ChatGPT: The Soul Eater - Nick Cave's Emotional Letter - Read by Stephen Fry. “We are fighting for the very soul of the world”

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Stephen Fry performance at Letters Live 10th Anniversary show at the Royal Albert Hall on 16th November 2023. Letters Live www.letterslive.com Check out their channel for more videos

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Nick Cave and his Red Hand Files where this letter was first published http://www.theredhandfiles.com/

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Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English actor, broadcaster, comedian, director, narrator and writer. He first came to prominence as one half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, alongside Hugh Laurie, with the two starring in A Bit of Fry & Laurie (1989–1995) and Jeeves and Wooster (1990–1993). He also starred in the sketch series Alfresco (1983–1984) alongside Laurie, Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane, and in Blackadder (1986–1989) alongside Rowan Atkinson. Since 2011, he has served as president of the mental health charity Mind.

Fry's film acting roles include playing his idol Oscar Wilde in the film Wilde (1997), for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor; Inspector Thompson in Robert Altman's murder mystery Gosford Park (2001); and Mr. Johnson in Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship (2016). He has also had roles in the films Chariots of Fire (1981), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004), V for Vendetta (2005), and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). He portrays the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland (2010) and its 2016 sequel, and the Master of Lake-town in the film series adaptation of The Hobbit. Between 2001 and 2017, he hosted the British Academy Film Awards 12 times.

thank 0:08 you dear Leon and 0:11 Charlie in the story of the creation God 0:15 makes the world and everything in it in 0:17 Six Days on the seventh day he rests the 0:22 day of rest is significant because it 0:25 suggests that the creation required a 0:27 certain amount of effort on God's part 0:31 that some for of artistic struggle had 0:34 taken place this struggle is the 0:37 validating impulse that gives God's 0:39 world its intrinsic meaning the world 0:42 becomes more than just an object full of 0:46 other objects rather it is imbued with 0:50 the vital Spirit the pneuma of its 0:53 creator chat GPT rejects any notion of 0:59 creating ative struggle that our 1:01 endeavors animate and nurture Our Lives 1:04 giving them depth and meaning it rejects 1:07 that there is a collective essential and 1:10 unconscious human Spirit underpinning 1:13 our existence connecting us all through 1:16 our mutual striving chat 1:19 GPT is fast tracking the commodification 1:23 of the human Spirit by mechanizing the 1:27 imagination it renders our participation 1:30 in the Act of Creation as valueless and 1:35 unnecessary that songwriter you were 1:38 talking to Leon who is using chat GPT to 1:42 write his lyrics because it is faster 1:45 and easier is participating in the 1:48 erosion of the world's soul and the 1:51 spirit of humanity itself and to put it 1:55 politely should desist if he 1:58 wants to continue continue calling 2:00 himself a 2:05 [Applause] 2:09 songwriter chat gpt's intent is to 2:13 eliminate the process of creation and 2:15 its attendant challenges viewing it as 2:18 nothing more than a time- wasting 2:20 inconvenience that stands in the way of 2:23 the commodity itself why strive it 2:27 contends why bother with the artistic 2:30 process and its accompanying trials why 2:33 shouldn't we make it faster and easier 2:37 when the god of the Bible looked down 2:39 upon what he had created he did so with 2:41 a sense of accomplishment and saw that 2:44 it was good it was good because it 2:47 required something of his own self and 2:50 his struggle imbued Creation with a 2:53 moral imperative in short 2:58 love Charlie even though the creative 3:01 act requires considerable effort in the 3:04 end you will be contributing to the vast 3:08 network of love that supports human 3:11 existence there are all sorts of 3:14 Temptations in this world that will eat 3:16 away at your creative Spirit but none 3:19 more fish than that boundless machine of 3:23 artistic 3:24 demoralization chat 3:27 GPT as humans we so often feel helpless 3:31 in our own 3:33 smallness yet still we find the 3:35 resilience to do and make beautiful 3:38 things and this is where the meaning of 3:41 life resides nature reminds us of this 3:46 constantly the world is often cast as a 3:48 purely malignant place but still the joy 3:52 of creation exerts itself and as the sun 3:56 rises upon the struggle of the day the 3:58 Great Crested GRE dances upon the Water 4:02 it is our striving that becomes the very 4:04 essence of meaning this 4:07 impulse this creative dance that is now 4:10 being so cynically undermined must be 4:14 defended at all costs and just as we 4:18 would fight any existential evil we 4:21 should fight it tooth and nail for we 4:25 are fighting for the very soul of the 4:29 world 4:30 love 4:32 [Applause] 4:41 Nick

Cave continues, “Songs arise out of suffering, by which I mean they are predicated upon the complex, internal human struggle of creation and, well, as far as I know, algorithms don’t feel. Data doesn’t suffer. ChatGPT has no inner being, it has been nowhere, it has endured nothing, it has not had the audacity to reach beyond its limitations, and hence it doesn’t have the capacity for a shared transcendent experience, as it has no limitations from which to transcend. ChatGPT’s melancholy role is that it is destined to imitate and can never have an authentic human experience, no matter how devalued and inconsequential the human experience may in time become.”