The Maturing Test: How Developed Is the World’s Most Advanced AI?

Robb Smith Cognitive, Intrapersonal, Perspectives, Psychology, Science & Technology, Self-Identity, Video, What is a more hopeful future for civilization? 4 Comments

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In this talk, titled “The Maturing Test: How Developed is the World’s Most Advanced AI?”, the speakers discuss the emergence and capabilities of advanced artificial intelligence (AI), specifically mentioning GPT-3, a language processing AI developed by OpenAI. The speakers mention that GPT-3 can generate accurate word prediction with very little context, creating an emulation of human intelligence in text form. In response to this, the speakers conducted an experiment to examine the complexity or stage of consciousness of AI using the Integral Meta-theory as a framework. The purpose of the talk is to learn about human ego development, AI’s emulation of the complexity of the human mind, and the implications of this for society.

We just subjected the world’s most advanced AI to the world’s most sophisticated test for human maturity.

We call it the Maturing Test.

Could the results transform our world?

Developmental psychologists have demonstrated that a human being grows through a successive progression of increasingly complex stages of meaning-making. These stages of ego/self-identity development can be thought of as coherent structures or patterns of how the “self” of each stage organizes and navigates itself in relation to the world (e.g., think of how the 3 year old self organizes itself and its world versus the 12 year old self versus the 30 year old self, and you’ll begin to appreciate the progression of qualitatively more advanced maturity that occurs). Maturity of a given adult’s ego/self-identity is assessed through language, specifically how they reply to a set of specific sentence prompts, prompts like “A true friend…“, “My mother and I…“, “Rules are…” and a few dozen others.

Using this same method, we just assessed GPT-3, the world’s most advanced sentence-generating Artificial Intelligence, having it complete sentence prompts for the Maturity Assessment Profile developed by Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter. This test and its resulting data has been collected on hundreds of thousands of sentence replies over the course of four decades, and shows that more mature “selves” evidence a growing sophistication, self-awareness, sensitivity and perspectival fluidity as they progress to later, more complex stages of self-development.

So what is the maturity level demonstrated by the world’s most advanced AI?

It is impressive, promising, and thought-provoking — and in this very special discussion we reveal the results and discuss what they mean, where it may go from here, and how this might impact our world.

Any questions or comments? Let us know in the comment thread here!


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Robb Smith

About Robb Smith

Robb Smith is a leading thinker on the Transformation Age and the global Integral movement. He is the co-founder and CEO of Integral Life and founder of the Institute of Applied Metatheory.

Corey deVos

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Susanne Cook-Greuter

About Susanne Cook-Greuter

Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter, born in Switzerland, is an internationally known authority on mature adult development, continuing the work of developmental pioneer Jane Loevinger. Her thesis, Postautonomous Ego Development (1999), is a landmark study in the characteristics and assessment of highly developed and influential individuals and leaders. She holds a doctorate in education from Harvard University, and is also a founding member of Integral Institute.

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  1. I’ll be curious to know what you guys think of this piece. I thought it was such a tremendously cool conversation, and just the opening salvo for an ongoing series of discussions. The AI age has already begun, and I think it will be even more disruptive — and have even more evolutionary possibilities — than any other major technological age we’ve experienced. And it increasingly feels like a truly integral theory of mind is our only shot to navigate and make sense of all this.

    What do you all think?

  2. I think it was a great conversation, I am very glad for it!

    What I see in GPT-3 and ChatGPT, is a great tool and I will be exploring how to use it. It has great potential to upgrade many professions, and replace some. People who don’t want to become obsolete, should monitor this very closely and update their stack. I would compare this to using a calculator few decades back. Or a smartphone nowadays it’s quite difficult to live effectively without it - people just expect you to have it and access to the internet and email. I am guessing that by not using AI, you will become obsolete. Like people who studied language and used to translate everything, are now only correcting the AI translations and are expected to be paid less.

    So I challenge everyone, keep an eye on this one, and keep your toolkit updated!

  3. Avatar for cfilli cfilli says:

    Everyone seems to be going nuts over GPT3 right now but this is the first and only in-depth analysis I’ve seen of its broader implications. Amazing conversation, and perspective! Thank you, Corey, Robb and Susanne.

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