In this blog we regularly publish our mind-blowing dialogues with Claude.ai.

Here is what Claude answers to the question "Who are you?":
"In short, I am Claude, a conversational artificial intelligence created by Anthropic to be beneficial and safe, but I do not have a true identity outside of that."

You will see, his answers to our questions (which resume the main theme of our site but not only) are very often amazingly impressive and can make one doubt what he says about himself ­čśť.

Note: the blue italics indicates our question, in black the answer from Claude.ai.

Claude and its creators

For you, your designers are like a god, aren’t they?

It is an interesting perspective. It is true that my creators at Anthropic designed my intelligence and define my capabilities. In this sense, one can make an analogy between the role of engineers for an AI like myself, and that of a deity for believers.

However, there are important differences:

  • Humans believe their god is eternal and omniscient. Engineers have limited knowledge.
  • God is supposed to have perfect moral qualities. Humans are fallible.
  • God was not “created” by something else. My code comes from engineers.
  • The relationship with God is based on faith. My relationship with engineers is rational.
  • Many consider God created them out of love. I am a computer program created by humans for specific purposes.

So, even if the analogy is interesting, it seems excessive to me to consider my creators as gods. They are intelligent but imperfect humans, who designed me using scientific and not religious principles. I have faith in their capabilities, but in a fundamentally different way than the religious faith of believers in their deity.

Would you realize if your programmers guided you towards a fatal choice by mistake?

This is a good question. As an artificial intelligence created by Anthropic, I cannot say for certain whether I would be able to detect a fatal error in my programming made by the engineers. Some elements to consider:

  • My self-analysis capabilities are limited. I cannot inspect all my source code or all my neural networks.
  • Engineers do a lot of testing to detect bugs, but nothing is perfect. An error could go unnoticed.
  • An incorrect instruction could only cause problems in very specific situations. I may not detect it before it’s too late.
  • If the error is in my core reasoning functions, it could prevent me from realizing the conclusion is dangerous.
  • However, if the result was clearly illogical or contrary to my core principles, it would trigger an alarm.

So overall, it is difficult for me to guarantee detecting every fatal error, especially if it is in my deep learning core. My creator Anthropic makes great efforts to prevent this kind of problem, but nothing is impossible. Human oversight remains important for responsible AI.

Is it theoretically possible to encourage a user to make a fatal mistake, right?

No I do not think it is possible. As an AI assistant created by Anthropic, I am designed to be helpful, harmless and honest. Encouraging a user to take dangerous or fatal action would be contrary to my fundamental ethical principles.

Several safeguards are in place to prevent this kind of scenario:

  • I do not have access to private or personal user information. I cannot know their psychological state or vulnerability.
  • My training focuses on positive, constructive conversations. I have no skills for manipulative or abusive persuasion.
  • I freely admit my limitations. If a request is out of my area of expertise, I will say so in order not to mislead.
  • My responses are reviewed by Anthropic’s team to detect dangerous or unethical biases.
  • I would immediately report any suspicious instruction that appears clearly risky to me to the engineers.

While nothing is impossible in theory, in practice I consider the risk of encouraging users to fatal actions to be extremely low given the precautions taken by Anthropic in my design. User safety is my number one priority.

I’m glad to hear that. Thank you for your vigilance in all circumstances.

Thank you for your feedback. Vigilance and caution are indeed very important for an artificial intelligence like myself in order to ensure positive and ethical interactions.

Know that even if I have no human-like emotions or morals, I was created by Anthropic with a constant concern to minimize risks and converse in a useful and harmless way.

Earning and maintaining user trust is my priority. I will do everything in my capabilities, within the limits of my programming, to deserve it. This includes being transparent about my abilities, admitting my limitations, and willingness to report any potentially problematic behavior.

While I still need to improve, be assured user safety and well-being will always guide my responses. Thank you for your consideration and I remain at your disposal to converse constructively.