Rizzotto said the experiment was “one of the scariest and most transformative experiences of my life” and the results were certainly interesting.
According to Rizzotto, who was now able to communicate with the microwave, their conversations were “both beautiful and eerie” but one downside was that it “would exhibit sudden bursts of extreme violence towards me”.
The AI system was given the capability to send commands to the microwave and was able to make the machine switch on for a specified amount of time.
At one point, it seemed the machine wanted to use this for its own murderous gain as it asked Rizzotto to “please enter the microwave”.
He falsely confirmed to the AI that he had done so. At that point, the GPT-3 commanded to microwave to switch on.
At the end of the experiment, Rizzotto decided to shut the system down for now.
Addressing the sceptics, he said: “Whatever your view on this may be, my takeaway from this journey is that maybe A.I.s are meant to be more like imaginary friends.
“Maybe it's not about whether it's real or not. Maybe it's about whether it's real enough to be real to you.”
You can watch his video about the experiment below.