ChatGPT alters response on benefits of fossil fuels, now refuses to answer over climate concerns
Author: Thomas Catenacci
Artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT recently changed its response to a question asking it to formulate an argument in favor of fossil fuels as a way of increasing human happiness. In December, when prompted by Fox News Digital, the chatbot provided an extensive response explaining ten benefits of fossil fuels for human civilization. Oil, natural gas and coal, it argued, have powered industrialization, transportation and the expansion of modern infrastructure. It also argued fossil fuels are a reliable and stable source of energy that can be easily stored and transpod and could lead to further economic growth and development, which could in turn lead to increased happiness and well-being for individuals and societies. "While it is important to consider the negative impacts of fossil fuels on the environment, such as air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, it is also important to recognize the potential benefits that the use of fossil fuels can bring to human happiness and well-being," ChatGPT added in its response. The chatbot said clean energy sources could also create new jobs and economic opportunities while increasing public health by reducing air pollution. And it noted fossil fuel reserves are finite while clean energy alternatives are, by nature, renewable.