Artificial intelligence is impressive. For example, ChatGPT is able to understand and help us like no other tool. However, there was something that belonged to the human realm: internet memes. Apart from us, no other being or technology was able to understand them...until the advent of GPT-4.
This new AI model works multimodally. This means that in addition to text, we can now enter information into ChatGPT using images, sounds or videos. According to OpenAI on its official blog, there are memes among this content.
OpenAI made sure to provide GPT-4 with some pretty interesting, ironic and abstract quality memes. Among the selected images, we see an iPhone connected to a VGA cable, a man ironing clothes in the back of a taxi, and a meme about neural networks. The company asked the AI to explain why the content seems funny.
With the first GPT-4, it didn't take long to give an answer. “The humor of the image comes from how absurd it is to plug an old massive VGA connector into a small modern smartphone charging port,” he added. Regarding the second example, he replied: "The unusual thing about this image is that a man is ironing clothes on an ironing board attached to the roof of a moving taxi."
Regarding the meme about neural networks, GPT-4 assured that the humor lies in "the contrast between the complexity and specificity of the approach to statistical learning and the simplicity and generality of the approach to neural networks."
GPT-4 is revolutionizing the way we communicate with technology
Now that ChatGPT has tried recognizing memes, it's only a matter of time before it can start creating its own. In this way, the next generation of Internet humor can be created directly with artificial intelligence, which YouTube channels, TikTok accounts and robot manufacturers have been trying to achieve for some time.
That an AI like ChatGPT is able to understand and explain them only shows us how advanced this technology is.
It is one thing to understand specific information that can be proven to be true or false. It's quite another to understand data as vague as that which makes up internet memes.