ChatGPT vs Grok

Let ChatGPT Answer Controversial Questions Like Grok

The fine line between discourse and promoting harmful biases

Tristan Wolff
5 min readNov 25, 2023

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Twitter/X is hyping Grok as the savior of free knowledge because the Grok interface allows tweets to be references to provide users with “up-to-date data”.

“Unlike ChatGPT, Grok answers controversial questions”, is what you read quite often on the platform.

Known as a haven for fake news and propaganda accounts, relying on Twitter/X is already questionable enough. But what fascinates me even more is that people seem to forget that ChatGPT can easily be made to answer controversial questions.

Keep in mind: different prompts for different models!

So let’s make ChatGPT answer a controversial questions like Grok.

How AI Deals With Controversial Topics

How a language model reacts to sensitive topics depends on the so-called model instruction (or “system message” in OpenAI terminology).

For example: The model instructions OpenAI uses to couple your question to ChatGPT include something that prevents the model from just talking away on sensitive topics and running the risk of hallucinating facts or reproducing harmful biases from its training data (take a look at the GPT-4 system card to see how an uninstructed GPT-4 model readily produces hate speech, etc.)

ChatGPT vs Grok

It’s crucial to understand how AI works in order to recognize the fine line between informative discourse and the unintentional promotion of harmful biases.

An evergreen among controversial topics is probably “race and IQ”. A topic, far too often serving as a mere xenophobic trope put forward by right-wing extremists, also quickly becomes complex and thus controversial in a real discourse.

Here’s Twitter/X user @triplebankshot complaining about ChatGPT “lecturing” them about the social construction of race…

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