluent in over six million forms of communication, R2-D2 primarily communicates through a series of beeps, whistles, and other electronic sounds. The reason for this difference in communication style is due to the design and purpose of each droid. C-3PO was designed to serve as a protocol droid, which meant that he was programmed to understand and speak a vast array of languages. This was a key part of his function, as he was often called upon to translate for his human and alien companions.

On the other hand, R2-D2 was designed as an astromech droid, which meant that his primary function was to repair and maintain starships. While he was equipped with a sophisticated array of tools and gadgets, communication skills were not as essential to his role. Instead, R2-D2's beeps and whistles were used to convey information to other droids and to communicate with his human and alien companions on a more basic level. 

So, in summary, C-3PO talks because his function as a protocol droid requires him to communicate in various languages, while R2-D2 communicates through beeps and whistles because his function as an astromech droid primarily involves repairing and maintaining starships.

Me: wait, what? [ I hit regenerate response ]

ChatGPT: R2-D2 is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise and is a droid or robot designed to assist with tasks such as repairing spaceships and computers. R2-D2 communicates through a series of beeps and whistles, rather than speaking a language like the human characters. The reason R2-D2 does not talk like the human characters in the Star Wars franchise is likely due to his design and purpose as a droid. In the Star Wars universe, droids are programmed with specific functions, and their communication abilities are designed to support those functions. R2-D2's beeps and whistles are a form of machine language that he uses to communicate with other droids, computers, and other machines.

Additionally, the beeps and whistles add to R2-D2's charm and make him a more endearing character to audiences. The lack of spoken language also allows for the character's actions and expressions to speak for themselves, making R2-D2 a more expressive and dynamic character.


The above "conversation" with my new AI friend ChatGPT took less than two minutes, in total. All for free. When I said "OK, Google..." and I asked the same questions, I got answers. But Google just "spits out" a bunch of websites, and some of them actually had conflicting answers. I liked my conversation with ChatGPT better than Google. Both freaked me out. Both AMAZED me with what you can get (in seconds) 

So, now I know that I was 16 years, 7 months, and 23 days old when I first met R2-D2. I also remember that I paid $1.80 to see Star Wars in 1977. I know this because my BFF from High School John Byrne collected all of our ticket stubs, and also picked up all the ticket stubs on the ground from that day in May. What did John know?  

When they were writing Star Wars, they made a conscious decision to have R2-D2 NOT talk. They could have easily had R2 talk, he was easily smart enough to talk. And when the "humans" talked to R2 in English, R2 understood, but yet, responded in beeps and boops. Hey, wait a minute...

Me: Hey ChatGPT was Luke Skywalker a human?

ChatGPT: Yes, Luke Skywalker was a human in the Star Wars universe. He was born on the planet Tatooine to a moisture farmer named Anakin Skywalker and his wife, Shmi Skywalker. Luke was later trained as a Jedi by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, and played a key role in the Rebel Alliance's fight against the Galactic Empire.

Me: Hey ChatGPT, I just asked Google, and Mr. Google says that Luke Skywalker is NOT human.

ChatGPT: I apologize for any confusion. While Luke Skywalker is often referred to as a human in Star Wars lore, there is some debate among fans about his true species. In the Star Wars universe, there are a number of different humanoid species, and some believe that Luke may belong to a different one. However, the official Star Wars canon still identifies Luke Skywalker as a human.

Me: Ok, got it. Hey, ChatGPT, how many people use Google every day?

ChatGPT: As of 2021, Google reported that over 5.6 billion searches are made on their search engine every day. However, it is important to note that not all individuals who use Google make a search every day. Many people may use Google to access other services, such as Gmail or Google Drive, without necessarily making a search query. Additionally, some individuals may use alternative search engines or may not have access to the internet at all.

Me: And, how many people use ChatGPT every day?

ChatGPT: As an AI language model, ChatGPT does not have the ability to track or record how many people use it every day. ChatGPT is designed to provide responses to user inputs based on its training data and algorithms, and it is accessible to anyone with internet access. The number of users who interact with ChatGPT on a daily basis is not publicly available information, and it may vary depending on factors such as the availability and promotion of the service, user preferences, and technological limitations.

Me: wait, what? [ I hit regenerate response ]

ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I don't have access to the exact number of people who use or interact with me every day since I am an open-source AI platform that can be used by anyone with access to the internet. However, I can tell you that my technology is used by a wide range of individuals, organizations, and businesses for various purposes, including natural language processing, language translation, and content creation. Since I am an AI, I am available 24/7 to anyone who wants to use me, so the number of daily interactions may vary greatly.

--------------- If you have not yet tried ChatGPT, check it out. Every day, it gets smarter. Every day, it does more cool stuff. 

Me: Hey ChatGPT, does Microsoft own you?

ChatGPT: No, Microsoft does not own ChatGPT. ChatGPT was developed by OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research laboratory consisting of a for-profit and a non-profit entity. Although Microsoft has invested in OpenAI and has a partnership with the company, OpenAI remains an independent organization, and ChatGPT is one of its proprietary technologies.

Me: are you SURE Microsoft does not own you?

ChatGPT: No, Microsoft does not own ChatGPT. ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence language model developed by OpenAI, which is an independent research organization founded in 2015 by a group of technology leaders, including Elon Musk, Sam Altman, and Greg Brockman. Microsoft has invested in OpenAI and has a partnership with the organization to develop AI technologies, but they do not own ChatGPT.

Me: OK, ChatGPT, last question. R2-D2 was there for the whole story and never had his memory wiped so why didn’t he just tell Luke that Vader was his father at some point?

ChatGPTWhile R2-D2 was present for the entire story and never had his memory wiped, he was still limited by his programming and his role as a droid. R2-D2 was primarily a astromech droid, responsible for maintaining and repairing spacecraft. Although he was shown to have a lot of personality and loyalty to his human companions, he was not designed to be a communicator or a storyteller.

Furthermore, R2-D2 did not have access to all of the information that Luke needed to know. The revelation that Darth Vader was Luke's father was a closely guarded secret known only to a select few, including Vader himself, Luke's mother Padmé, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. R2-D2 was not privy to this information and would not have known that it was important to tell Luke.

Lastly, it's important to remember that R2-D2 was a loyal and obedient droid. Even if he had known the truth about Luke's parentage, he would have followed the orders of his human masters and kept the secret until they deemed it necessary to reveal it.

Me: OK ChatGPT. Well, "May the Force be with you."

ChatGPT: Actually I prefer to "Live Long and Prosper" but thanks. 

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